WHAT I SMELL: Geisha Vanilla Hinoki opens with a bright bergamot that’s soon met with an exotic blend of lightly sweetened spices; which then quickly moves to more of a sweet and sour spiciness. There is something that is rather familiar to me in the opening and the only thing that I can think of is Lemon Pledge without the full on “lemon.” But that soon dissipates and the perfume begins to soften, but I still can’t get out of my head this association of some kind of cleaning wipe, be it a much more subtle and softer one. After 10 minutes or so, a lightly sugared lavender comes to the forefront along with a bit of creaminess. The cleaning wipe is now gone and you now have this really soft and comforting perfume that is topped with a bit of sugar and spice and it’s oh so very nice. As the perfume continues to develop, it becomes more woody with lavender becoming more powdered and radiant. At this point, the perfume has a rather masculine barber shop vibe and it reminds me of the paper neck wrap that old school barbers put on you prior to cutting your hair. Geisha Vanilla Hinoki is all warm fuzzies to me at this point. As the perfume continues to develop, the barber shop association really takes hold and the perfume begins to grow and become slightly smoky. In the end, Geisha Vanilla Hinoki is all comfort. Very nice.
From the Aroma M website:
Vanilla scents tend to have a cloying, candied effect. But not Vanilla Hinoki. Its key ingredient is a woodsy, smoky vanilla found only in Morocco.
As for the other ingredients: They kick off with light and sparkling bergamot combined with spicy, wake-up clove, cardamom, and nutmeg. These segue into more soothing mid-notes: cedarleaf, soft bergamot, and lavender. And finally the lingering drydown: exotic, animalic leather; incense-like patchouli; tropical, evergreen amyris; and cleansing, envigorating cedarwood.
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: An old school barber shop; very comfortable, easy and relaxing.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE GEISHA VANILLA HINOKI: soothing, reassuring, retro
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT GEISHA VANILLA HINOKI: CaFleureBon, The Non-Blonde, Now Smell This
BOTTOM LINE: Maybe you need to be a man from my generation when barber shops were where you got your hair cut, not Great Cuts. There was a very comfortable masculinity in the atmosphere that was laid back without any stress. You went in feeling a bit messy and you left feeling like a million bucks. Geisha Vanilla Hinoki brings back all the sensory aspects of this now fading business.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Oriental Floral
- Nose: Maria McElroy
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $90 for 50ml Eau de Parfum
Sample courtesy of Twisted Lily Fragrance Boutique and Apothecary. Opinion my own.
May 31, 2016 at 6:16 am
When I first smelled this on paper strip at Twistes Lily, I barely smelled anything. I asked for a sample and tried it on skin and there was definitely something comforting and lightly sweetish about this. It was definitely not instant love but I can see its appeal. The bottle looked great in pictures but in-person, the vibrant colors were just from a paper wrap around the bottle and not printed on the glass. Nice review!
May 31, 2016 at 6:32 am
Thanks..I do love the bottle. I didn’t realize that it wasn’t printed on the glass. So spill the beans, what did you purchase this weekend? And what were the bonus treats they offered?
May 31, 2016 at 6:46 am
I wanted to try this but the more reviews I read the more I think it’s just not for me. Maybe hubby would like it but it sounds like it would smell like something my dad would have worn. That’s not a bad thing it just isn’t my thing. It’s probably too soft for me too. My skin would chew it up and spit it out.
May 31, 2016 at 3:08 pm
I’m not seeing this as a Poodle perfume. I believe that your thoughts are right on the nose.
May 31, 2016 at 7:33 am
Good morning. Great review as always. I want to try this one. Love lavender and the hinoki note intrigues me. Geisha Noire is one of my all time favorite scents.
May 31, 2016 at 3:10 pm
Ricky, lavender and I have a love / hate relationship. I can enjoy it when it’s not overblown. Here it’s rather tame and quiet which makes it much more appealing in my book. I hope you get a chance to try it.
May 31, 2016 at 12:46 pm
I have a bottle of the EdP. It’s quite gorgeous and very deceptive, keeping the body sensually perfumed for hours. I wish I had ordered the oil at the same time as it is equally as beautiful. (I’m gonna get it anyway, layered it’s a bomb!)
May 31, 2016 at 3:12 pm
Wow…I am going to have to put some more on…I am digging your “sensual” comment. Who doesn’t want that in a perfume!!? Thanks for stopping by Val 🙂
June 1, 2016 at 4:26 am
Spraying properly from the bottle makes a huge difference. ❤️
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May 31, 2016 at 2:54 pm
I have always loved those old-school barber shops!
I’m looking forward to trying this one – it sounds like something that would continue to pique my interest over its development. Thanks for another fantastic review!
May 31, 2016 at 4:01 pm
Holly – barbershops are a real warm fuzzy for me. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough hair to go to them anymore! But this is a beautiful perfume that really makes you feel warm inside…very comforting.
June 1, 2016 at 10:42 am
I have been enjoying a sample Val gave me for the past few days, and I get different facets each time – I can see the barbershop analogy now you mention it, but considering I don’t like lavender, I am enjoying this one an awful lot! 😉 Warm fuzzies is definitely where it’s at!
June 3, 2016 at 5:17 am
Vanessa – I’m not a huge lavender fan myself so we’re on to something here as this is lavender perfume that lavender lovers can love!
June 8, 2016 at 3:24 pm
YOU really piqued my interest when I read “sugared lavender”…will have to give this one a try!
June 8, 2016 at 3:52 pm
I love this as a lavender perfume, because the lavender doesn’t get out of control. I’m weary of lavender because it tends to dominate. Here it maintains a nice balance.
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