Wednesday, January 11, 2006


La Maison de la Vanille Noire du Mexique

photo taken from La Maison de la Vanille website

I never much fancied myself as a lover of gourmand fragrances. I have a few in my collection that I wear on a rare occasion.

I've feeling rather emotional lately (Thank you PMS!) and have been wanting to wear comfort fragrances and the first thing that comes to mind are gourmand ones!

The first being La Maison de la Vanille's Noire du Mexique which is described on their site as: The Powdery accent. A sparkling top note to sharpen the mystery, a rose and jasmin heart note to seduce you gently.

The notes are: vanilla, rose, jasmine, iris, tonka bean, patchouli and bergamot.

When I first spray it I get a burst of jasmine and subtle rose scent under the vanilla. Those floral notes are overtaken by the iris for a bit and once it dries down, I get a subtle spiced patchouli mixed with vanilla.

When I read that patchouli was a note in this fragrance, I was afraid that the patchouli would overwhelm the entire scent but this isn't your typical patchouli. Very, very pretty.

La Maison de la Vanille fragrances always have excellent staying power on me, I can detect it on my skin well into the next day. The main thing I like about this fragrance is that it isn't overly sweet so for me it won't be limited to just a comfort fragrance.

La Maison de la Vanille Noire du Mexique sells for:
$30/100 ml at B-glowing
$32/100 ml at Beautyhabit
$32/100 ml at Luckyscent

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