Pandemic Perfume Diaries (Week 17)

I went through an intense vanilla phase early in my perfume-life, and even though I don’t wear gourmands as often I wear florals nowadays, I still hang onto samples and occasional bottles of vanilla-centered fragrances I’ve enjoyed at one point or another.

Last week, I revisited a few old oldies and one or two newer vanilla scents…

L de Lolita Lempicka

I bought this one just for the bottle, but I love the scent, too—it’s an orange-tinged, amber-y vanilla with a little spice and a lot of presence. One spritz is usually enough!

Robin mentioned it on Now Smell This when it was launched in 2006. Victoria reviewed it beautifully (of course) on Bois de Jasmin.

Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée

One of my favorite Atelier scents to wear, an ideal “summer vanilla” lifted up by citrus notes. One time I smelled it on Ralf Schwieger, the perfumer who created it. It worked really well on him, too.

Kevin praised it in a review on NST.

Imaginary Authors Telegrama

The latest offering from Imaginary Authors is a lavender-pepper-vanilla composition that skews masculine in the way it recalls old-fashioned classics like Caron Pour Un Homme. Not really my thing, but nice.

We announced it here, on NST.

Kilian Love, Don’t Be Shy

Back when the Kilian line was launched at Bergdorf and was being heavily promoted, I almost bought Love, Don’t Be Shy once or twice.

I was put off by the price…and by the almost overwhelmingly sweet vanilla-marshmallow note that swamps the orange blossom and rose notes. It’s just not something I’d be able to wear very often. Oh well.

You can read the original description on NST in a post from 2007.

Aftelier Vanilla Smoke

In hot weather I really appreciate good natural perfumes, because they “meld” with the skin and rarely overwhelm the wearer or anyone nearby.

When Angela reviewed it for Now Smell This, she wrote, “Vanilla Smoke is an easy-wearing blend of smoke and vanilla touched with amber. . . .The smoke is from Lapsang Souchong tea, and the vanilla is rooty and not pudding-like.”

You can read the rest of her review here.

Have you been wearing any vanilla-themed perfumes lately?


  1. Once again, you’ve come up with tempting list that I am not familiar with. Often when I see lovely LL bottles I flash back to a visit to our local TJX early in my perfu-mania. They had dozens of boxes of several different LL perfumes. I did not know as much about the blogs then, either. I looked at them and thought “these boxes look too cutesy and ‘Lolita!?!?’ this must be some off-brand!!” Sigh. Now I am such a big fan of the original, and Sweet, and I have a couple others. If only I had known. I wore YSL Cinema in the last few days – I was noting that it had more vanilla than I remembered.


      • Of course! Hi, Kathy. 🙂 I remember really liking YSL Cinema! Somehow the ad and bottle and scent didn’t really “go together” for me…I didn’t care for the visuals but then I sniffed it and enjoyed it.


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