Hi there Posse, Vanilla Smoke is Mandy Aftel’s 2015 release. Mandy is known and loved for her stellar fragrances and also for her books on fragrance (Essence & Alchemy and Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent) and her natural perfumery school.
I bought a small parfum of this beautiful fragrance that wears like a Shalimar hybrid at the campfire.
Vanilla Smoke by Mandy Aftel for Aftelier Perfumes 2015
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Yellow mandarin, Siam wood, saffron absolute, vanilla absolute, lapsang souchong tea essence (tea leaves smoked over pinewood), coumarin, ambergris
Imagine if Shalimar had a grown up brother, a really handsome, affable fellow that everyone fell in love with. Even dressed up this brown skinned, effortlessly elegant, softly muscled man has a casual look, a rawness and vulnerability that hints at unseen depths. Charming and switched on. OK, so now you know what Vanilla Smoke smells like. Vanilla Smoke smells like that guy at 35 driving through the late spring forest in a convertible navy blue car with cream leather and wood interior.
How does Vanilla Smoke smell? Vanilla, spice and heavy resins with the strong smoky tea note of lapsang souchong, While expecting a heavy, dense fragrance I was pleasantly surprised that it is light, floaty and full of air. NOT what I was expecting from a vanilla but somehow Mandy has managed to capture the feeling of watching smoke rise around a campfire. The camaraderie, the warmth at your front and wild world at your back, the joy of being around people you like. This is definitely a summer version of the heavy hitters and while it won’t help to cool you down it will help you float through the heat.
Yes, you will be fully fragrant but not in cloying or bakery style vanilla. In Vanilla Smoke…..
Photo Stolen Aftelier
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