Vanille Tonka by Patricia de Nicolaï
April 16, 2016
The general impression of Vanille Tonka reminds me of a High Key concept where the slightest touches of shadows are creating an image on what seems to be an endlessly white background. It opens with a tingling sensation in my nose caused by the crispy lemon tickling against the fuzzy vanilla. A very similar effect I get in Habit Rouge and to a lesser extent in Shalimar by Guerlain. Then the scent almost disappears flowing out to a white canvas. The citrus brightness calms down and descends in form of an orange flower mist. The touches of warm spices are draping the fabric of canvas into a shape of an exotic flower. Incense deepens the curvy contours of the fluffy vanilla clouds spilling the bittersweet flakes of tonka.
It’s a very soft scent spreading a delicate aura of a classic vanilla and tonka accord. To my nose it’s too muted perhaps, but it’s a great skin scent for those searching for quiet perfume with an attitude. A nice light perfume for a day wear for the admirers of Habit Rouge or Shalimar.
Top notes: Basil, lemon, mandarin
Middle notes: Orange blossom, black pepper, cinnamon
Base notes: Incense, vanilla absolute, tonka bean
Perfumer: Patricia de Nicolaï
Year of creation: 1997
Fragrance Wheel (by Michael Edwards) classification: Oriental, Classical/Classique, feminine
Trying to visualize the scent I found this great picture by Pete Tombs to be very similar to my perception of Vanille Tonka: