I fell in love instantly with this exquisite, elegant, high-end smelling perfume. Unlike some other reviewers, I enjoy this precisely because it does NOT remind me of vanilla extract in any way, shape or form. To my nose, the musk, wood and floral notes make sure of that, but more importantly, it doesn't seem like the base is even of the extract variety to begin with. (I have a vanilla extract type scent called Laura Mercier Vanille Gourmande, so I know what people are referring to. I swear, you could bake with that stuff! The other notes in that one simply cannot compete with the vanilla extract, they can only complement it.)
To me, Vanille Exquise, though it might be quite linear, is a creative and beautiful combination of vanilla, almond, musk and wood, with a shy floral presence. It makes the air around me seem ethereal, soft and feminine, with a sweetness that cannot be found in a bakery. It's one of the few perfumes I wear that actually affects my mood with it's subtle elegance. And though subtle, it still projects very well into my personal space, which is all I care about, and lasts all day long.
Side note: Sherapop, I've always figured the play-doh note came from almond, since whenever reviewers mention play-doh, it seems more often than not there is almond involved. Apparently I'm down with play-doh in perfume, since I seem to own and love a few of those. :-)