Ambre Narguile - Sexy in the bottle, balanced airy, good longevity;
New Haarlem - I love it, perfect, balanced excellent longevity.
Spiritueuse Double Vanille - Boozy, classy vanille;
Tobaco Vanille - Monster projection, screams "Hello I am wearing a expensive perfume!!" IMO VERY Vulgar!
i tried NH, SDV, and TV and the only one I bought was NH precisely because of "universal appeal"
-SDV: loveeee it. boozy, sensual vanillia. however leaned towards the feminine side
-TV: did not get to the dry down because i was busy scrubbing it off. hated the top
-NH: very well balanced. had the gourmand scent i was looking for w/o being too feminine.strange thing is, i absolutely hated NH on paper (it sickly sweet, cinnabonny thick maple syrup). i kept going back to sample it because of the awesome reviews and when i tried it on my skin, i immediately fell in love.
one i haven't got to try yet is Ambre Narguile. I was hoping someone could comment on if it is more masculine or feminine than NH or SDV.
-SDV is the best vanilla on the market IMO. Isn't a projection beast though, which is part of its charm. Very elegant, yet comforting. Would work wonders on a date, also wearable during the day.
-New Haarlem is great for a night out in cooler weather. Projects well, smells great, and will get noticed.
-Tobacco Vanille is too brash for me. It's loud and linear. Very masculine, but some younger girls find it too "old."
Haven't had the pleasure of smelling Ambre Narguile yet, but I hear it's great.
I don't find any of them overly masculine, maybe Tobacco Vanille would be most, the other 3 are pretty close. Project, also pretty close, they're all great at it. Also, they're all in the longevity category I call "on you until you take a shower" Sexiness? subjective. But I will say my favorite is SDV, followed by AN, followed by TV, and lastly NH (and it's good but it just can't compare)
I was a bit underwhelmed by New Harleem even if it's definately good. If it has holy grail status with you check out Penhaligons Endymion as well. Coffee, to me, never gets better than when you drown your nose in a newly opened coffee package.
If your dates soft spot is sweet bakery, you cannot go wrong with Ambre Narguile. It. Is. Not. Possible.
The other two are cute substitutes pointing in the same direction, minus the dried fruit.