Tihota by Francis Kurkdjian for Indult 2006


Post by Val the Cookie Queen


Fragrant Salutations APJ

I picked up 140 kilos of chocolate on Monday morning. The beginning of a batshit crazy week. As many of you know, or will have gathered, I make cookies for living. Sounds cool huh? Indeed it has opened many doors and I am thankful. I have been supplying a chain of groovy, funky restaurants for the last four years. There are stores in Cologne, Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck. I work in a kitchen too small to swing a cat in, located at the back of our bike shop. Glamorous does not spring to mind. The company has ventured into the coffee shop business and asked me if I would like to make the cakes and muffins for them. Starting with one store, a second coming along sometime over the next six weeks or so, and a third at the end of the summer. I thought it over for a couple of weeks and decided to give it a go. It all sounds so exciting on Facebook, or when talking to people. I seriously think it might kill me.

I am sat here banging this out after the opening of the store in Innsbruck yesterday evening. I am determined to have this post went to Portia before deadline. That is one of my new goals. (In-between having my head stuck in the oven, I will NOT be late any more!) I just got back from delivering 4 cakes and 50 muffins and you know what? I am really scared that I cannot do it. I think I have bitten off more than I can chew. Don´t tell anyone. I shall see how it goes over the next few weeks and if I can’t do it without having to check into a loony bin for a break then I shall go back to just doing their cookies.

Tihota by Francis Kurkdjian for Indult 2006

Deadlines, Muffins and the Fabled Tihota – a Sweet Giveaway

Tihota Indult FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Vanilla, musk

Whatever! Let’s celebrate by sharing some of the fabled Tihota from Indult. What could be more appropriate in a “baking post” than vanilla huh? I love vanilla. Indeed I work with three different types, Mexican, Madagascar Bourbon, and Tahitian. The Tahitian vanilla is extremely expensive, has a wonderful cherry aroma, and I use it sparingly. Indult´s Tihota uses Tahitian vanilla. Tahitian vanilla is truly the most fragrant of all vanillas, a fruity floral vanilla. Tihota means “sugar” in Polynesian, so between sugar and vanilla you nearly have a cake. Tihota is a proper vanilla scent. A vanilla perfume for vanilla freaks. It has a heavy sillage and despite being sweet and musky, it is quite adult. It is very rich and caramelly. If you don’t care to wear your vanilla this won’t change your mind, and you will have to enjoy vanilla in your baked goods. I cannot imagine there is anyone out there who doesn´t like vanilla in one way or another. Is there? Tihota has epic lasting power. Notes seem to be musk and vanilla although I have seen tonka bean mentioned. (Musk is funny stuff though. I get it more in the cooler months in Tihota.)

Tihota Indult Val Vanilla StashPhoto Donated Val

Tihota reached cult status over the years, especially when it was discontinued. Fortunately though, the Indult collection is now under new ownership and the fragrances are once more available. They are presented under their original formulations, as created by Francis Kurkdjian.

Further reading: Australian Perfume Junkies and Olfactoria’s Travels
First In Fragrance has €160/50ml
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $6/.5ml

Fancy trying Tihota? How do you take your vanilla? Inhaling or eating?

24 hours ’til deadline. I did it!!!

Exhausted Bussis

giveaway TheTruthAboutMummyPhoto Stolen TheTruthAboutMummy



This week we will have 4 winners who will receive:
1 x decant from Val’s Tihota bottle
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me (portia underscore turbo @ yahoo dot com dot au) so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Please tell us a favorite vanilla fragrance or food


Entries Close Friday 15th May 2015 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by random.org
The winners will have till Tuesday 19th May 2015 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

69 comments on “Tihota by Francis Kurkdjian for Indult 2006

  1. Jaybee says:

    Oooh, I’d love to try Tihota. And I think vanilla ice cream is the best there is! Follow by email. 🙂

    • cookie queen says:

      Vanilla ice cream IS the best. I don#t care for any other kind, really not. You are in the armadillo. Deceased. xxx

  2. Nancysg says:

    Tihota is my favorite gourmand vanilla. While Tauer’s new vanilla flash and Mona d Orio’s Vanille are both great rummy vanillas.
    I follow by email.
    Hang in there on your new baking ventures.

