Vanille Exquise (2004)

Vanille Exquise by Goutal / Annick Goutal
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Vanille Exquise is a perfume by Goutal / Annick Goutal for women and was released in 2004. The scent is sweet-gourmand. It is being marketed by AmorePacific / 아모레퍼시픽은.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAngelica, Almond
Heart Notes Heart NotesVanilla
Base Notes Base NotesBenzoin, Gaiac wood, White musk

Ratings

Scent

7.3 (168 Ratings)

Longevity

6.6 (117 Ratings)

Sillage

6.1 (104 Ratings)

Bottle

8.1 (111 Ratings)
Submitted by Seglein, last update on 25.01.2019
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ScentedSalon

96 Reviews
ScentedSalon
ScentedSalon
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Exquisite Is Right
Who knows if this is sugar free or fully gourmand: the point of this vanilla fragrance is to envelope the wearer in a shift of silky milk. The ritual continues with a dusting of almond powder. It is inherently feminine and airy. It smells like Play Doh but in a good way. I adore it.
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Dalmajen

45 Reviews
Dalmajen
Dalmajen
Very helpful Review    4
First Niche
This was my first Niche purchase. And, I bought it blind...I was so determined to have THE best vanilla fragrance. I purchased it based mainly on reviews, and this was my first lesson on getting samples first. Not that this perfume was wrong, it was just a shock, in the beginning. My first impression was, vanilla essence...Oh please no! But, that was just my nose getting used to the complete story. Once I applied, and let it settle, it was pure heaven. The almonds are very evident, as well as the dry vanilla. A very pleasant, but rich surrounding mist...but, so sad, as not very long lasting. Just when the whole story comes together...it fades. Stays close to the skin, but oh so briefly. Those who have a smaller perfume budget, would be disappointed, like myself). I have had quite a few of goutal samples, but have been wary purchasing again, as the staying power was just too short, for my liking.
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Dulcemio

34 Reviews
Dulcemio
Dulcemio
Helpful Review    6
angelic and feminine (not foody)
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. :-)
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Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
Helpful Review    4
Light Woody Playdoh Vanilla
It never ceases to amaze me how many vanilla perfumes there are in existence--and that their number appears to be increasing nearly as fast as that of those boasting oud! I suppose that it should not be that surprising, given the ready availability of the substance, as evidenced by the volume of vanilla extract consumed in kitchens each year. The big surprise to me is that so many people should want to smell like vanilla extract!

Vanilla used to be the signature back-drop to classic Guerlain perfumes, but all bets are off now post-Y2K. Since then, vanilla has stepped forward to claim an entire chunk of the grand olfactory map, and most every niche line-up has their equivalent to a vanilla-solifore. To say nothing of the huge group of sweet celebrity and designer vanilla-patchouli scents!

Annick Goutal VANILLE EXQUISE offers the vanilla note in a less-sweet composition with a bit more wood than usual and a slightly Playdoh-ish quality, although I hasten to add that it is nowhere even close to Dior HYPNOTIC POISON, in part because it is so much thinner, with the viscosity of water. On the house-manufactured card accompanying the sample I found that this eau de toilette is given as 91%, which I believe is verging on cologne territory.

In any case, upon initial application, I was struck by the similarity of the woody quality to that of this house's jasmine perfume, which I did not like very much. Here the same base appears to be present, but it is not so strong as to overwhelm the vanilla. Of course, that would probably be pretty difficult to do, but the point is that vanilla and wood are equal partners in this perfume.

The benzoin must be what accounts for what I perceive as a Playdoh quality. It is light and likeable, and overall this is a pretty nice vanilla perfume, as far as vanilla perfumes go. I am not that keen on such simple vanilla perfumes myself, but I'm sure that those who love to smell like wood-tinged vanilla extract will find lots to like here!
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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
Very helpful Review    3
Unsweetened vanilla
When it comes to vanilla-based fragrances, I'm used to those overly sweetened, synthetic, foody vanillas. Vanille Exquise is different.

This fragrance smells like true vanilla essence, minus the sugar or the foody qualities. Vanille Exquise is not the edible kind. It is not a gourmand.

Honestly, I was disappointed at first. I wanted lots of sweet vanilla and nutty almond, something that smelt like rich, luxurious vanilla ice-cream. What I got was a rather dry, concentrated and syrupy vanilla, with subtle spices and a powdery drydown.

It took a while for me to appreciate this fragrance, but now that I have embraced it, I am starting to like it even more.

Vanille Exquise is a nice change. This is vanilla for grown-ups, those with a more mature palate that leave all those teen vanillas behind in a blurry haze.

This fragrance is very comforting, and surprisingly lasting. While it may not be a gourmand-lover's dream, for those that like natural, raw vanilla, this fragrance is a must-try.

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