Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille (2021)
Byredo Vanille Antique was launched in 2022 - the first fragrance from this line centered on vanilla. Dark, earthy vanilla, without the overt sweet slant most vanillas take. Notes of plum, musk, white wood, labdanum, amber and vanilla.
Part of the Night Veils series. From the brand - "The expected sweetness of vanilla is cut through by textures of earthiness and darkness, a warming mix of cashmere wood, ciste and musk form an intoxicating ambrosia. Distilled into a pure essence utilizing time-honored techniques, a small amount works closer to the skin and radiates through the heat of the body, lingering for many hours."
Founded in 2006 in Sweden, Byredo perfume's creator Ben Gorham (former basketball player) wanted to create perfumes of quality while keeping their production in Sweden. Gorham had been fascinated with fragrance much of his life. When he meet Pierre Wulff, a perfumer, Byredo came into being. Currently Gorham works with Olivia Giacobetti and Jerome Epinette to create his line of perfumes
Fragrantica - "This smells like Vanilla and pipe tobacco to me, upon first sniff. I really like it. I was shocked not to see tobacco in the notes listed. I really like the musk plum opening. It has a very chameleonesque quality to it. I don't know what i was expecting, but it was not this. I see why it is called Vanille Antique. It's the note that smells of pipe tobacco that is so mystifying and gives it that aged quality, like it has been stored and left to mature in a dark basement somewhere. I imagine it in an aged oak barrel, maturing, next to some drying herbs and a wine selection."
Byrdie - "Byredo took a polarizing note and created something equally unique and charming. Vanille Antique takes a more accurate approach to vanilla, blending it with notes that let it breathe. The scent gives us an ultra-approachable, timeless option perfect for year-long wear. Some vanillas skew very spicily, boozy, or cakey, but this is a soft, alluring iteration that's unexpected and familiar."
Who What Wear - "Both Santal 33 and Baccarat Rouge have dominated the New York City fragrance matrix for quite some time. Recently, however, I've noticed a new scent pop up in the city more and more—and I think it's on its way to becoming omnipresent. That scent is none other than Byredo's Vanille Antique, which is an extension of the brand's Night Veils collection. These fragrances are made for "the ritual of the night," and they're all concentrates of raw materials in their headiest form. Vanille Antique is centered on—you guessed it—vanilla. Unlike most vanilla-centric scents, however, Vanille Antique doesn't lean sweet or cloying. In fact, it's the total opposite. This fragrance is vanilla at its rawest—it's smoky, warm, and heady."
Francis Kurkdjian (Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris)