Founder Matthew Tilker began Mistral as a soap company after studying soap making in France with an expert in the field, but has since expanded his line to include body care and perfume. He developed his fragrances with perfumers in Grasse and they definitely have a very European feel. This one is no exception, as it is not a pedestrian vanilla by any stretch of the imagination. Also featuring notes of amber, patchouli, and geranium, it is almost woody from the get-go, which reads more like the dryness of an actual vanilla bean as it evolves on the skin. I have always found the melding of vanilla with woodier notes to be compelling and addictive when done well, and for me it is a combination that celebrates the best outdoor/indoor facets of the winter experience, provided you live in an environment that registers the change of season.