Noblesse Luxe Publication
A Natural Gourmand Scent
I hope Mandy Aftel forgives me for my tardiness in with this review. As you may know, my favorite scent is Vanilla. So, when I found out that Mandy created a new scent that features the scent of Vanilla, I knew I wanted to talk about it.
I was patient in coming to terms in writing about Vanilla Smoke because I wanted to learn more about the Vanilla Orchid industry and how their is a shortage of "real" Vanilla in Madagascar in particular.
During my research on this subject, I read reviews from other well respected perfume bloggers about Vanilla Smoke. A few of these bloggers mentioned "citrus", "leathery", "woodsy" just to name a few.
But out of these few bloggers no one mentioned the word, "gourmand".
The sample I received from Aftelier Perfume is Vanilla Smoke Eau de Parfum and it is a gourmand!
In fact, the word gourmand is mentioned in the description of this fragrance. Mandy is absolutely correct!
When I first laced my wrist with Vanilla Smoke EDP. I immediately got a beautiful array of sweet vanilla that cofirmed to me, it originated from Madagascar. Vanilla from Madigascar has a unique sweetness that is humbled by a superior rich dark and creamy aroma and enhanced by Mandy's incredible skills by giving it a smoky rendition of a harmonic melody.
Moments later that sweetness simmers to a blend of balsamic smoke.
|Madagascar Vanilla beans|
Vanilla Smoke is created with one of the key notes and that is vanilla absolute. Mandy went the extra mile by enhances the scent with the flavor of lapsang souchong tea leaves.
Research indicates that lapsang is an ancient Chinese black tea and the lapsang leaves are traditionally smokedried over pinewood fires that takes on a distinctive smoky aroma.
So, there is no doubt why this fragrance is named Vanilla Smoke.
This is the extra mile I just spoke about. Most natural Vanilla fragrances on the market would have just left it having vanilla absolute in it. Mandy used a love of lapsang souchong tea leaves with it's natural smoky aroma with the vanilla absolute... that is still considered a gourmand fragrance!
|Lapsang Souchong tea leaves|
The price for Vanilla Smoke EDP should be a lot more than the asking price.
Vanilla Smoke consist of Madagascar Vanilla which is really hard to purchase nowadays and when you do find it, the price is "sky high". Plus this fragrance consist of Saffron.
Saffron is the most expensive spice and Vanilla comes in second.
I trust Mandy. I trust she purchases the finest ingrients and that is why Vanilla Smoke caught my attention. I knew Mandy would do wonders with it but at what cost did she have to endure to provide a superior Vanilla fragrance for our enjoyment.
Featured Notes in organic alcohol
Top: Yellow Mandarin, Siam Wood, Saffron Absolute, Vanillin
Base: Vanilla Absolute, Lapsang Souchong, Ambergris, Coumarin
VANILLA SMOKE EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY 30ML $180.00 USD
VANILLA SMOKE SAMPLE 1ML $7.00 USD
Photos Courtesy of: www.aftelier.com; www.lafaza.com; letsdrinktea.com