Vanille Fatale 2017

Vanille Fatale by Tom Ford
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Vanille Fatale is a popular perfume by Tom Ford for women and men and was released in 2017. The scent is sweet-gourmand. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies. Pronunciation
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Perfumer

Yann Vasnier

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesSaffronSaffron
CorianderCoriander
MyrrhMyrrh
FrankincenseFrankincense
Heart Notes Heart NotesRoasted barley
Roasted coffeeRoasted coffee
NarcissusNarcissus
FrangipaniFrangipani
Base Notes Base NotesBourbon vanillaBourbon vanilla
MahoganyMahogany
SuedeSuede

Ratings

Scent

7.9231 Ratings

Longevity

8.2205 Ratings

Sillage

7.5204 Ratings

Bottle

8.5204 Ratings

Value for money

6.968 Ratings
Submitted by OPomone, last update on 20.01.2022.
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Osho2002

54 Reviews
Osho2002
Osho2002
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Best Vanilla in town
Opening with a quiet but fiery growl of saffron and coriander, Vanille Fatale's mystery soon deepens as a smoky blend of myrrh and olibanum incense begin to cloud the room, draping themselves around a sweet floral bouquet and an increasingly creamy, sensuously full vanilla. As coffee and roasted barley bring a comforting, yet subtly edgy dose of warm and resinous character, a rich mahogany wood keeps everything in balance, providing enough robust unisex woodsiness to make this scent an easy recommendation for men and women alike. And for those of us who prefer a finely-sharpened blade to blunt force, Vanille Fatale is a sotto voce stunner, ideal for drawing the object of your seduction ever closer without shouting over the room. Think of it as the ultimate secret weapon- and deploy it accordingly.
8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
Sillage
8
Bottle
7
Pricing
VentoAureo
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VentoAureo
Helpful Review    5  
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Vanille Fatale is for my nose a mixture of floral alcoholic vanilla, relatively unsweet, at least in direct comparison with Tobacco Vanilla. Sometimes VF has hints of a floral vanilla body lotion or shower gel from the drugstore, but then it also likes to spill over again into a very luxurious vanilla. I barely detect any alleged coffee-wheat notes. The general scent impression is quite wet, rich, liqueur-like, somehow moist, not at all dry or super sweet like other vanilla fragrances.

With other vanilla scents I have the image of candy in my head, or vanilla sugar...which can also have its charm, with Vanille Fatale on the other hand I think of homemade vanilla extract, vanilla beans pickled in vodka, stored in the dark for several months, shaken vigorously on a regular basis, the clear vodka slowly transforms into a dark brown-black nectar full of precious vanilla flavors.
Sillage and durability, however, unfortunately leave much to be desired, with perhaps 5-6 hours of longevity and weak sillage
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8.5
Scent
8
Longevity
7
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8
Bottle
7
Pricing
TristanKalus
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TristanKalus
Top Review    23  
A bowl of yellow luck
This fucking Thursday!

Not that it was enough that Adriana's elegant pantsuit got stuck to her skin wet from the rain. No, she still had to sink her right foot and pump into the next brackish puddle. The day began like a picture book of messed up days, when you should turn around and pull the blanket over your ears again. So after she overslept, had to leave her coffee on the kitchen counter and also the trip with the metro once again a smell spotpourri of bodily fluids, wet dog and cold fast food of the night partygoers prepared for her, her working day went to all excess catastrophically. Early deadlines, shot-up Excel spreadsheets and superficial conversations in the coffee kitchen. After she left the office a good hour later than planned, without her umbrella, in the direction of the smelly metro and hurried home from there through the rain, she pulled her soaked shoe out of the puddle and looked around somewhat perplexed and now quite annoyed. She was only a few minutes away from her entrance, so she shook the wetness from her shoe in vain and hurried home shivering. Only one cross street away, as on every daily way home, the familiar and inviting smell of the small and alternative-looking café on the street corner kicked in her nose. Even though she passed the café more than once a day, she had never lost her inner self.

