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Friday, May 30, 2008

Perfume Review: Micallef Note Vanillee

Note Vanillee had to struggle against all sorts of odds to even be tested by the jaded little me. I don't like vanilla and I have been previously underwhelmed by Micallef's creations. But test it I did, and - you guessed it - loved it!

Typically vanilla scents smell of mum's cooking, chidlhood memories, of cuddles and smiles and all things nice. Note Vanillee is not that innocent. In fact, she is a dirty little thing and doesn't feel sorry about it. What it smells smells like Etat Libre d'Orange Jasmin et Cigarette with a generous dose of vanilla, rum and cognac added it to to make the brooding juice a lot more fun. Indolic flowers, cigarettes, booze and sweets... does it get any better? I adore the smoky, cheap-tobaccoey undertone Note Vanillee has on my skin. It smells like the morning after a very enjoyable night, the kind of night the memories of which make one blush and smile ear to ear as one struggles to get through the serious and mundane obligations of one's day...

A very naughty vanilla for those who don't do vanilla. Available at First in Fragrance and soon Luckyscent.

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Blogger tmp00 said...


10:21 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

yep! :-)

10:31 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ты понимаешь, что некоторые читают утром перед работой, а потом не могут сосредоточиться? )

10:37 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Понимаю :-)

10:41 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Безобразница. )

10:44 PM EDT  
Blogger Beth Schreibman Gehring said...

Okay, I'm a pretty straight girl, but goodness she's gorgeous:) This sounds like a vanilla that I'd love....I'm all about that rum soaked tobacco laden boozy, sweaty moment.....hmmmmmm......What a simply delicious review, I am as you say Miss M, biting my wrists in anticipation!

11:21 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I do think this might be your kind of vanilla too :-)

11:24 PM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Oh, this does sound delish! Naughty vanilla -I am SO there!

And Micallef is coming back to the U.S.? That's great news too!

11:31 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, yup, yup. My poor credit card. And oh, to be that girl in the photo.....

5:38 AM EDT  
Blogger lilybp said...

So you are saying that I will like this--despite the fact I generally don't like either vanilla or Micallef. Oh, dear!

6:19 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

They are coming back with a bang :-)

6:56 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

The girl is Julie Ordon, she's hot, no? :-)

6:57 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

well, I generally don't like either vanilla or Micallef, so...:-D

6:58 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Silvia and I had a lovely time testing the Micallefs in Fortnum and Mason a couple of months back. I liked more of them more than I thought I would. The guy selling them was darling. This one didn't make a huge impression on me but I remember it smelling fab on S and layered with Gaiac Wood it was wonderful. Lovely review Marina, thank you. Nicola

8:51 AM EDT  
Blogger marchlion said...

Wow, that sounds GREAT! And I wasn't even going to bother.

Although ... I wonder if you are the real Colombina the Terrible? You're blogging on Vanilla, and a few days ago you said you don't care about a leather scent, or something similar (on Guerlain.) Eeeek! Colombina's been kidnapped!

11:57 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this stuff. It's a potent brew on me & a dab is all I need. The decant I have now might last me until the next ice age. However, just in case I suddenly go mad with spritzing I'm very pleased to hear about Luckyscent ...

1:02 PM EDT  
Blogger NowSmellThis said...

Echoing March here...what's going on??? Have aliens invaded your body, or your nose, LOL?

1:12 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

What a great idea. I layered it with patchouli, but gaiac will be better!

7:41 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

The Terrible turned into The Mellow :-D

7:42 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

It isn't exactly potent on me, but it does have quite an ooomph

9:10 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I can't explain it in any other way either. I've been abducted and brainwashed :-)

9:11 PM EDT  
Blogger chayaruchama said...

This clearly has my name on it.
Great review, Marinochka !

7:05 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

It clearly has!

7:15 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my, this has my name all over it! So glad to hear Luckyscent will be carrying it. Must sniff!

5:55 PM EDT  
Blogger Unknown said...

how do you find gaiac wood to add?

3:31 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love your comments, all of them, and avidly learn. where do you find gaiac wood?

3:32 AM EST  
Blogger Tom Garmon said...

sounds sexy

Fine Perfumed Candles

4:09 AM EDT  
Blogger Tom Garmon said...

I actually like a vanilla
perfumed candle scent.Men tend to fine vanillas and cinnamon sexy while women like musk.

4:34 AM EST  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is truly a Unisex fragrance. It reacts with one's body heat. It radiates all things positive. They say first impressions are indellible. Ones'"scent" happens before anything else so I am happy to have this rare and exotic fragrance be my first impression.

2:19 AM EST  

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