Vanitas is an odd one for me. I love the notes, however I hate the way it has been composed. The overall blend, to my nose, smells sharp and somewhat cheap. I'm disappointed as I usually have a lot of respect for Versace and their perfumes.
Modern perfumery tends to be following a certain trend, and that is; imitation. I find very little difference between Vanitas, Gucci Guilty and Lady Million, for example. Had you blind-folded me and asked me to guess what this perfume was, just from smelling a scented strip of paper, I probably would have spent half a year trying to narrow it down.
Vanitas starts off with sweet tiare flower and zesty, green lime, which showed a lot of promise. However, sharp, soapy interludes of freesia and a tart-like champagne accord, kind of ruined the moment. I may have considered a purchase had this fragrance been cheap, but let's be honest, would you really pay nearly a hundred dollars to own a full bottle of this?
I would expect my laundry powder to deliver this kind of scent, as I want my clothes to be strongly scented after washing. I don't wish for my skin to be quite so perfumed. A little really does go a long way.
The drydown aims to be slightly vanillic and woodsy, however I just find the blend even sharper and more unpleasant than before. Had Versace toned down this fragrance's heavy-going sillage, I may have found it much more tolerable.
I refrain from calling Vanitas a white floral. To my nose, it's a clean floral with fruity undertones. More like the scent of upmarket, hotel toiletries. I'm not entirely put off by this fragrance, but I must admit it wasn't what I was searching for, or even hoping to find.