Vanille & Narcisse by Karine Dubreuil for L’Occitane

Hiya Perfume Posse,WOO HOO!  Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies and today we are going to look at one of the currently most worn fragrances I own. Since I got this bottle it has never left my desk and it regularly gets spritzed for beauty,  sheer ease of wearing and longevity. Whenever I’m rushed or unsettled over the last six months this is the one I reach for, sweet, warm and comfortable and a no worries go-to that has a certain flamboyance as well.

Vanille & Narcisse by Karine Dubreuil for L’Occitane en Provence

Vanille & Narcisse L`Occitane FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Blackcurrant, bergamot
Heart: Gardenia, Narcissus
Base: Tonka bean, vanilla

Right out of the Vanille & Narcisse gate I get a swoony rush of resinous vanilla with a very faint bergamot sparkle (I wonder if I’m becoming anosmic to bergamot’s charms?) with a soft fruity wave like the first bite into a blueberry, kind of tart, sweet and watery all at once. Then a creamy, rich undercurrent of flowers that aren’t really definitive enough to have the names narcissus and gardenia tacked on to them, nevertheless they are very pretty and if I really suck the air deep into my lungs I do get a little bit of a daffodil mood. More like the smell of Vanille & Narcisse L'Occitane  Grigoris Deoudis Flickrthe cut stems and water than the flower, it’s a green-ness but it really can’t compete with the gorgeous base which is basically fully in place by the 30 minute mark with minor re-incursions of the other notes but the vanilla/tonka base is the force in the fragrance. To be honest I am surprised that there aren’t woods mentioned in the list because my nose when I wear Vanille & Narcisse says that there are woods with the vanilla, both creamy and dry woods and a little bit of a heated milk or cream with sugar nod too.

To my nose Vanille & Narcisse could be much more expensive, from a niche or exclusive designer range like the CHANEL or DIOR exclusives, it would even fit in Patricia de Nicolai’s stable neatly and it could be a warm Aqua Allegoria at Guerlain. That’s the kind of fragrance we’re talking about. Beautiful but simple and restrained. An elegant everyday into evening scent that will have you fragrant without being over the top, a quiet, self confident statement of authority with curves. A perfect spring or autumn scent that I also found excellent company through summer in Sydney. Great all rounder and a wonderful present.

Further reading: Now Smell This and Beauty Blog Of A Kind
L’Occitane World Page<< JUMP will take you to the site in your countryVanille & Narcisse is around US$75/75ml and has a range of matching bath & body products

Have you tried any of the Collection de Grasse range from L’Occitane? What about Vanille & Narcisse? Do you like the,? How did you rate them?
Portia xx

18 Comments
Accademia di Moda (@AccdiModa) June 9, 2014

This scent sounds addicting! Lately, we've been crushing on a Black Currant and Vanilla scent that's had us in a daze for at least a week! We look forward to trying this one out!

Ann June 9, 2014

Oh, Portia -- you are a wicked, wicked enabler! :) This sounds so lovely that I need to locate my nearest L'Occitane store and get on it. Thanks!

Flora June 7, 2014

OMG I must visit my local L'Occitane immediately - I had no idea that this existed! Portia, you make it sound so dreamy, I can't wait to try it.

poodle June 5, 2014

I haven't been into one of these stores in a long time so I have no idea what scents are on the shelves there. I used to love it but the last time there was a very overbearing SA who just latched onto me and wouldn't let me be. It happened more than once and I just stopped going because she was always working it seemed. I'd love an easy to wear vanilla that doesn't break the bank. It's always good to have a few of those perfumes in the cupboard.

solanace June 5, 2014

Sounds totally worthy of the evil eyes I will surely get at l´Occitane for spritzing myself.

jillie June 5, 2014

Well, Portia, you've made me want to give this another go. I've got a sample and when I first gave it a try I didn't like it because it wasn't what I was expecting - which is not fair to the perfume! So now all I have to do is find that little bottle amongst the scores of other tiny phials ............