    • cookie queen says:

      I´m hanging. Not about to give up. It took me three days to get over getting home at 02.30 i the morning after the Innsbruck opening. Seriously, I am getting old. I just cannot hack the late night thing anymore. Perhaps if I had two days to recover on a beach. MdO´s vanilla is great. Hugs. xxxx

  3. Gabriela Sanchez says:

    I follow via Email
    Follow WordPress
    Follow Bloglovin

  4. Bianca b says:

    Damn straight who doesn’t love some vanilla?!!! Yep I’m a vanilla freak, I wear it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And then to bed. My fave would probably be Micallef’s Note Vanillee.
    (Email follower)

  5. Morrigan says:

    I have yet to try Tihota, but I hear big things! My favourite vanilla fragrance is L’Artisan’s Vanilla Absoluement, also known as Havana Vanille. While my SO is not a fan, it’s by far the most original vanilla scent I have ever tries.
    I’m following by email.

    • cookie queen says:

      Hi Morrigan. I haven´t tried the havana Vanilla, although I would love to. It sounds fab. That is definitely worth a try – but it will not turn a vanilla hater into a lover. No way. 😉 XXX

      • Morrigan says:

        The strange thing is that he loves vanilla, but this vanilla in particular he detests more than any other fragrance I own! D:

  6. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey there Val.
    DNEM but i LOVE vanilla fragrances. Today I was awash in Un Bois Vanille by Serge Lutens and I enjoyed it so much I’m wearing it to bed.
    Portia xx

  7. Holly says:

    Good luck with your new venture, Val. Hang in there!
    I like Vanilla, but have had some difficulty with it being either too sweet or too astringent. I may have found my Goldilocks vanilla, Jacques Zolty’s Van-ile. I follow by email.

    • cookie queen says:

      Hello Holly. Much as I enjoy it – I seldom wear it to be honest. I already smell like a vanilla bean just from baking cookies all day. You are in my dead armadillo basket. Bussis. xxx

  8. Tara says:

    Death by baking is not the way to go, Val. Great post though. I already got to try Tihota thanks to you. I clearly remember you passing me those Indult decants at Poppies.

    I can see why it’s some people’s ultimate vanilla even if there is no love lost between me and Frank 🙂

    • cookie queen says:

      Ha! Frank. Me neither. None whatsoever, but there you go. Poppies. Oh what a day!
      Hannah still talks about how she could not believe that we all sat around a table spraying sniffing. decanting, and eating fish´n´chips at the same time. We must repeat that next January. I´ll book a table. Hugs. xxxx

  9. Anka says:

    A room „too small to swing a cat in“, haha, I’ve never heard that expression, so funny! Are you allowed to tell which restaurants in Munich you supply with? I am a native of Munich and even though I live in Berlin for a very long time now, I still feel like a Bavarian (Haimatpatriotin) and love the shops and restaurants there.
    After reading your luscious review I must go and find my sample and wear it (but just one spritz since I remember it as being really rich).

    Thanks for the draw, I follow via eMail and my favorite vanilla fragrance is from L’Artisan and is called Vanille Absolument and I love Zolty’s Van-ile.

    • cookie queen says:

      http://www.myindigo.com Two stores in Munich. Portia can erase this if it is not allowed. 🙂

      Hi Anka! Nice to see you.
      Yes – it is rich and very tenacious. It last forever. I love Munich, I really do. I could easily live there if I needed to. Berlin. One of the cities on my list of places to visit. Tschüss or should I say Servus? Bussis anyway. xxxxxxx

      • Anke says:

        Yes, Munich is wonderful, one day I want to go back. Thanks for the link, I will visit the place at Münchner Freiheit and have a little sin (as they seem to call your Brownies…). And do come to Berlin soon!
        Pfüati Gott.

    • cookie queen says:

      I don’t make the brownies!! Only the cookies there. Cakes and muffins in Innsbruck. Let me know when you are in Munich. Perhaps we could coordinate a visit?

  10. Jackie b says:

    I am still searching for a vanilla that I actually want to smell like, but have read good things about Tihota.
    I also like the benzoin drydown of Ambre Fetiche which reminds me of a dry vanilla.
    I follow by email.

    • cookie queen says:

      I have some Ambre Fetiche somewhere. Somewhere being the operative word. You are right with what you say – a vanilla that you want to smell like. It#s a tough note actually. You are in Jackie b. Nice of you to drop by so regularly. Hugs. xxx

  11. Lisa Stephen says:

    Lovely! My favorite vanilla, so far, is probably Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille. Would love to try this one. I follow by email.

