Friday, November 7, 2008

Serge Lutens Les Salons du Palais Royal Shiseido - Un Bois Vanille

Insanely sweet, but equally eccentric and cool, this Serge Lutens perfume isn't really something I'd wear myself. At the same time it is very hard not to appreciate the fun and joy that is so evident to have been part in the making of Un Bois Vanille.

I get a carefree "resort" vibe from it, probably due to a strong accord reminiscent of coconut. The vanilla is special on it's own, kind of "toasted" and with some bitterness - like the real pods. But together with the liquorice, sandalwood and sugary notes it transcends classic vanilla interpretations into something completely different - the quintessence of opulence.

f you're an obsessive vanilla fan and can handle this extreme gourmand on your skin - then you might find a party friend for life. Hedonistic, cocky and fun.

Year of Launch:
Gender Classification: Unisex
Reminiscent of: Coty Raw Vanilla, Hugo Boss Boss Bottled
Longevity & Sillage: Both well above average
Overall Rating: 6/1o

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