Lait de Vanille

Lait de Vanille by Chabaud
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Lait de Vanille is a perfume by Chabaud for women and men. The release year is unknown. The scent is gourmand-sweet. It is still in production.
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Perfumer

Sophie Chabaud

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesMilk
Heart Notes Heart NotesBenzoin
Base Notes Base NotesVanilla, Caramel

Ratings

Scent

6.9 | 62 Ratings

Longevity

6.6 | 48 Ratings

Sillage

5.7 | 51 Ratings

Bottle

6.9 | 46 Ratings
Submitted by medicine, last update on 25.01.2021.
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7
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Top Review    17  
French soul food
For one it's chocolate pudding with custard, for another chicken fricassee with rice. For the American author of a meditation book I own, it's corn porridge doused with hot pinto beans cooked for hours, and a cold pilsner. For the French author of a diet book I also own (howl), it's big slices of fresh bread spread with crème fraîche and dusted with cocoa. And for most, it's definitely a sweet, warm dish to spoon up: Semolina porridge with hot butter. Rice pudding with cinnamon and sugar.
Soul food, especially of its childish variety, is necessary for survival for anyone overtaken by the daily grind every now and then, which is probably why sweet soul food in particular is so often the mental base for gourmands. Sure, there are perfumes that imitate the scent of freshly cooked sugo with minced meat and tomatoes. Such scents even cost a lot of money. But you usually come across them in some niche sale. They may be a masterpiece in terms of craftsmanship - olfactorically they are as superfluous as a third shoulder. Sweet soul food, on the other hand, exposed and constructed in a seductively comforting scent and captured in a precious bottle, satisfies our need to let go, fly, cuddle, dream and feel safe in a particularly comforting way.

One such fragrance, of course, is "Lait de Vanille." Of the many Chabaud gourmands, it is not without reason rather restrained rated, he does not come up to the mimetic-olfactory images of our childhood memories: the hot cocoa after sledding, the delicious caramel sweets at grandma's house you do not immediately recognize here.
This is due to the top note, which shows itself a little bulky; a little bitchy it closes itself to the "Aaahhh" and "Ooooh" experience, because it is so difficult to assign, and the attempts in the statements to determine it probably confirm this. There is something like hot, sweetened milk, not burnt milk, not sour milk, not coked-out breast milk. It's already just hot milk and it's sugar, it's just that the two take quite a while to come together.
Then, in the heart note, the difficult couple succeeds in this challenge and an incredibly soft, sweet, but not too sweet, delicate, milky scent opens up, perhaps most reminiscent of semolina porridge with sugar, only without cinnamon. From that moment on, "Lait de Vanille" is a lovely, pleasant and wearable gourmand that holds back on the sillage and wraps itself around you like a tender embrace, granting a privacy that doesn't tolerate onlookers and so can never seem too ostentatious. Light vanilla and caramel tones, as the pyramid calls them, slowly flow into the fragrance picture and give it depth and also rudimentary complexity.
"Lait de Vanille" is in this respect a gourmand that a) is simple in terms of the number of its notes and also its development, b) is very pleasant and delicate in its simplicity and c) is just right for lovers of these fragrances or for longing for lost childhood. It is not a star among gourmands, but it does nothing wrong either. The fact that the top note is so slightly lost in space illustrates a bit of the process it takes to make a nice semolina porridge: patiently stirring with a whisk so nothing burns, and carefully adding sugar so it doesn't get too sweet. So if the image of a loving mother at the stove emerges - preferably a pretty French one, whose strands of hair falling into her face symbolise the serenity of a woman at peace with herself, and whose flower-printed apron accentuates her slender waist - then ideally "Lait de Vanille" really has done everything right in its quest for childhood.
13 Replies
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2.5
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Flavorite

