Sunday, August 8, 2010
Guerlain's Spiritueuse Double Vanille
I have been meaning to sample Double Vanille for quite some time and have never gotten around to it.....that is....until I got a surprise in the mail. As much as I respect the House of Guerlain, I have never been moved enough to purchase.......except for a select few. I have a few of their masculine classics in my drobe and truly enjoy Chanel's Coromandel for its similar smoothness, but there's just something that always holds me back long enough to where I end up buying something more dangerous or edgy. ****( This paragraph has been edited due to temporary stupidity .....and needed fixing......)****
The first thing I noticed about the opening in SDV is that slightly off kilter, borderline urinous aroma very similar to a few other incense dominant scents I like......yet SDV isn't incense heavy. It doesn't last long and like the other incense frags, it quickly morphs into something round and smooth. Quality incense ingredients have a way of doing that to me. I have no idea why, but when I initially smell one and it has that weird transition aroma, it always transforms into a quality accord. Go figure........
Aside from the incense note, the opening affords a fruity-citric duo with incense smack in the middle of it. Within minutes, the volume is perfect and the blending masterful. It becomes smooth and deep smelling with surprising "swirl" attributes. The floral heart is combined with cedar and this accord reigns in the topnotes. There's hints of citrus and incense laden wood with no edginess due to the ylang. Rose and Jasmin are subtle augmentations, but add the necessary dry sweetness this transition needed. The benzoin and vanilla in the base ensure the drydown will be smooth, comfortable and relaxing.
I would wear this in a minute and can imagine SDV being one helluva cool to cold weather fragrance. Kudos to Guerlain for a superb creation that works on either gender.