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middle-of-the-road bargain vanilla
Outremer's Vanille should please many fans of chewy vanilla candies, and at a very reasonable price. (It's available at Smallflower locations in Chicago and through their mail-order service at $22 USD for 100 ml.) To my nose, it's more of a genuine vanilla (vanilla extract) than the many vanilla offerings of Comptoir Sud Pacifique; has a bit more brown-sugar depth than the Perliers; has more body than the Laurence Dumont ones (Les Senteurs Gourmandes)and is not as overpowering as Lush's Vanillary. I tend to find this sort of straightforward vanilla a bit boring on its own, but it layers well. (It went nicely with L'Erbolario's Spezie, for instance.) It has moderate sillage and excellent lasting power.