Reviews and Problems with Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille
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1 May 2013
Summary: I've wanted to try this fragrance for years, because I love vanilla and oriental fragrances. When first applied, Spiritueuse Double Vanille smelled similar to the way Lolita Lempicka's L De Lolita Lempicka smells on me - spicy, dark, sweet. As it dries down, though, Double Vanille starts to remind me of candle wax and melting plastic. I'm not even sure that I'd say it smells very heavy on the vanilla on my skin, but the drydown is definitely off on me.
Summary: SDV, like Les Nombres d'Or Vanille from Mona di Orio is not of the sickeningly sweet or powdery kind of vanilla making it a welcome rarity among most I have tried. My first impression was of a very mildly sweet rum, natural vanilla bean, and maybe even a bit of tobacco after about 20-30 minutes in. I definitely like it and could see why others would consider it their favorite.
Summary: I had to say Yes, I would buy this again (even though I didn't buy it the first time). I am one who loves the scent of vanilla, but have never felt the need to own more than a couple. I've never smelled one that stood out too much from the rest. All very pleasant--some more or less than others--but still, it's just vanilla. THIS vanilla is different. I smell all the notes, blended beautifully, yet individually noticeable.
Summary: Spiritueuse Double Vanille is a lovely scent (5 lippies for the scent), but the price is astronomical. I know this is Guerlain but I think L de Lolita by Lolita Lempicka smells very, very similar and considering this fact, there is no way I'd pay $200+ dollars for Spiritueuse Double Vanille (hence my 2 lippie rating). Sorry, no full bottle sale for me.
Summary: If you want a sexy sophisticated vanilla for adults, this is it. Boozy at the opening, bourbon vanilla, dried fruit, pipe tobacco, incense. Delicious and so fine..... If you like TF Tobacco Vanille, Chergui, or Shalimar parfum, you'll probably love Spiritueuse Double Vanille.
Summary: Think slightly boozy, white chocolate, pipe tobacco smoke... That would be SDV. It's probably the most gorgeous and sophisticated vanilla I have ever smelled!!! I wear this on the coldest days and imagine that I am staying at a mountain cabin, sitting on the couch reading a novel, while feeling the warm of the fireplace and my SDV. It's pricey but so worth it!
Summary: Straight out of the vial, while still wet on my skin, Guerlain SPIRITUEUSE DOUBLE VANILLE smells exactly like vanilla extract. High-quality bourbon vanilla extract, but vanilla extract all the same. A few seconds later, a dark and dirty demeanor shows its face—so dark that I thought ever-so briefly that it might be leather, but it appears to have been frankincense. The next somewhat surprising development is the emergence of something sour and unpleasant.
Summary: I'd like to qualify the "no." If this were widely available, and priced at about half the cost - say, at the same priceline as all other Guerlains, yeah, sure I'd buy it. But I don't think this cost significantly more to make, certainly not to the degree they're charging. And Guerlain has a right to try and make a profit, and vanilla is all the thing, so... good on them. But not for me. Seperate from that, is this a good fragrance? Absolutely.
Summary: In a word, intoxicating. By this, I don't mean burn-your-throat overpowering. I mean, this smells expensive and rich and decadent and almost like a liqueur you might sip on in a smoky hookah bar somewhere exotic. No dusty drugstore vanilla here, and definitely not everyone-is-wearing-it-Hanae-Mori cloyingly sweet vanilla.
Summary: The opening is very strong, even overwhelming booze and sharpness. Very perfumey. I can see how impatient people could be disappointed. However, given 20 minutes this morphs into a gourmand vanilla lover's heaven. Warm, edible and sweet, with a nice shot of rum and a hint of expensive tobacco, this is at once sophisticated and I-want-to-eat-my-arm delicious. I definitely want a bottle.