Hey crew, In my last order from Fragrance and Art there arrived a bunch of manufacturers samples to try. I also just noticed an Essential Parfums 8x2ml set for under US$20!. Not affiliated in any way but it’s good to know. They have an excellent radar for things I’ll like and this time there were a preponderance of vanilla rich fragrances. Maybe because the north is heading cool but also maybe because I bloody LOVE vanilla. It has so many facets and depths, and rarely disappoints. Divine Vanille by Essential Parfums immediately had me excited by the name alone.
Perfumer Olivier Pescheux is one whose work you definitely know; One Million, Herod, 34 boulevard Saint Germain, and Yohji Homme are just some highlights of his current 123 perfumes in Fragrantica.
Divine Vanille by Essential Parfums
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Black Pepper
Heart: Incense, Osmanthus, Pomarose
Base: Madagascar Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Siam Benzoin, Texas Cedar, Musk, Patchouli
Sometimes I write part of a post and then lose the sample. It stays here, in limbo, till I give up and delete the post or till I find the sample! Well, here we are moths later and I have refound it. I’m so dumb, could easily have come checked this post and found that it ws a grey carded manufacturers sample, not a red box. Who knows what I’ve mixed it up with? So we are here today to FINALLY write about Divine Vanille.
The opening is vanilla rich amber with some bells and whistles. Lightly spiced and a faint scratchy whiff of black pepper keep us firmly in the kitchen but savoury rather than super sweet. We have some South Korean cracker biscuits that are a little like this. A line drawn between the two poles.
As the heart makes itself known I get the rustic greenery of clary sage and subtle hints of osmanthus, that leathery white floral. Still reigning supreme though is the amber. It has started to gain a little smooth earthy patchouli that gives it some grunt, it also takes it into L’Artisan Havana Vanille territory. Add to it some lightweight animalic references and the fragrance remains interesting.
Heading towards dry down and Divine Vanille starts to get sweeter and more cookie in the oven-ish. Held grounded, and even a skew towards masculine, by the various resins. That smokiness giving the cookies a baking feel probably comes from somewhere there too. The patchouli takes itself in and out over time. I find that keeps my nose interested and the fragrance doesn’t send me nose blind.
I REALLY like Divine Vanille. It’s not incredibly ground breaking but it smells so good. Unisex, good longevity and moderate projection. It’s also very well priced, even bargain.
The question is, “Do I have enough vanilla perfumes?” Do you?
There is no such thing as too many vanilla perfumes! I haven’t tried this particular one but I am a big fan of Guerlain SDV and Dior Vanilla Diorama.
HA! TaraC, we are definitely tribe.
This has been on my rather large buy list for awhile. I am not a huge vanilla scent lover, at least straight vanilla. It’s not that I don’t like the smell, I do, but the sweeter versions make me go foraging in the kitchen for sugar laden treats! I really liked this vanilla for it’s spice and slight incense. Plus a good price!
I like it that you get this not too sweet thing from Divine Vanille too. Sometimes when I am writing fragrance it occurs to me that maybe it’s just going to smell like this for me.
VERY good price.
Sounds gorgeous but I have far too many vanillas. Some embarrassing but lovely (Kayali Vanilla & Vanilla Coco), cheap (Outremer), expensive (SDV), Ltd Eds (Shalimar Millisime Vanilla Planifolia),….. you get the idea. I do miss the custard nutmeg vanilla of original Addict, how does spiced Divine Vanille compare?
I never smelled original, or later, Addict. Not quite sure why but it never caught my eye while at the mall.
My memory of it is crème anglais & a sprinkle of nutmeg or an English egg custard tart.
Not too sweet & not a vanilla bomb but just on the right side of vanilla to make it a gourmand.
Maybe they are a bit similar then Alityke, you’ve peaked my interest.
2002 Addict is as common as Unicorn poop. The current version is a white floral rather than vanilla centric. Vanilla is still in there but the white flowers are centre stage now.
Not a vanilla fan here either: I do like and wear some, but I don’t actively seek them out. Not too sweet though might be what would work for me.
I could see this being a good choice for you.