    • cookie queen says:

      Hey Lisa! Yeah – Guerlain´s vanilla is very sumptuous, I would love to own a bottle, maybe one day. Email works! You are entered. Love, Val. xxxx

  12. Sandra says:

    Hey Val! No need to enter me. Great post. I adore this one as you well know. I love vanilla and will try anything with it – pretty much. Xoxo

    • cookie queen says:

      Hi Dear! Just seeing your name has me running to catch a train. 🙁 Soon again I hope. If I can climb out of the cake batter. 😉 xxxxx

  13. Azar says:

    Hello Val,
    Who better to recommend the perfect vanilla than a Cookie Queen (THE Cookie Queen)! I usually inhale rather than eat my vanilla. These days I am inhaling Dame Perfumery’s Black Flower…a very powerful Mexican vanilla and my current favorite. Regarding baking: Do you have or have you considered a trusted assistant? And yes, I would love to be in this draw. I follow by e-mail.
    Azar xx

  14. FeralJasmine says:

    I follow by email, and I take my vanilla any and every way I can get it. A lavish spray of Tihota or the Mona di Orio Vanille, a lovely vanilla-flavored cheesecake, a vanilla bean used to stir my tea, a furtive huff off the extract bottle as I pass through the pantry…it’s all good. Very good.

    • cookie queen says:

      FJ. I can smell you from here. 🙂 A vanilla bean to stir your tea? I wonder if that work in a Red Bull. Hmmmm. You are in. Bussis and hugs. xxxxx

  15. shmuli Cohen says:

    Favorite vanilla frag definitely Guerlain Cuir Beluga. Follow on FB

    • cookie queen says:

      Oh yes. I had forgotten Cuir Beluga. Such a gorgeous soft suede vanilla. I think I might prefer that to the Double Vanille. I have some. And I know where it is. Thanks for saying hi, you are in my armadillo basket. xxx

  16. Janet in California says:

    I love vanilla in all forms! My favorite right now is Eau des Missions. Cheap and wonderful.

    I follow by email and FB.

    It sounds like you are going to be a huge success!

  17. cookie queen says:

    AS long as I don´t drop dead first Janet in California. I live in hope! Eau des Missions? Unknown to me. Thanks for the tip. Love from Val soon to be in California. 😉

  18. Emily says:

    I love all things vanilla. My favorite vanilla fragrance right now is Burberry Woman. Thank you for the chance! I follow through email.

    • cookie queen says:

      Hello Emily. You are more than welcome. Good luck and thanks for taking part!! The Burberrys are really nice. I went through couple of bottles of Burberry Brit when it first came out. 😉 xxxx

  19. Lisa B. says:

    I follow by email, lbuller at purdue dot edu!
    I love Tendre Madeleine by Laurence Dumont for vanillas!

  20. Na! says:

    Hi there!! 😀 my fave vanilla is Cologne of the Missions (Eau des Missions) and I also adore Molinard’s Vanille Marine <3 thank you for this gorgeous giveaway!! I follow by e-mail, bloglovin' and fb!

  21. Elizabeth says:

    I’m in love with two polar fragrances: not vanilla in the lead – LouLou and definetly vanilla-centred Musc Maori. Vanilla in PG is soft and very misty for me. In LouLou I feel strong, dry and sharp vanilla. Anyway, I think sweet perfumes must be dramatic and a bit vicious for not to be insignificant.
    I follow by email. Thanks)

  22. Robert H. says:

    Love getting your emails. My favorite vanilla is steamed Vanilla milf with mountains of fluffy whipped cream. When it comes to wearing vanilla, I veer right to Vanille Intense by Parfums De Nicolai, or lately Tauer’s Vanilla flash.

  23. Robert H. says:

    MILK!! Not Milf!! Oh god. Where are my glasses!

  24. Kristi says:

    Hi I follow by email. I love baking so my favorite use of vanilla is in cupcakes 🙂 Tihota sounds lovely. thanks for the chancce

  25. Stefan Stoianov says:

    subscribed to follow via email

  26. Angie says:

    I LOVE cookies and I LOVE vanilla! I wonder, does it become so tedious baking for a living that it takes the joy out of it? Tihota is one of my favorites and I mourned it when it was d/c. So happy it is back. Email follower here!

  27. ElizabethC says:

    Hmm, well I am wearing Guerlain Angélique Noire today:) I just love vanilla perfumes – with a special fondness for Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille. I also love baking (and sugar cookies) but have to limit that activity because I have absolutely no willpower! This drawing sounds wonderful, I follow by email.

