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 gourmand-sweet. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by Estēe Lauder Companies.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesSaffron, Coriander, Myrrh, Frankincense
Heart Notes Heart NotesRoasted barley, Roasted coffee, Narcissus, Frangipani
Base Notes Base NotesMadagascan vanilla, Mahogany, Suede



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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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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.


ScentedSalon 2 years ago
Sticky sweet, addictive, too much. When you already made a vanilla that is respected all over the world, why make another one? Poor effort.+2

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