240 Reviews
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I Think A Unicorn Just Wee-wee-ed On Me!
Underneath that sugary rainbow spray I detect a thick fluffy cloud of spun whipped and baked pure vanilla meringue. This is Eggy- dense and All-engulfing for about 5 minutes. Where are my roller skates and glitter? A varietable black-hole of confectionary delights- it's like a bsic natural vanilla on ectasy! A creme brulee of sweetness extravaganza. I hit the initial critical limit of coma inducing crunchy caramel in the first bite and within 30 minutes this scent recedes into a natural powdery soft sillage cloud of faint warm vanilla and powdery musk. The dry down is similar to Ava Luxe's "Nude Musk" and Sarah Horowitz "Perfect Veil". Both of which I found to be A scent, just not MY scent of choice- too similar to "Baby Powder Scented Deodorant". Sleepy, feline purring contentment. Clean, sweet, pretty a milk and edible tea biscuit treat... happy safe nap time. Starts off mythical; dissapears into the Orion belt within an hour. Did it ever really exist at all?
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5
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5
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Jbells

46 Reviews
Jbells
Jbells
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Milky vanilla on a burning stove
I expected this to open with vanilla vanilla vanilla, but it did not! I'm not exactly sure how to describe the opening, but it is definitely sweet with a bit of a bitter undertone, something like a strangely flavoured water. I almost recognize the scent, but it endlessly eludes me.

Over time, it gently draws out sweetened milk warmed over a hot burning stove, with a single vanilla pod sliced open to allow its flavours to diffuse slowly throughout the milk.

It's quite pleasant to see how this develops and becomes more and more of a pronounced gourmand towards the end, supplemented by an ambery, benzoic scent that seems to work pretty well. My only gripe is that it's still rather similar to two other Chabaud creations, the Lait de Biscuit and Lait Concentre. While there are notable differences from one to the other, at first smell, the three of them aren't very singular in nature.

Nonetheless, Lait de Vanille is still a pretty yummy milky gourmand that isn't too rich or sweet. Projection was quite alright, especially in the first 2 hours, with a maximum wear on me of about 4.5 hours.
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5
Bottle
Drseid

765 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
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How Sweet Is *Too* Sweet?...
Lait de Vanille opens with a super-sugary, syrupy vanilla with a slightly alcoholic benzoin undertone. As the composition moves to its heart accord the sugary sweetness remains, now fortified by amazingly sweet, slightly creamy caramel. The composition remains extremely linear through the finish with no further development to speak of. Projection is average and longevity below average at about 4-5 hours on skin.

Lait de Vanille is the sweetest vanilla composition I have encountered to date... Heck, it may be the sweetest composition of *any* kind I have encountered as of this write-up... The composition couldn't be much more simplistic and linear; it is sugary sweet syrupy vanilla and equally sweet caramel all the way. I am sure I am the wrong person to review this as I can't stand super-sweet compositions generally and dislike the inclusion of caramel in them specifically. As such, it should come as no surprise that I find Lait de Vanille an appallingly bad mix of my least favorite fragrance composition attributes, and quite frankly I don't think this works in any case, personal preferences aside. Lait de Vanille is a definite scrubber in the opinion of this reviewer. The bottom line is you have to *love* overt sweetness in general and super-sweet gourmands in particular to attempt to enjoy Lait de Vanille and I dislike both, awarding it a "poor" 1.5 stars out of 5 rating and a huge avoid recommendation for all except the most ardent sweet gourmand fans. Even to those, Lait de Vanille's overly simplistic nature may tire.
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Tinctureall

94 Reviews
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Slightly toasted milky langue du chat
Beautifully mastered milky vanilla. Gentle and sweet but not sickly. A warm caramel keeping it snuggly.

My daughter will adore this and I know a few teenagers who will go wild for it. I'm way too old to smell like this unless I'm burping a baby and it's an incidental. If you want to smell like a slightly toasted milky langue du chat baby biscuit, then look no further. It is beautifully crafted for this sort of fragrance.

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