Vanille Absolument
Havana Vanille
2009

Vanille Absolument / Havana Vanille by L'Artisan Parfumeur
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Vanille Absolument is a popular perfume by L'Artisan Parfumeur for women and men and was released in 2009. The scent is gourmand-spicy. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Main accords

Gourmand
Spicy
Sweet
Oriental
Powdery

Fragrance Pyramid

Top Notes Top Notes
RumRum CloveClove OrangeOrange Mandarin orangeMandarin orange
Heart Notes Heart Notes
TobaccoTobacco Dried fruitsDried fruits NarcissusNarcissus RoseRose
Base Notes Base Notes
VanillaVanilla BenzoinBenzoin Tolu balmTolu balm Tonka beanTonka bean VetiverVetiver MuskMusk

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7.6242 Ratings
Longevity
8.0178 Ratings
Sillage
6.4166 Ratings
Bottle
8.2162 Ratings
Value for money
7.512 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 15.02.2023.
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Meggi
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Top Review 29  
Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better - or: Challenge for Mona
The title refers to a number from the Irving Berlin musical "Annie Get Your Gun". Now a piece of such harmlessness, that even a recording with Doris Day exists, certainly does not do justice to a vanilla scent like the one on hand. The only reason I even think of it is because I once saw a photo of Birgit Nilsson - the celebrated 'Brünnhilde' of her generation in her main job - and Franco Corelli, which showed the two after a joint 'Turandot'. It was inscribed: "After a Turandot duel: Anything you can sing, I can sing louder." The latter became a familiar word in connection with the Swedish artist's work in the Italian field. If you go to youtube.com/watch?v=6dJDrFphGkA, for example, you know what to do
From my previous testing activities, today's L'Artisan is the oldest candidate, which contrasts a massive, tangy vanilla with a truly worthy counterpart of cloves and varieties. Therefore, it seems to me that Bertrand "Corelli" Duchaufour has, so to speak, presented what a few years later would lead Mona "Nilsson" di Orio to a - perhaps exaggerated - summit with her vanilla. As if she had accepted a challenge, as it were.

Already the prelude of "Vanille Absolument" is quite grouchy for a vanilla scent. Daffodil stink fits at least as an image. With a tart citrus fruit that brushes against the cheesy feet; perhaps bergamot was omitted in the information. Old dried fruit. But above all, a furry, eugenoly anaesthetic note is noticeable, reminiscent of dentist and some throat pills.

A rough, spicy carpet, interwoven with restrained, yet concentrated, tangy, unfruity acidity (vetiver-green is probably involved) is meticulously careful not to let the vanilla become sweet and soon gets bitter-biting, subterranean tobacco to its aid. I also imagine a trace of Leukoplast-Elemi. Such a fragrance can really be called adult and unisex anyway. Strong announcement
It is a pity that from the late morning onwards the action drifts towards wax. In addition, from midday onwards there are also signs of a plastic amber vanilla. Nevertheless, it cannot be overestimated that its influence is successfully tamed until the end. A mixture of rough (vetiver?), resinous and creamy (somehow ambry) keeps a certain amount of tension until the end.

Conclusion: Successful. And sufficiently serious. For me at least, in retrospect, Mona's "I Can Do More Serious" would not have been necessary
I thank Yatagan for the rehearsal. It doesn't matter that the alleged head-notes rum was already gone - cheers! Because now I can give the tester to my son without hesitation, he likes vanilla scents.
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IamCraving
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Top Review 14  
Hot'n Cold or the best of both worlds
When I write about a fragrance - and it doesn't happen that often - it usually jumps right at me. Of course, there are also the favourite scents, those that have made it into a top so-and-so folder, those that touch and delight you again and again and those that you have been longing to talk about. But strangely enough, I dare to approach these treasures less often than those perfumes that suddenly come rushing at me from the depths of our fragrance universe. It doesn't even have to happen on the first test, but when it does happen, there is suddenly an inexplicable urgency to express and share the sensations triggered by the brew, to turn the fragrance into words, as it were, just as programme music does the opposite with words and music.

So the more lyrical the fragrance, the more words and sensations that already flow out of it, the stronger the attraction to reach for paper and pencil to pick up these little stories or even mere scraps of sense and make them readable.

I felt the same with Vanilla Absolument, it is truly a fragrance that can be said to have "character". But not only that, it is completely unusual, provoking a double look, or even double sniff, so surprising is its prelude, its transitions, its images.
The most astonishing thing is probably this unbelievably - and I mean this literally - smooth and cool vanilla, which already comes rolled up in the top note, like a shiny billiard ball and which makes the other scent balls arranged in a triangular shape come tumbling apart.

Like the crisp air in a stalactite cave and as smooth as the stalactites cut by the clear water is the trenchant scent of this vanilla.
That's why I like her so much, as I'm usually less taken up with vanilla-heavy compositions, because she refuses all the many sweet and sticky, comatose cookie creations that are too large, and her gentle warmth also seeks out a squiggly, slowly climbed path.

