To finish my last installment of La Collection de Grasse reviews, I bring you Vanille & Narcisse, the fourth stunning fragrance from L’Occitane en Provence’s founder, Olivier Baussan and talented perfumer, Karine Dubreuil. This collection drawing inspiration from the historic essences that made Grasse celebrated for its perfumery also includes Magnolia & Mure, Jasmine & Bergamote and The Vert & Bigarade, which are uniquely enticing in their own right. With Vanille & Narcisse that breathtaking beauty continues in this well thought out vanilla oriental.
**Disclaimer: This post is based on a free product provided by a company as a press sample so that I may offer my own opinion, which may be the same or differ from yours.**
The opening is beaming with joy as those ripe notes of bergamot and blackcurrant meet the narcissus. Soon, however, the white floral steals the show as it blooms with sweetness along with the gardenia. The effect created in the process as the narcisse and gardenia shower those fruity notes result in an elegant softness that is undeniably romantic.
The more this scent warms with spicy accords in the heart, the more the narcisse taunts your senses with a flirty sort of untested sensuality. Though innocent, there is something carnal hovering beneath the surface, waiting for the right moment to fully seduce.
The Tonka bean that is making the scent so delicious and yet sweetly intoxicating continues to bewitch until the vanilla turns this spicy-floral mix into what you might want to compare to a
fragrance aphrodisiac with the way the notes lovingly embrace the wearer with its opulent, powdery cover.
This is far from your typical vanilla fragrance. I am captivated by Vanille & Narcisse just as I am by the other three in the La Collection de Grasse, loving them in different ways for the feelings they release in me. In my opinion, this is a well-structured marriage of notes that give Vanille & Narcisse such an innocent seductive quality that adds an airy element to the vanilla.
What you have here is so inviting and yet a modern take on vanilla, I think is something you should explore if you are a vanilla fan.
Do experience this sensation for yourself and see how quickly it takes over senses. The 2.5 oz. Vanille & Narcisse Eau de Toilette retails for $75. Find it at L’Occitane en Provence.