"Somehow not my thing," she always told herself, although the smell coming from it and the pleasantly warm light had a more than just inviting character.

Frozen as she was, she stood in the light of the windows and took the smell of rooibuschtee, fresh pastry, spices and vanilla. That was what she needed now! She opened the shop door and was greeted with light, wooden tones of a sound play that was attached to the door. She stepped into the warm sales room and now smelled clearly freshly roasted coffee. A strong middle-aged man stood at the barista vending machine and was just preparing a cup of coffee.

"To go or for here?" He was still busy making the coffee, but he turned her head slightly.

"Gladly for here, if there's an empty seat." She let her gaze wander through the place
"I think there's a vacancy at the window. I'll be right with you."

And indeed, there was a small table available right by the window. Adriana meandered past the other guests and settled down in her seat. To her delight, she noticed that a small but rather warm radiator was fixed between the window and the table. Without further ado, she wiped off her soaking wet heels and warmed her cold toes on the radiator. On the mahogany table in a stone vase stood a single flower. A star-shaped blossom with white leaves and a yellow colour gradient starting from the centre. Adriana bent curiously towards the blossom to smell it. She took on fruity-creamy notes that reminded a little of peach-yogurt. While she was still wondering which plant that might be, the strong guy from the barista vending machine was standing at her table.

"Smells great, doesn't it?! Are frangipanis." His mischievous smile was disarming
Adriana turned to him a little perplexed. On the one hand, she hadn't expected that such a stocky man knew his way around the world of delicate flowers, on the other hand she had probably guessed her thoughts.

"I'm Tom, by the way, and if I may be so bold, you look like you had a really bad day today."

"Can you read minds, or do I look so horrible?" Adriana asked amusedly
Tom only smiled mischievously
"What can I get you?" He made no effort to make a notepad out of his apron. Instead, he looked into her eyes with a penetrating but friendly, almost understanding look
"A large black coffee, please."
"Anything else?" Tom pulled his eyebrows up a tad expectantly
"Can you recommend anything?" Inwardly, she was annoyed that she hadn't looked at the menu or the pastry on the counter. Unfortunately, she was sitting too far away to look at the board above the counter
"I think I have something that might be good for you now." And with a wink, Tom disappeared towards the bar
Adriana was even more baffled than before. This definitely wasn't a regular coffee shop. While she was still thinking about Tom's very direct but warm and gentle manner, she let her eyes wander through the café. Warm, slightly dimmed lights, mahogany tables and matching chairs with soft leather covers. In one of the back corners stood a bulging bookshelf. From an incense stick, light wafts of incense and myrrh wafted through the café. On the counter piled up loaves of freshly baked bread and under glass bells were countless sweet pastries, biscuits and pieces of cake. The other guests had a muted, yet boisterous conversation.
Out of nowhere, Tom stood in front of her again. In his left hand he held a large, steaming cup of coffee and in his right hand a small, stone bowl, from which a light steam was rising as well. From her sitting position Adriana unfortunately could not see the contents of the mysterious bowl.

"I got some yellow luck for you here." Tom once again smiled disarmingly and put the cup and the bowl on the table in front of Adriana.

"We always had it with us in bad weather or against a cloudy mood, it's a special recipe from my grandma."

"Custard!" Adriana looked up from the steaming bowl into Tom's eyes
"I bet I haven't eaten this since I was a kid."