Into the cathedral-high cave, whose stone is as black as the pod it smells of, a timid ray of light suddenly penetrates through a crack as the sun moves. As slim as it is, it warms the spot it hits on the ground with its balmy embrace.
Now the fragrance seems like a collage layered with itself, a two-tone cord dangling from the damp stone wall, a change of filmic attitude, a dynamic parallel montage that jumps back and forth between the constant coolness and the billowing spiciness that announces itself through tobacco leaves and tonka bean, a photograph whose play of light and shadow embodies our many layers of consciousness, shallows, desires, extremes and repressed potentials.
With some distance the pleasantly fresh air still caresses us, it is very cold when we suck it in, but when we come closer and the longer the round molecules fill the room, the more a pleasant spice and uncheesy sweetness spreads, which remind us of dates with almond paste, whisky and resin.

The finale is modest, the unobtrusive sweetness of benzoin increasingly joins the main protagonists and creates a silky roundness that is second to none.

I have seldom experienced before that a fragrance can rush along two tracks - one wheel glides over the ice-smooth track through airy heights, the other generates pressure and thus warmth in the curve - towards its wonderfully sensual finale, and this is the greatest joy I have ever experienced when observing the development of this widely felt and multi-faceted creation.
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Awesomeness

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Awesomeness
Awesomeness
Top Review 6  
Not an edible cookie
Many of the low sugar vanillas are simply too masculine for me to pull off. For instance, take any of the unisex Serge Lutens or Tom Fords that are vanilla-based -- Not only are they awful on me, but they are despised by those around me. However, I still love the dry & dark character of many of those fragrances.

Thank goodness for Vanille Absolument. For a gal who tends to favor feminine and sweet vanillas, Vanille Absolument is very wearable, even if it is not an edible cookie. I still get that dry & dark characteristic that I love, plus the tobacco is fairly prominent in the heart. In addition, there is a wee bit of spice, a tinge of floral and some rum on top - all of these accords make it an interesting and complex vanilla scent to wear.

In the heart, Vanille Absolument is a cigar - a vanilla-tinged one, but still a cigar, from the leaf wrapper to the moist tobacco to the smoke as it burns, this is cigar and a likable one at that. As a former cigarette smoker and an occasional cigar smoker, Vanille Absolument has me jonesing for more. However, it's not so overwhelming that I will jump off the wagon, so I think non-smokers and former smokers still might be OK with it.

When dry, Vanille Absolument is a vanilla skin scent on me. The balsam, tonka bean, and benzoin, coupled with the vanilla, make it noticable but soft. Overall, Vanille Absolument works with my girlie-girl chemistry, instead of against it like many of the Lutens and Fords.

Vanille Absolument is a dark, oriental vanilla. Unlike my experience with most vanillas marked unisex, this one truly is. I highly recommend it for sampling by cookie eaters, vanilla lovers ... and smokers.
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7.5
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7.5
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10
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TeaWithMilk

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TeaWithMilk
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Very helpful Review 8  
Green Vanilla
This is one of my very favorite vanillas. Lightly spiced, musty, and a little bit green, Vanille Absolument stands out as unique. It is not a smoky, incensy vanilla, nor is it too dark or intense. Its green naturalness gives it an inherent simplicity. Very wearable and versatile for so many different occasions, but I like to use it for casual days. If I put vanilla in my mouth that tasted like this, I would spit it out. It takes talent to create such an inedible vanilla. It's just like a vanilla cigar that has not been lit.

SUMMARY: "I asked her what's her name, she said Guantanamera." ~Wyclef Jean
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7.5
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Sherapop

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Sherapop
Sherapop
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Cuban Fantasy
Simple vanilla perfumes generally strike me as boring and banal, probably because they smell so much like the big bottle of Mexican vanilla bean extract in my kitchen. Yes, it smells good, but I cannot really muster up much enthusiasm for the idea of showering my body with it. L'Artisan Parfumeur VANILLE ABSOLUMENT, however, that's a very different story.

This is probably the most complex vanilla perfume I've ever encountered, so the first wonderful aspect is that it really seems like a perfume rather than just a mono-note vanilla fragrance. There are so many beautiful and engaging facets to this creation that it is hard to say which I find most appealing. The tolu balsam and benzoin add a creamy lusciousness. The tobacco leaf has a fresh greenness, but also the scent of processed tobacco before burning. The rum is evident in the opening, but it smells more like cognac to me, thankfully, since I dislike rum. There is an initial booziness, but it is brown (not dark rum!) without having any sort of molasses quality to it. At times the composition seems woody to me, perhaps it's the vetiver. The florals are blended in with everything else to embellish the creamy vanilla and tobacco facets. It may sound like a mess, but the blend works beautifully for me.

I always eschewed vanilla perfumes before, but this complex and gorgeous creation has proven at last that a great vanilla perfume is possible. Thank you Bertrand Duchaufour!
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KimJongKimJong 3 years ago
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9
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My first L'Artisan Parfumeur. Relaxed and lustrous vanilla with rum and cigars. It's as beautiful as the city's fascinating night view.
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HermeshHermesh 7 years ago
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Dense, warming, slightly powdery gourmand with initially overwhelming alcoholic note, which is replaced by milky vanilla sweetness.
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