I was a little tired after the weekend and feeling a bit uninspired, when I happened upon a sample of Felanilla that I had forgotten in the depths of my sample box.
Felanilla quickly got me out of my slump, that is one thing I love about perfume: You smell a great one, and presto!, spirits are restored, moods are lifted, energy starts flowing again and creative writing urges kick in.
Why? Because Felanilla is gooooood!
More Roar, than Meow! actually 😉
Created in 2009 by Pierre Guillaume for his niche house Parfumerie Generale, N° 21 Felanilla features notes of vanilla, saffron, iris, banana wood, hay and amber.
The perfume starts with a blast of saffron, that is not to be characterized as shy in any way, but it recedes to make way for an exceptional darkish, burnt vanilla with a dirty edge, that is toe-curlingly rich and warm and naughty. It resembles its grandmother Shalimar a lot. Which can only be a good thing in my book.
As the name suggests, Felanilla is supposed to be an animalic vanilla. For me that is a spot-on description. It has a presence without being overwhelming, it is elegant and smooth, it is a bit dangerous, it is sweet, but not like a confection and it has a furry, soft quality that makes the vanilla so interestingly alive. It feels capable of hissingly showing its claws or purring contentedly, depending on how it is treated.
And purr a little…or growl, depending on how I am treated.
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