Tom smiled knowingly at her and put his hands behind his apron
"Enjoy your meal and if you need anything else, just let me know. I'll be right over at the bar
Adriana nodded and turned enthusiastically to her freshly brewed coffee and her bowl of yellow happiness. The pudding smelled of rich vanilla and sweetish milk. But there was another note she couldn't quite identify. Coriander? Or a touch of saffron? She took a spoon from the clay cup standing on the table and carefully lifted out a small amount of the pudding. She smelled it again, led the spoon to her mouth and closed her eyes very satisfied. Sweet luck is really very good, Tom! Adriana opened her eyes, took her coffee and leaned back. Outside it was already dark and where many raindrops gathered on the window pane, they ran down in fine trickles. Adriana sipped her hot coffee and as she watched the raindrops as they came down the writing, a warm feeling of bliss spread through the middle of her body. She smiled into her cup, for she would certainly not have thought that this day would take another turn like this a quarter of an hour ago.
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FrauLohse
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FrauLohse
Top Review    36  
Tom's Mill
The last one I was on one of my short trips in an old windmill. At the bottom the area was converted into a bakery, at the top one could sit comfortably and watch and hear the "zing zing" of the mill leaves, which put one into a slight state of trance. The weather was wonderful, we enjoyed the pastries and the café.

When I sprayed Vanille Fatale for the first time, I thought, uh, not another drunken vanilla like that (mog i net so) and it will certainly get dark again (mog i o net so) and had already put the bottling into the "to go" box. But during some ungracious chores: Wiping, folding clothes, making food, I always got a delicious touch of light vanilla in my nose. That's where the scent had made quite a change.

But it wasn't just vanilla I smelled. It was a very peculiar mixture - not even pure spices - it was dust-dry and light. And that's when it occurred to me. It had a similar smell in the windmill. The baked goods, the coffee, the lots of flour. A strange dryness, almost brittle. The baker has honey-smeared flour hands and spices the mill with a hint of this and of it, the oven bubbles before him, brightly decorated with wood and decorated with yellow flowers.
Everything is beige-friendly in this fragrance, nothing beats, nothing demands or requires. A Tom who is simply there, chilling beautifully in the background with a cozy mill house aura in his suede couch. Soft, resinous, balsamic. Balancing, late summer, calming.

From "to go" we went to Idealo. That's always been my death sentence. If I want to know the price of a fragrance. Swallowed and side closed. Better sleep on it for three more nights. The punch line, of course: the three nights are over, a bottle is on its way to me. Tom was right about his name. The fatal thing about it is the way the fragrance slowly creeps into your heart and into your own fragrance shelf... ;-)

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5.5
Scent
8
Longevity
3
Sillage
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Bottle
StellaDiverF

213 Reviews
StellaDiverF
StellaDiverF
Very helpful Review    2  
Smooth vanilla...and that's all.
On my skin, there isn't much of any evolution in Vanille Fatale. It's a soft, velvety, slightly floral and milky vanilla right from the beginning until the end, and there isn't any substantial woody, smoky or boozy aspects that manifests on my skin.

During the first 2 hours, I can indeed detect a cereal-like note hiding underneath the milky, slightly oily vanilla, which must be the barley note mentioned in the pyramid. Afterwards, it turns into an abstract, subtle woody/powdery texture in order to keep vanilla from turning excessively creamy. I quite enjoy this stage of Vanille Fatale, which reminds me of the soft vanilla sugar powder in Van Cleef & Arpels Orchidée Vanille. However, this delicately dry undertone keeps veering off its initial course and turning screechy in the late dry down. Granted, it's far from being as aggressive as in certain "smoky" fragrances,but this sharp insurgence is jarring next to the gentle, smooth vanilla.

Vanille Fatale is mostly a skin scent and lasts about 9 hours on my skin.

Despite the occasional screeches, Vanille Fatale is overall a pretty, velvety, slightly feminine vanilla that is quite enjoyable and is restrained on its sweetness. But at the same time, it's uncomplicated and over-reliant on the smoothness of vanilla that it evetually appears flat and uninspiring to me. I can not deny that it would make a versatile everyday vanilla fragrance, but at its current price, I would hesitate to recommend it considering that there's no shortage of more affordable vanilla fragrances either more interesting or as versatile as Vanille Fatale.

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Blako11Blako11 9 months ago
I really find it a totally unisex addictive vanilla. Maybe a bit more feminine but it looks perfect on a man.
ScentedSalonScentedSalon 4 years ago
5.5
Scent
Sticky sweet, addictive, too much. When you already made a vanilla that is respected all over the world, why make another one? Poor effort.

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