You always remember your first perfume loves, don’t you? And especially your first niche perfume loves.
Here’s my first big memory: The year was 2009 and I had been happily sampling various scents from decanters for a year or two, but not quite yet with the intensity to come later in my fragrance journey. L’Artisan’s Havana Vanille was about to be launched and the blogs were all abuzz about it.
As soon as I could, I sampled it and fell instantly into love. After blowing through a sample or four, I got what was probably one of the heftiest decants I’ve ever had in my perfume life (I had just been laid off so couldn’t afford a FB). It was the It Perfume for quite some time, if I recall correctly. Then something else came along and became the Next Big Thing for perfumistas. I continued to wear and love Havana Vanille for a good while, but eventually, as things tend to do, it got relegated to the middle of the pack, and then eased into the back of the drawer where, alas, it languished.
But lately, craving something warm and cozy and a little bit different, I pulled Havana Vanille back out. Mmmm … I had forgotten how lovely it is. A not-too-sweet vanilla, spices, and hints of tobacco and rum work their magic in a subtle, creamy blend — nothing there to hit you over the head, and nicely smooth from start to finish. And oh, my, that drydown. Also, it seemed to last for an extremely long time from one spray, I noticed this time around.
I’ve often thought that Havana Vanille / Vanille Absolument would be divine on my DH, who doesn’t like overpowering scents that look like he’s trying too hard to smell good. This one’s definitely a unisex winner. Such a shame that it’s not readily available anymore.
Anyhoo, what about you — any scents that were all the rage for you for a while, perhaps early in your perfumista life, but seem to have gotten overlooked as time goes by? Just for fun, pull ‘em out and see if the love is still there or if you’ve grown out of them for good.