  28. Claudia says:

    Hello, I follow via email. I am crazy about vanilla scents and much prefer them to food, but would not say no to some vanilla soft-serve in the summer time! Choosing a favorite is pretty much impossible, but right now I’m enjoying Black Phoenix Snake Oil.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. The AL says:

    I follow APJ through WordPress (bloggers unite!) and I love vanilla in so many things, but especially ice cream. Currently loving Andy Tauer’s Vanilla Flash, for all its weirdness, but my so-far-favorite has to be Profumum’s Dulcis In Fundo. I would LOVE to try Tihota, please! It’s legendary. 🙂 Best of luck managing the higher workload–FWIW, I think it’s always great to challenge yourself even if it’s terrifying or you realize later it was a bit too much to handle.

  30. Michelle Blair says:

    I follow via email. I also like your Facebook page!! I love vanilla! Tihota sounds amazing!

  31. greennote2 says:

    Vanilla has been a journey. I finally realised I didn’t mind it with Guerlain Spiriteuse Double Vanille, but then I discovered Mona di Orio’s Vanille. Fabulous. Val, enjoy the challenge, I know you will. I also know you have the strength to admit that things are too much and need to change. Good luck, I’m sure you’ll have fun in amongst it all. DNEM.

  32. Katherine says:

    I follow by email and my favorite vanilla cookie is called a snicker doodle. It’s true love. My grandmother made them. It’s a sugar cookie rolled in a cinnamon sugar mix.

  33. Kandice says:

    Oooohhhh. I would love to try this! It has been on my wish list forever, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. I didn’t think I liked vanilla in perfumes, but then I happened to try Guerlain’s Spiriteuse Double Vanille and fell in love. To date, this is my all-time favorite vanilla. The sweetness is cut by the more boozy notes. I didn’t know Tahitian vanilla had cherry notes in it. I love cherry added to anything foody but am curious to see how it works in a fragrance. Thanks for the opportunity to sample this.

    On another note, I have every faith you can pull this off. I guess the question is whether or not you want to. Is all the work worth the end result? Since everyone raves about your cookies, I’m sure the cakes and muffins are equally delicious. So your customers will be happy, but will you? That’s probably the most important consideration 🙂 Keep us posted and good luck! (I follow via email.)

  34. Nemo says:

    I follow by email, and I love vanilla in all my desserts. In perfume, I like Vanilla Tonka (I also, incidentally, love root beer floats). My favorite vanillas so far though have been the ones where the vanilla note kind of sneaks up on you, like Phi une Rose de Kandaher. Thank you!

  35. Ashley S says:

    Vanilla is my favorite smell and taste. I’ve literally put vanilla extract on my skin just to smell like it in a pinch. You could say I’m a little obsessed ha. Vanilla-y custards and of course perfumes are probably some of my favorite ways to indulge in it. I follow by email 🙂

  36. flowergirlbee! says:

    i follow by email.thanks for the giveaway and good luck baking more cookie and muffin joy…i haven’t found a vanilla to really love yet..maybe this will be the one!!

  37. Virginia says:

    I am still on the hunt for the perfect vanilla perfume. I used to love Crabtree and Evelyn’s but that is sadly gone, now I am liking memoirs of a trespasser and vanilla tonka by parfums De Nicolai..still searching. I follow by email.

  38. poodle says:

    Tihota is good stuff indeed. I love Eau de Missions lately for a budget friendly vanilla.
    I love vanilla perfumes but eating vanilla is rather enjoyable as well. I’ve got a thing for vanilla paste actually. I’ll eat that stuff straight from the jar.

  39. Connie says:

    Ohhhhh, I’d love to try the legendary Tihota… I follow by email and my favorite vanilla food is vanilla ice cream (with cookies in it 😛 )

  40. empliau says:

    Hi Val! I love vanilla ice cream and I used to make a cheesecake with a vanilla topping. Very 70s, but it was good … I follow by e-mail, and I don’t really have a vanilla scent, although I am a devotee of SL Un Lys which I have read has vanilla undertones (or base, or something). I have no analytical skills, but whatever’s in it, I love it. If it’s not to late, please armadillo me! (A sentence I never anticipated typing, but I rather enjoyed it.) Chussis!

  41. Gina Tabasso says:

    I follow by email/newsletter. I HATED vanilla and gourmands in the past. Then I found some I loved like Raghba!

  42. Winterlude says:

    Just tried Cuir Beluga and love, LOVE it! Why must I fall in love with scents I can’t afford?!?
    I follow via email, thanks for the draw!

  43. Fazal Cheema says:

    my favorite vanilla fragrance is Tauer Vanilla flash. thanks so much for your generosity. i follow APJ through email.

  44. Patty Pong says:

    e-mail follower, Havane Vanille is nice. 🙂

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