Vanille Orient by Jean-Claude Astier + Geoffrey Nejman for M. Micallef 2012




Hey there Frag Heads,

You may remember a few weeks ago I bought a bottle of M Micallef Vanille Marine? Well looking through my decants this week I discovered 5ml of another in the line. Because I loved the other so much I’d basically ignored todays and so I thought we could look at it together today.

Vanille Orient by M. Micallef 2012

Vanille Orient by Jean-Claude Astier + Geoffrey Nejman

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Spices, vanilla, sandalwood, amber, musk

Opening is vanilla, quickly tempered by sweet citrus and warm resins. There is some cardamom or something equally green/smooth floating around and a smokiness on a low level. A simple creamy amber, very easy wear, is the heart. Nothing ground breaking or distinctive but it does smell very luxurious.

I keep smelling myself and thinking that Vanille Orient transports me to an expensive European hotel lobby in winter. Resinous, woody, balsams and a clean musk with a faint reminder of long dead cigarettes and coffee. It’s a clean, warm, comfortable scent that would make a terrific candle.

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I don’t know if you ever go to art galleries but there is a certain slim line 40+ woman who wears a black wool polo neck jumper, boot cut jeans or a tailored skirt and comfortable boyishly styled shoes. Often her greying and kept natural hair is cut in a modern super short bob and she accessorises with white gold. I have come a ross these wonderful women and they will chat about the art sometimes. They LOVE this kind of amber. A happy middle ground between the sweet, bakery style and the bitch tar leather ambers.

This wears resinous rather than sweet, is dry and warm with no animalics or darkness. A 100% comfortable amber that smells very good. Excellent for wafting in the cool halls of galleries.

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What do you wear to go to the gallery?
Portia xx

10 thoughts on “Vanille Orient by Jean-Claude Astier + Geoffrey Nejman for M. Micallef 2012

  1. Hi Portia. Vanille Orient sounds lovely. Love going to galleries for alone time. So that is when I wear Narciso Rodriguez for Her Musc Eau de Parfum Intense. It’s the most aloof perfume in my collection.


    • Hi there Lisilou,
      Gorgeous choice for drinking in someone else’s paint of view.
      Portia xx


  2. Hi Portia,

    I’m usually taking advantage of an unexpected opportunity, a spare hour or so, when I go to a gallery so I’ve bever planned what frag to wear fot it. But if I did it would probably be something meditative and calming. Perhaps Serge Lutens Gris Clair or Comme des Garçons Kyoto…maybe YSL Nu?

    Lil Xx


  3. Hi Portia, I must admit that I truly enjoyed all of the Micallef Vanille series. Loved Orient and Cuir. To the gallery I would wear an Hermessence such as Osmanthus Yunnan or Iris Ukiyoe. Sandra xo


    • Good choices for the gallery Sandra,
      We need to do some galleries together next visit.
      Portia xx


  4. I didn’t dislike Vanille Orient but I never felt compelled even to finish my sample.

    Gallery visit is not something I really plan or cherish, and since I wouldn’t be afraid to really bother anybody (it’s so easy in that type of a setting not to stay around anybody you don’t want to be around – be that for their smell, not necessarily perfume, their voice or anything else) that I [would] wear anything I feel like wearing that day.


    • Hey Undina,
      Yeah, I get that it might not be interesting enough for loads of people. It’s a pretty and safe amber.
      Good point, galleries are good for getaways.
      Portia xx


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