Vanilla Bean Noel 2012

Vanilla Bean Noel by Bath & Body Works
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Vanilla Bean Noel is a popular perfume by Bath & Body Works for women and men and was released in 2012. The scent is sweet-gourmand. It was last marketed by L Brands / Limited Brands. Pronunciation
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Top Notes Top Notes VanillaVanilla CreamCream
Heart Notes Heart Notes CaramelCaramel ChocolateChocolate
Base Notes Base Notes Sugar biscuitSugar biscuit MuskMusk
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Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 25.03.2023.
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Unaffected Gourmand--Does Not Pretend to be Anything Other Than It Is
I own and love several B&BW fragrances. One that is reissued every November but that I had never tried before this season is Vanilla Bean Noel. Overall, reviews of it on several other sites, including B&BW's site, are quite positive, so I decided to purchase it this year just after Christmas during the semi-annual sale.

Firstly, this is undeniably a gourmand fragrance. I detect vanilla, caramel, and cream for the most part. At times, I think I can also detect a slight hint of chocolate. The shower gel smells very much like cookie dough to me whereas the body spray and body créme smell more like a combination of baked vanilla, caramel, and cream. It is definitely sweet, and I would not hesitate to call it festive. Overall, I like it, but I enjoy mainly on quite chilly to very cold days. On those days, it really feels warm and comforting. I cannot imagine wearing it during the warm weather months, which is probably one reason B&BW only issues it each each in November.

Longevity is outstanding. Projection and sillage are good. If I apply it in the evening after I bathe, I can still smell it on myself quite distinctly 10-12 hours later if I layered it with the body créme. (The body créme, by the way, smells even richer and more decadent than the body spray and could be used all by itself and still offer fantastic performance.)

If you like these notes in general, and if you like gourmands, this one is worth a try. If you purchase it during the semi-annual sale either at one of the stores or on the website, you can get it for 75% off, which is not much of a risk for a trio of body spray, shower gel, and body créme--well under $15.00 for all three.

Is it "sexy?" No. Is it "sophisticated?" Not in the least! Is it warm, comforting, and festive feeling during the coldest weather of the year? Yes. : )

Overall Rating As a Gourmand Fragrance: 7/10
Longevity: 9/10
Sillage: 8.5/10
Projection: 8/10
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