Une Vanille by Obvious

Hi there Posse! Back in my year end roundup for 2021 I mentioned Une Vervaine by the Obvious brand. Currently I’m working my way through a 3ml Surrender To Chance Une Vanille decant and loving it sick. There’s maybe one wear left after writing and it’s now quite high on the To Buy List. I love the idea that brand creator David Frossard has; of blending simplicity and elegance in (with) self-respect and environmental protection. The packaging are as recycled and recyclable as is possible today.

Une Vanille Obvious

Une Vanille by Obvious 2020

Une Vanille Obvious

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Tonka Bean
Heart: Vanilla
Base: Musk

Bean sweet. Both tonka and vanilla being seeds/pods. It’s not a bakery sweetness, well not a complete cake. Une Vanille is dryer, less edible, more woody and darker. Much like the thick, dry, boozy, smoked earthy scent of a real vanilla pod. A shapeshifter and yet from afar or in dry down a better than skin scent.

If those super sweet candy gourmands are your favourite then this might be too sophisticated for you. On the other hand Une Vanille could be a very easy next level. It could even be a heavier, sexier, night or winter scent.

For those that really don’t love the super sweeties the darkness and nuance here will be far more important than that it’s sweet.

Une Vanille Obvious

As the heart emerges I find that Une Vanille dries out completely. Becomes quite like a vanilla version of sandalwood, dry but creamy and still a little sweet over the woodiness. This is how the fragrance continues till fade. Surprisingly I still get fine vanilla wafts 8 hours later, sheer as.

100% unisex, moderate projection after about 40 minutes and very good longevity, without becoming annoying. After about 6 hours it’s soft enough to add a different scent over the top, as long as it’s got some vanilla or amber tucked away inside.

Would you Une Vanille?
Portia xx



  • Sara Lance says:

    It’s Really Amazing fruit of the wild orchid. Return to this exotic fruit, to this black pod that is happily opened to release its sensual sweetness.
    And I am Really Mesmerizing By moving away from the gourmet and very luscious vanilla.

  • Musette says:

    I’ve never really jammed on vanilla – but having really enjoyed the lovely Vanilla Barka (Amouage) I’ve been considering a shift in my mindset. This may be my gateway.


  • Tom says:

    I really need to get to Scentbar..

    • Portia says:

      GAH! The jealousy I feel about you living SO CLOSE to it.
      Call Andrew and meet up there. Sniff ALL THE THINGS.
      Also send the boys my love.
      Portia xx

  • March says:

    Oh, this sounds absolutely like something I would love! And I really, really like that bottle for some reason.

    • Portia says:

      Agreed on the bottle March, clean lines, simple but there’s been some real thought in making it interesting.
      Portia xx

  • Kathleen says:

    I like the ideals regarding sustainability. I’ve not heard of this perfume house but am intrigued. This sounds like a simple and soft not too sweet vanilla. I’d love if it had a powdery dry down?

    • Portia says:

      I’d love to say my memory includes powderiness but I’ll have to give it another wear too confirm Kathleen.
      Simple, but also very complex.
      Portia xx

  • MMKinPA says:

    That one sounds great. Haven’t tried this line yet but on the list!

    • Portia says:

      I’ve only tried about half the line MMKinPA and they’ve all been very comfortable, easy wear beauties. Nothing confronting or crazy weird, but not boring either.
      Portia xx

  • Dina C. says:

    Portia, The dry down of this one sounds very attractive. That dry, woodsy vanilla is the rare vanilla that I might really enjoy, especially in cooler weather. Thanks for the introduction.

  • alityke says:

    Consider me lassooed. This sounds right up my strasse

  • cinnamon says:

    “… thick, dry, boozy, smoky, earthy …” Well, that sounds … sort of amazing.

    • Portia says:

      Yes. It’s quite like vanilla pods Cinnamon. So many different pieces of the puzzle. I find it captivating but not overwhelming.
      Portia xx