Tom Ford Vanille Fatale was just released. I was prepared to hate it/love it, sorta like any other vanilla Tom Ford, which are actually pretty none, except Tobacco Vanille. That one definitely is a hateit/loveit. Get what they are doing, know it’s wildly popular, but it’s just tooooooo much for me.
Tom Ford Vanille Fatale is everything Tobacco Vanille is not. Has a touch of suede, so check on the leather. Has incense in it. Yeah, that’s working for me. Oh, let’s see, what else? Coffee. OMG, yes. Just the right amount. Myrrh and saffron whispering around the edges. And then… narcissus and a wee bit of frangipani. you’re not going to notice those that much, but it smooths lots of things out in all the right ways. All the notes – saffron, coriander, myrrh, olibanum, vanilla, coffee, narcissus, frangipani, mahogany and suede.
Honestly, I could not love this any more than I do. It’s a little Le Labo Vanille, but not that ephemeral, has some of the best things about Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille in there, but holds back on slapping you in the face with the tobacco and vanilla. It is pretty much perfect, I can’t think of anything I would change in it. It is a wafting vanilla, not too heavy, balanced out beautifully by the incense and coffee. Not much makes me so happy as a well-done coffee note thrown in.
There have not been a lot of Tom Ford Private Blends that I wear much. Some I like, the one white floral, Shanghai Lily, that I do wear now and then. I love London for its skank, just don’t wear it much. I’ve been wearing Tom Ford Vanille Fatale every day since I got it a few days ago, finally just decanted out a good-sized decant to have with me.
Shocked? Yeah, wasn’t expecting this to be this subtle and easy to wear. Vanilla used to not be a love for me, but I’ve learned to appreciate a few of them, and I am super happy to be adding this to my Vanilla I LOVE list. I don’t think you have to be a vanilla lover to appreciate it. You may not wear it that much, it’s not heavily gourmand, it’s a nice blend with the other notes. If you demand your vanilla be super strong, it may not work for you.
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