Indult Tihota was created by Francis Kurkdjian and is considered by quite a number of people as the holy grail of vanilla perfumes.
This is a pure vanilla fragrance with just some added musks and it is simply gorgeous!!
An excerpt from LuckyScent:
It inspires obsessive devotion with its fragrance of smooth, vanilla bean pods dipped in honeyed water and left to steep. The result is the pure magic, an unbridled vanilla, sweet, raw and achingly desirable. Of course, Tihota isn't the first perfume to focus on the dark sweetness of vanilla… perfumery is filled with vanillas, but this smells like the dream of a master perfumer who was obsessed with vanilla and was finally given free rein to worship the note with no apologies. It is, without a sliver of a doubt, the finest pure vanilla we've ever had the honor of carrying, and it's so beautiful it pains us to put the bottle down.
An excerpt from Kafkaesque:
Tihota is one of those perfumes that comes with a legend: “The Holy Grail of vanilla fragrances!” or “The best vanilla ever!” It’s always the first name that comes up when people talk about vanilla fragrances, and people rave about it with the sort of adoration usually reserved for the great olfactory masterpieces.
I was highly skeptical. I’ve found few things with that sort of hype to really measure up. More to the point, I’m not really a gourmand lover and I have a low threshold for sweetness, so my experiences with other beloved fragrances in the genre haven’t been very successful. At best, I was unenthused. At worst, I was utterly traumatized by tidal waves of burnt saccharine sweetness that left me with an urgent need to scrub. Still, I’ve been on a perpetual hunt for the perfect vanilla scent, so I ordered a sample of Indult‘s famous creation, and kept my expectations low.
Colour me shocked: Tihota is excellent! Positively delicious, in fact, and it only becomes more appealing with each wearing. Given Tihota’s name and description, the implication is that Francis Kurkdjian used Tahitian (Polynesian) vanilla, so I did some digging to see how their beans may differ from the Mexican and Madagascan variety. On a blog called Tahiti.com, I read something which you may find interesting, and which actually has some bearing on how Tihota smells on my skin:
Vanilla actually grows from an orchid plant. The Tahitian variety (pictured below) is a rare species, making it highly desirable and often more expensive than other types of vanilla. It is low in actual vanillin content, but higher in a certain flavor compound that gives it that fragrant, rich flavor that many connoisseurs and gourmet chefs have come to know and love. Another thing that makes Tahitian vanilla so unique is the fact that it’s indehiscent, meaning the pods do not spontaneously open as they ripen. For this reason, they can be harvested when ripe, unlike other vanilla plants that must be harvested prematurely. It’s the same difference between a yellow banana and one that is harvested when it’s still green.
As for the musk, it may be clean in nature, but only slightly so. More importantly, it’s never cheap-smelling, excessive, overly fresh; or painfully sharp. Frankly, it’s a bit of a surprise. A number of Francis Kurkdjian’s scents for his own MFK line have had a ridiculous amount of white musk that I’ve found to be inordinately unpleasant. Some smell synthetic as hell, reminding me of hairspray or shampoo; others have been so sharp that they triggered a headache and made the scent a scrubber. For Indult, Mr. Kurkdjian seems to have dialed it down significantly, because the musk never intrudes upon or overshadows the vanilla.