I expected Vanille 44 to be my favorite out of the bunch of city-exclusive samples I ordered from Le Labo. Let us see how we got on…
Vanille 44 is light, airy, sheer and weightless. While there is a definite whiff of vanilla clearly present throughout the development of this perfume, it is not a dessert vanilla, but a soft, unsweet, raw pod that I smell, carried on a cloud of incense and wood.
In character it is similar to its Japanese colleague, Gaiac 10, both are streamlined and clean, almost minimalistic. Vanille 44 also gives off a very relaxed, cool vibe. It is as far as possible from opulent, rich and oversaturated as can be.
The perfume that immediately begs comparison here is of course Atelier Cologne’s Vanille Insensée. Both are sheer transparent vanilla scents with an incense-y zen-like aura.
After testing the two side by side, I ended up preferring the Le Labo, since it is more feminine, softer, warmer and creamier than Vanille Insensée.
I like wearing Vanille 44, it is well made, warm and fuzzy, cozy and comfy and belongs to my favorite group of “strange vanillas”. It is comforting and comfortable.
And we don’t want that to happen, do we?