August 7, 2017

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Blackberry A Perfect Bug Spray

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Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Blackberry Eau de Toilette arrives just in time for the late Summer with fruity blackberry notes combined with vanilla and woods. Comptoir Sud Pacifique is legendary for creating some intensely dominated vanilla gourmand fragrances and I honestly expected no different from their Vanille Blackberry scent.

Visions of a warm tart filled with delicious blackberries and topped with a scoop of melting vanilla ice cream was what I expected from this new fragrance but what I got was bug spray…

Here’s my review and thoughts!

Something told me not to splurge $85 on the larger size of this scent so I went all cheap and I got a 1 oz bottle for $35. My mentality was I have a lot of fragrances already and the 1 oz size would be plenty for me to use up before it goes bed due to my larger fragrance collection. My second thought was if I loved it I could always go back and get the larger size at some point. I’m happy to say I splurged on the smaller amount because I’m terribly impressed with this scent.

At first mist this scent has a tangy lemon-y undertone combined with a hint of muskiness. As it warms up on skin the blackberry bursts forth with a sweet tanginess and a lightly floral back note that my nose is unable to identify. There is nothing about floral notes in the scent but for me there’s some earthy element in the background that gives off a certain just dug up flower vibe. As it dries completely down you’ll find musk begins to dominate the blackberry. This is where things got a little iffy for me as my body chemistry gave it a weird medical scent! It started to remind me of OFF Bug Spray for some reason. The vanilla simply wasn’t there for me at all which is abnormal since Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille fragrances are dominated by the note. Apparently, Vanille Blackberry will work well with Aloha Tiare or Vanille Abricot. I haven’t done any cocktailing myself yet but perhaps that might work at making this a better fragrance experience for me.

If you’re expect a delicious blackberry tart topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream this will sadly disappoint. If you’re looking for a tangy, musky blackberry it might just be considered a unique pick for you. However, keep in mind the longevity is fleeting so before you buy, try it in store and see how it goes.

Personally, I think it is a skip. It just smells like bug spray on me. Oh well! Maybe it’ll keep the mosquitoes away!

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  • kjh

    Not a fan of gourmand, or CSP’s heavy library of vanilla based scents. I like Aqua Motu for summer. Water scents are looked down on by true fragrance-istas, but if you live at the beach, they’re pretty mandatory in summer. Did a big spray of Vetiver Haiti, and should replace, enjoy. CSP has a pretty big library, of which only a few gourmands are really easy to come by. Most of the men’s appeal to me, but you never see them. CSP is kind of a PITA that way. Get why this disappointed you. Glad you sprang for the smaller size. Give it away.

  • Melissa

    I’m glad I didn’t buy this. I like when CSP made fragrances in the aluminum bottles. I saw on their website they brought back out some old ones wonder if they smell the same.

  • Codename Duchess

    Blackberry always does that to me! Something about that fragrance note does not agree with my body chemistry. It always gives off a chemical note.

    • Isabella Muse

      It’s weird. I really thought it would be sweet with elements of harder vanilla since CSP really concentrates on vanilla in their scents but this was just a weird medicine smell to me!

  • Jodi

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