Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Jean-Paul Guerlain for Guerlain 2007

Hello Happy Huffers,

This is another beauty that has languished unsniffed and unloved since it arrived and now I have a moment it has been getting some serious skin time. Coming from a split I have a wonderful 10ml for a very reasonable price plus postage, it was such a great deal I bought a few of Ruth’s decants at the same time. Thanks Ruth!!

Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Guerlain 2007

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Pink pepper, bergamot, incense
Heart: Ylang-ylang, cedar, bulgarian rose, jasmine
Base: Benzoin, vanilla

From the Guerlain site: “If a colour or fragrance were to be associated with each day, like the planets were in ancient times, sandal wood would be the Sun, saffron would be Jupiter, and without doubt vanilla would be Venus.” Jean-Paul Guerlain

From the outset Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Guerlain hits vanilla loud, it is almost a roll on perfume oil it’s so intense at first, then the bright citrus and dry incense float merrily through to add dappled light and shade simultaneously, and a breathy indolic undertone. As we move into the heart vanilla makes a comeback but this time it’s a softer, more refined and controlled vanilla surrounded by an ethereal bouquet that is present but unreadable except for a bright spicy lemon that could be part of the rose and still a breathy wash over all. The trimmings slowly fade as we head towards dry down and here I get something hot, sweet chocolate milk-ish till all that’s left is caramelised vanilla skin for hours.

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The lifespan can vary dramatically; sitting here at the computer or sleeping I get 7+ hours but when I wear Spiritueuse Double Vanille to work, shopping or cleaning it’s lucky to last 4 hours but spraying fabric gives it extra lifespan.

While not being a huge statement fragrance when wearing Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Guerlain you are decidedly fragrant, sensual, delicious and enticing. Very close or frag-phobic workspaces would find it unsuitable but I think most other pursuits would be good. It’s not strong enough to interfere with cinema patrons or your food but very high summer temps might make it cloying, it has been cooler the last 2 days here in Oz and Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Guerlain has been a perfect evening choice.

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Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Guerlain is now part of the regular range and can be found in the biggest department stores worldwide.
I bought 10ml in a split on FacebookFragranceFriends from the amazing Ruth!
ThePerfumedCourt starts at $6.50/ml

Have you tried Spiritueuse Double Vanille? Does Guerlain do it for you as a house? How did you feel about Mr Guerlain, now retired, who caused offense during a TV interview in October 2010. Personally I applaud Guerlain’s taking the reins from him and handing them to Thierry Wasser in such a quick and decisive manner.

I hope this finds you as happy and well as it leaves me,
Till tomorrow,
Portia xx

10 comments on “Spiritueuse Double Vanille by Jean-Paul Guerlain for Guerlain 2007

  1. This is pure heaven in a bottle. Love it!

  2. hajusuuri says:

    I got a 2mL decant/sample of this from STC and I love it. To me, it smells like forbidden french toast boozy vanilla.

    I haven’t explored enough Guerlains to know if I’ll end up a Guerlie Girl but this one gets a double thumbs up from me!

  3. sinnerman01 says:

    I love the bottle , and I would love a bottle. I have had my eye on this one for a while but I think I need to test run it a but further. I think this would be so lovely in winter. Your right about it being in the dept store, it’s awesome when u can test it out for $0 🙂

  4. Madeleine says:

    Hello Portia,

    You do make this sound scrumptious! I don’t usually like vanilla but have been starting to appreciate it very slowly thanks to un bois vanille. I love the idea of citrus and incense with it, plus ‘breathy wash’ and ‘dappled light’ have got me all excited.

    M xx

  5. Musette says:

    You are going to laugh, darling…but Miss Guerlie Girl here has NEVER tried SDV! I know! (Portia? Get up off the floor!)……I think it’s because I’m not overfond (read: HATE) ‘vanilla’ scents – only CBIHP 7Bill has captured my heart.

    But you’ve made me want to try it. Sort of. Citrus and vanilla works in candy (think lemon chocolate)…. (shies nervously)…..oh, wth. I’ll try it, next I’m at N-M.


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