a bit harsh at first but a lovely vanilla
I absolutely love vanilla-based fragrances, a simple but strong vanilla is sexy and sophisticated and wonderful for all seasons. I was thoroughly impressed by Montale's Vanille Absolu, which I ordered specifically because I wanted a vanilla-heavy fragrance.
My only complaint is that when you first spray it on there is a very harsh, alcoholic smell accompanied by extremely strong clove. This gives it the unfortunate scent of a dentist's office. However, after just a couple minutes it softens into a sexy, warm scent. It's instantly recognizable as vanilla but isn't flat or bland at all when accompanied by spicier notes of cinnamon and clove. It's very bold, which I love. All in all, an excellent fall/winter fragrance for vanilla lovers, as long as you can bear the harsh beginnings.