I was lucky enough to buy the allegedly last bottle of Guerlain’s limited 2010 release Ode A La Vanille that was to be had in Vienna (there were probably five in all ;))
I am so glad I did!
As a Shalimar fan, Ode a la Vanille is definitely an addition to my collection that was very much worth it. Created by Guerlain’s in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser, Ode a la Vanille is presented in the new Jade Jagger designed bottle in 50 ml Eau de Parfum. It features vanilla from Madagascar and Mayotte that is said to have been infused for 4 years. Other notes include lemon, bergamot, rose, jasmine, iris, incense, opoponax and tonka bean.
It is essentially classic Shalimar with a twist. I don’t find the two to be so very different. Ode a la Vanille is probably a little less raunchy, more gourmand-y, but no sweetness-fest at all. The initial blast of subdued citrus is followed by the slightly powdery wave of dry and dirty-ish vanilla, that we know so well from Shalimar but that had its warm and cosy facet turned up a notch or two. It has impressive staying power and a sillage worthy of the name Shalimar. It is not to be taken lightly, but a perfume to be taken seriously and to be revered and respected.
It demands it.
Shalimar Ode A La Vanille makes me feel like a woman.
Even though I am 35 (AAAAAAAAARRRRRGH! When did that happen?), I often feel like a young girl, even if my budding crow’s feet and the fact that I am called Mommy, belie that notion.
But when wearing Ode A La Vanille, I feel grown up. Not in the usual weight of responsibility carrying kind of way, but like a real woman, who knows what she wants, who is happy with herself, confident in what she is and what she does.
Not a bad way to feel, actually.
If it takes perfume for me to feel that way, so be it…