Don't let the fact that this has the word "Vanilla" in its name deter you from trying this scent. Trust me, I usually hate the smell of vanilla. Vanilla-dominant fragrances for men are, to my mind, the antithesis of masculine. I don't want to smell like cookies or cake. Raw Vanilla, however, is an awesome fragrance.
What makes this great is the fact that it's not a heavy slog
of a scent, but rather a crisp
vanilla scent. How rare is that? In fact, there are even some green notes in
here! Granted, I wouldn't classify Raw
Vanilla as a green fragrance, but it uses some leafy green and citrus notes to
counteract the sweetness of the vanilla, and the end result is almost like a
bright classical fougere with a strong vanilla note. Imagine a sharper, greener Canoe, and you get
the idea of what this is like.
This is a great non-gourmand vanilla scent that would smell
right at home in a barbershop or a wet-shaving den. This isn't an A*Men or Rochas Man clone. My wife smelled it for the first time the
other day, and her first reaction was, "Oh, that is a very masculine
scent". That's good enough for me!
MY RATING: 8.5/10
Fragrance House: Coty