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Challenge in Advent: On the way to "my" vanilla scent - 11 December 2019
Vanilla de Zanzibar is extraordinary, I think. The name alone, this opposition pair of "vanilla" and "Zanzibar", gives you an idea of how far this fragrance goes. Far beyond the mere indication of the main ingredient and its origin. Like the impressively wide wings that the eagle spreads out to fly, like the infinitely dazzling wheel that the peacock beats to show itself in all its beauty. Is it a winter scent? Is it a summer scent? Vanille de Zanzibar covers the seasons from one end to the other and fills the space in between completely. Decided undecided? No. And therefore not only sweet-gourmandig, as the description lets one believe. But fresh and summery in the beginning. Yes, Zanzibar could be that, warm palm trees on a white beach, bright, sunny warmth, a glitter on the sea that shows in the fruity initial notes. And immediately this glitter is softened by the flowery, dry spice of jasmine, which recalls the image of sand - the image, mind you, this dry warmth. Then, very soon, the vanilla comes to bear, in all its softness, gentleness and sweetness, and one is almost inclined to believe that the dream of Zanzibar was only a winter longing by the fireplace, while it storms outside and one cuddles up in cosy warmth into the seductive delicacy of the yellow winter vanilla. But then this homely feeling is touched again by the soft sounds of the flowers, a scent of spring, a slight hint of only, a warm, fragrant wind. Finally, one perceives the base that gives vanilla its stand and it became autumn, woody, earthy notes reminiscent of walks in the woods, of a golden October in which the trees smell spicy.
What a journey you can make with Vanille de Zanzibar. The fragrance is so balanced, so mild, so carried by all the notes that surround vanilla from all sides and make it shine. I think Vanille de Zanzibar can always be worn, all year round, at any time and with any feeling. To reduce this fragrance to sweet or gourmandig would do him wrong, he can do so much more. Each of its facets is fine and delicate and attunes itself to every need. I think whoever loves vanilla should definitely have this scent. Not as an all-round weapon that always fits, but as a magician who changes the effect of a chameleon according to mood and situation and adapts to the wearer. I find this fragrance extraordinarily beautiful.