I don’t have much today. I’m working on a post for next week but it won’t come together till then.
I’ve been wearing Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille because well, I have a sample and I thought I should play with it. (I took it on holiday but didn’t pay much attention – Tauer Sundowner got more love.)
Tom wrote about Double Vanille in May.
Launched in 2007, with Jean-Paul Guerlain as nose, Fragrantica calls it an amber fragrance. I guess. Notes include pink pepper, bergamot, cedar, ylang, rose, jasmine, vanilla and benzoin.
It’s not tooth-achingly sweet – smoky vanilla, a bit of citrus up top, weird green juicy as it moves along (that phase doesn’t last long), then there’s a short period of really weird vanilla juicy pine. I’m thinking the jasmine is doing weird stuff. It all resolves itself into a salty vanilla drydown. Yeah, seriously. This is not what Tom got from it.
One day last week, I layered it with Masque Milano Madeleine just to see how out there I could get.
I ended up with madeleines to the max. Just vanilla almond chewy much. It was fine – I really like the chewy feel — but I won’t do that again – even though it meant I lost the salty aspect.
Then, I did Shalimar and Double Vanille. It was … not bad. I end up with a very peppery vanilla. One dimensional, strangely, given both Shalimar and DV are not.
If I owned Lutens apple pine thing Fille en Aiguilles I would have put Double Vanille over that.
On its own, this is not my type of vanilla. But it sure was fun to muck around with it.
Do you like Double Vanille? Do you feel the need to play around with it? Do you ever have those perfume days when you need to make messes?
(Pics are from Pexels)