A Little Slice of Heaven – Review: Indult Tihota

By Sandra

Since diving head first into this bottomless pit of perfume addiction, I have been searching for the “perfect” vanilla. I have come close with a few vanilla-centric perfumes, but something was always lacking.

Perhaps this obsession was somehow related with my search for the ultimate recipe for allergy-free vanilla cakes. To drive my craving and longing to almost insane heights, I kept reading up about Indult’s Tihota. A vanilla perfume whith a reputation of almost legendary proportions, Tihota sounded truly amazing, but had long been discontinued.

indult tihota

Imagine my jubilation when I read about the great come-back of the house of Indult and in particular the fabled Tihota! Not only was the perfume returning, but presumably without a reformulation. I contacted the new propiertor of Indult and quickly ascertained when I would be able to get my greedy hands on a bottle. Forget about sampling it first, sampling is for wimps – I wanted, I needed this perfume. NOW!

Blind buying is normally taboo for me, but this was an exception. I ordered myself a bottle and put it under the Christmas tree.

Finally, I was able to open the package and take a whiff of this perfume which has a cult following and which made me sceptical at first about trying it.

Tihota was created by Francis Kurkdjian, includes notes of Vanilla beans and muscs and is described on the brand’s website as follows:

Tihota means « Sugar » in Polynesian
When the skin is « sugar » under the Polynesian sun: it’s an exotic marriage of muscs in fusion and infusion with the sensual vanilla pods.
A vaporous wake but maintained, like the blow of a warm breeze that wraps the body and invades the atmosphere in a singular way.
Tihota is an olfactive and magical trip, the incandescence of the sunrise that embraces the far horizon.

My first spray was quite meagre, but the plush vanilla that hit my nostrils encouraged me to spray lavishly right away. Ah, this is what I am talking about – straight up vanilla. But at first it reminded me of several other perfumes and didn’t seem all that special – yet.

On my skin Tihota started to magically develop. It was as if the sumptuous, slightly sweet vanilla was morphing into the finest most delicate vanilla orchid plant right in front of my nose. I thought this stage was beautiful but it did not prepare me for what was to come. You see, I forgot about the perfume and after doing my chores I sat down and the first moment I had to myself had me huffing my wrist without shame. Wow! What was that? I could not pinpoint it at first.

So over the next few days I wore Tihota and basked in the warm vanilla eagerly awaiting to see what it was about the drydown that had me in a state of nirvana.

For the first few hours I bask in the warmth and imagine myself on a tropical island – walking amidst gardens overgrown with orchids of all varieties and colours but interspersed with vanilla orchids. After a while I find myself transported to another world. An Utopian world where there is only peace, love, lush colors in hues of gold, orange and red and most importantly warmth.

Then it dawned on me. It is the musk. The musky drydown gives me this feeling of glorious serenity. It is so well done. The vanilla and the musk intertwining into this cloud of heaven around me.

Thankfully the drydown is not overly sweet and makes me dream. In the final stages there is a slightly smoky/incensey powderiness that is enriched with the most delicate vanilla. This stage lasts for hours and into the next morning.

Dramatic Clouds above Plains at Sunset

Tihota is a gorgeous perfume worth every penny!

Image source: luckyscent.com, indiwall.com

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36 Responses to A Little Slice of Heaven – Review: Indult Tihota

  1. Martha says:

    Aiee! It’s back!

    I defeated my longing for this perfume for the years that it was first available. Now I must fight with myself again.

    But all the same, I’m not really sorry it is back.

  2. cookie queen says:

    I have been waiting for this review. Sounds amazing. Blind buys are FUN. Keeps the endorphines alert. I need this. xxxx

  3. Great review Sandra, See you next week.
    Portia xx

  4. isabeau1977 says:

    Great review! I love this fragrance as well..still thinking if I should buy a “panic”bottle (that is how I call a second bottle just in case it gets discontinued again).

    • Sandra says:

      Ha! I actually went to buy a ‘panic’ bottle the other day and the site I was on was already out of stock. I know what you mean – I do not want to be without this one.

  5. If only your review had been a day earlier. There was a slightly used bottle of Tihota on eBay for around 30% off that closed yesterday! Lovely review.

    • Sandra says:

      Awww- what a shame! Hope you can give it a try soon. I like this perfume so much that I will gladly pay full price again.

  6. Darilyn says:

    Hi Sandra! I have been waiting for you to review this! I knew you have been searching for that
    “perfect” vanilla. I purchased a sample from LuckyScent before Christmas, and I felt that this one would satisfy your yearning! I also loved it, and your review is spot on. I was trying to put off buying a full bottle, with all that was going on before the Holidays, but am now reminded of how
    happy it made me feel! This is the type of scent that I wear strictly for my own pleasure. Enjoy!

    • Sandra says:

      Hey there Darilyn! This is so far my favorite vanilla! I thought you may like it. 🙂 It is a most comforting scent and you are right – this one is for my own pleasure and comfort. You took the words right out of my mouth. xo

  7. Tara says:

    Samples are for wimps! Love it. Sometimes you just have to go for it. I’m so pleased your blind buy Christmas present worked out so brilliantly well.

    Very interested to read that it was the musk that was doing it for you. Thank goodness you managed to pinpoint it because that kind of thing can drive us nuts.

    Enjoy your HG vanilla, Sandra. It’s the perfect time of year for it.

  8. Tora says:

    I am so glad you loved this!! Especially with the blind buy. I have a decant coming from a split, and your description has me even more eager. Great review!

  9. Olfactoria says:

    You really whet my appetite for vanilla with your review, Sandra!
    I can’t wait to smell it!

  10. thoughts4youandme says:

    Oh my–I know i have an ancient LuckyScent sample of this somewhere in (one of) my perfume drawers! This weekend is for treasure hunting!!

  11. Nemo says:

    This sounds lovely and scrumptious! But have you decided if it is it your one and only, “perfect” vanilla? 🙂

    • Sandra says:

      Oooh – tough question. In short, I have two favorite vanillas now – Tihota and Farmacia SS Annunziata Vaniglia di Madagascar.

  12. Kandice says:

    Just fell in love with vanilla after many smelled too sweet on me and gave me a headache. Your review sounds so enticing I will have to try and find this. Thanks for the great write-up!

  13. What a wonderful review! I got a sample of this from Lucky Scent. Normally, i tend to shy away from vanilla fragrances because they are too sweet. Maybe my tastes are changing or maybe it’s because Tihota is the freakin’ BOMB, yo! I sniffed, I fell in love, and I ordered an FB. Now I cradle it like the One Ring to Rule Them All. My PRECIOUSSSSS!

    I adore it and actually have been layering it over Bruno Acampora’s Musc, which draws out the muskiness of Tihota. Again, great review!

  14. Vanessa says:

    I am only familiar with Isvaraya from the Indult line, but Tihota sounds more up my alley – thanks a lot for the heads up about its return – I didn’t know about this one at all! I always get excited at the mention of another vanilla scent and you make this one sound quite delish…;)

    • Vanessa says:

      Finally got to try this thanks to a sample courtesy of Val the Cookie Queen! It is a very warm, foody vanilla, as nice as any I have tried – not too dark and treacly, not too bright or citrusy. It has more depth and oomph to it than AG Vanille Exquise, which is the other ‘straight’ vanilla that springs to mind. Vanilla is my favourite note too! That all said and done, I wouldn’t want a FB of this I don’t think, because there isn’t enough going on – I realise I do need more of a twist to want a bottle of something. This is…as they say… a bit ‘plain vanilla’, but it is very lovely….;)

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