Reviews of Vanille Fatale 
Tom Ford (2018)

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Reviews of Vanille Fatale by Tom Ford

There are 9 reviews of Vanille Fatale by Tom Ford.

Dense and rich, but the powdery aspect turns me off. It's not overly powdery, but the combination of barley, rum, and plum gives it a sickly sweet feel. Personally, I prefer Tobacco Vanille over this. However, its performance is great, so there's no need to worry about that. Overall, it's just too powdery for my taste.

The opening blast is a set of spices, with saffron and cardamom clearly in the foreground; they result in the smooth and quite bright. a shadow of darker spices is thrown onto the initial dyadic mix by a frangipani impression.

A bit later a comforting coffee infusion develops, which is a soft black Arabica coffee that is mild and adding an interesting side note, which is given a further touch of spiciness by a smooth myrrh and hints of olibanum in the background.

It takes a number of hours for the eponymous vanilla to develop on me, and when it unfolds in its full strength one is pleasantly surprised: no beans about it: this is not one of TF's overpowering strong and thickly vanillas, but quite a balanced and more restrained rendering of this bean, which blends in well with the rest of the whole - the vanilla is a good team player. A note of roasted barley mention in the scent pyramid is hardly noticeable though, yet instead I get transient whiffs of a hazelnut aroma.

I get moderate sillage, excellent projection, and seven hours of longevity on my skin.

A nice scent for warmer autumn days, and a less overpowering vanilla creation that many other on the market, but this makes its name somewhat misleading. Otherwise it is crafted well. Some notes are convincing, some are a bit too generic. 3.25/5

Like a dreaming of long walks and home to an open fire, the crunch of leaves underfoot, a warming cup of chocolate and a pair of woolly socks. VF is the kind of fragrance that you want to sniff every few minutes and you can't get enough of it. Smoky vanilla, warm spices, boozy rum, subtle leather and rich amber. All notes were perfectly blended and every note play's it's role equally. Not too loud, but just right, from the beginning to the very end. On a woman it smells sexy, on a man it gives you confidence. Evocative, fascinating, luxurious, sophisticated, warm, addictive and sensual.

It feels balsamic&warm on the skin with a great vibe of smokey vanilla complementing the spicy sweetness of myrrh. As time passes VF becomes just a bit smokier & effectively more solid as the glowing nuances of amber & tobacco enrich the composition with distant leathery, woody, powdery undertones, creating overall a velvety sweet subtle-oriental distinct potion of meditative aromatic bliss that gratifies the senses. It's amazing when mixed with tobacco oud. The scent gives a self-confidence feeling, not to mention heads turning and that lovely attention form the opposite sex. Perfect for fall & winter evenings. The longevity & sillage both are nice.

Soooo similar to a softened Tobacco Vanille, as several have already pointed out!

I found Vanille Fatale to be flatter than I'd expected. No doubt, Tom Ford used very fancy ingredients to paint a composite picture of voluptuous vanilla: Saffron, cofee, rum, several exotic flowers, various resins, even mahohany wood!

These are commendable and create a sugary, smoky vanilla. But it's not that inspiring in the end.

This is Tobacco Vanille without the Tobacco. A nice fragrance nonetheless. A deep vanilla which kind of reminded me of Eau Des Baux for a moment. For the price, you would come out better getting Eau Des Baux IMO. 7/10

A very nice, sugary vanilla. “Softer version of tobacco vanille”, I can't help to think. But then my mind goes: no, it's got nothing to compare except the vanilla. It's way more exotic, summery and fruity. It's got an acidic coffee note. Gorgeous.

If I had to choose only one very expensive vanilla scented Tom Ford fragrance...this, unfortunately, would not be the one.

That's not to say it's a bad fragrance: the smoky-boozy unisex vanilla scent isn't bad per se-I just find the notes linear. A straightforward musky vanilla that has above average longevity (6-7 hours) and a stronger sillage (just more than arm's length).

To me, there's nothing that screams $180 bottle here. A good scent and I wouldn't pass up a free bottle...but I'd save your money and just splurge on Tobacco Vanille, which I find to be a superior scent.


The coffee presents really strong to me in the opening but settles into a really pleasant warm vanilla. Still may be too much for me... but I'm intrigued, may try again.

On my skin, there isn't much of any evolution in Vanille Fatale. It's a soft, velvety, slightly floral and milky vanilla right from the beginning until the end, and there isn't any substantial woody, smoky or boozy aspects that manifests on my skin.

During the first 2 hours, I can indeed detect a cereal-like note hiding underneath the milky, slightly oily vanilla, which must be the barley note mentioned in the pyramid. Afterwards, it turns into an abstract, subtle woody/powdery texture in order to keep vanilla from turning excessively creamy. I quite enjoy this stage of Vanille Fatale, which reminds me of the soft vanilla sugar powder in Van Cleef & Arpels Orchidée Vanille. However, this delicately dry undertone keeps veering off its initial course and turning screechy in the late dry down. Granted, it's far from being as aggressive as in certain "smoky" fragrances,but this sharp insurgence is jarring next to the gentle, smooth vanilla.

Vanille Fatale is mostly a skin scent and lasts about 9 hours on my skin.

Despite the occasional screeches, Vanille Fatale is overall a pretty, velvety, slightly feminine vanilla that is quite enjoyable and is restrained on its sweetness. But at the same time, it's uncomplicated and over-reliant on the smoothness of vanilla that it evetually appears flat and uninspiring to me. I can not deny that it would make a versatile everyday vanilla fragrance, but at its current price, I would hesitate to recommend it considering that there's no shortage of more affordable vanilla fragrances either more interesting or as versatile as Vanille Fatale.

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