Dark, chocolatey vanilla
A few years ago I wore a fragrance by La Maison de la Vanille called Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar to University religiously. On cold, snowy days this fragrance kept me warm and focused with its rich, dark vanillary goodness. Today I spritzed on LaVanila Pure Vanilla and was reminded of this fragrance from my past.
I wish I still had a bottle of Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar to compare alongside LaVanila Pure Vanilla. The two are very similar, and I'm rather glad that others have also pointed out this similarity.
In regards to the scent itself, this vanilla is foody and dark. Like a chocolate chip cookie and a glass of warm milk, it's comforting and snuggly. Although the patchouli is dominant alongside the vanilla, it is no where near as earthy as you might expect it to be. It's quite sweet and smoky.
The name is a little misleading as this is not 'pure vanilla' as such. It's quite chocolatey, gourmand and creamy, which is not necessarily the scent of a real vanilla pod or the liquid essence. LaVanila Pure Vanilla is richly oriental at best, with dark gourmand qualities.
This fragrance projects quite strongly on the skin, with one or two sprays proving to be more than enough to get you through the day. I may have enjoyed LaVanila Pure Vanilla more if I hadn't already smelt Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar, as the similarities have deterred me, making me somewhat annoyed.
The longevity is excellent, and I don't doubt that this is a popular fragrance. However, I will be sticking to Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar as I had a little mishap in regards to skin chemistry with LaVanila Pure Vanilla, especially in the heart where it took a bitter, and somewhat 'dirty' turn on my skin.