While we were chilling in the Hautelook lounge, Gabriella and I took the time to check out some of the products they had to offer. This area, sponsored by online shop Lush Oasis, distributor of specialty niche fragrances from around the world featured a pair of collections of yummy vanilla based fragrances. Now, who doesn’t love vanilla? The good Lord knows I do. It’s one of the most comforting scents, evocotive of sweet and delicious foods, and warmth. It’s like getting a mental cuddle with every inhalation. It kind of makes you feel like a kid again.
Though vanilla is one of my favorite scents, I can’t say I’d ever thought to mix it with other spicier fragrances or use it as a base note in my olfactory onslaught. Well, these three brands, Comptoir Sud Pacifique, Laurence Dumont, and Acorelle have done it to wonderful effect. I may just be a convert. Imagine a balmy layer of vanilla paired with the masculine spice of leather, the musk of patchouli, or the briskness of a lighter violet floral or citrus fruit. It’s just enough to sniff at, and once you take a step away, provide enough intrigue to step back for another waft.
Comptoir Sud Pacifique, translates to “a collection of ingredients from the South Pacific.” Started in 1976 in Paris, France, Comptoir makes fragrances meant to sweep you away and remind you of a tropical south pacific vacation using tahitian vanilla as it’s base, and pacific blue and gold as it’s color scheme.
Also from France, Laurence Dumont makes beauty products of many types. Their vanilla based scents in particular have been mixed with a varied selection of notes. For example, the vanilla took the edge off a strong patchouli (I didn’t feel like I was at a Phish concert!) , and provided just enough milkyness under the lemony scent of my favorite cookie, the Madeline, that if I wore it, I wouldn’t find myself gnawing or licking at my wrist.
Acorelle produces organic, non-animal tested products and fragrances, and can be used for aromatherapudic mood enhancing purposes due to it’s high concentration of active ingredients.
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