Perhaps not a fragrance choice for the majority of our dear readers but I've been craving vanilla the past few weeks so I ordered Lush's Vanillary (liquid not solid). I expected something akin to cake, cookies and dessert but instead found a sweet vanillic floral - strikingly similar to the over the top vanilla of L'Artisan Vanilia. Lush's Vanillary is a jasmine-lily-vanilla and if you're a fan of L'Artisan Vanilia, and are aware of it's discontinuation, you might want to give this a go. I also notice threads of similarity with Hermes Vanille Galante (gasp) - must be the lily and slight woody notes.
Vanillary is, of course, sweet, but no sweeter than L'Artisan or Serge Luten's Un Bois Vanille. It certainly has better longevity and sillage than either of these illustrious perfume houses. It's really quite pleasant and a steal for $42. It's housed in an ugly little bottle but everything is relatively ugly and basic from Lush.
Sometimes I enjoy perfume reviews that wax poetic and sometimes I tire of all the puffed up words and just want to know what a fragrance smells like. Lush's Vanillary smells great. It's the sort of fragrance which will receive oodles of compliments.