Today I wore a sample of L'Artisan Parfumeur Havana Vanille, which, for all the talk of tobacco and leather and hay, smells an awful lot like their Vanilia. Like Vanilia times ten. Like vanilla cake batter with way too much vanilla extract. Like vanilla cake batter with way too much vanilla extract dumped over your head by your stupid frat-bro friends.
Aside from reminding you it might be time to get new friends, it's without merit and I've no idea what's behind all the online praise. But then I've no idea what's behind all the online praise for Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille either, which I recall smelling similarly unsubtle and objectionable.
I've been very curious about Havana Vanille, and haven't had a chance to lasso a sample yet. And your "cake batter" report has certainly put a pin in my balloon.
The thing I like about L’AP Vanilia is that it hardly smells vanillic, just kind of warm and sweet and ashy. Not edible. Which is good. I think wearing a perfume that's too realistically foodie makes you smell like you're a slob who spills all their food down their clothes. Which I am, which is why I don't want to emphasize that with my perfume!
That's the first time I've heard that one: you've an aversion to foodie perfumes because you're already self-consciously foodie.
"Cake batter" is probably too literal a description. It's not "cake batter" in the headache-y Yankee Candle way, but more in the vanilla-extract way. It smells like something vaguely vanilla that's been over-fortified by more vanilla. And alcohol.
Mostly, I can't quite identify all of the complexities that are seemingly so evident to others. To me, it's heavy and simple and boozy, like I remember Spiritueuse Double Vanille being. But I'm in the minority, so don't let me kill your enthusiasm.
I did read on one of the blogs that L'Artisan is discontinuing Vanilia, presumably because of Havana Vanille. Does that make sense? Smell Havana Vanille and tell me that makes sense. Because it doesn't make sense to me.
Fumeheads, please help us make sense of every vanilla-smelling thing in the world.