So for the past 10 days, my beloved kitteh Zelda has been staying in a pet hotel while I was in California. It’s the longest amount of time I’ve been away from her since I first brought her home, and I admit to being a little nervous about her. What if she’s bullying the other kittehs? What if she gives into peer pressure and joins a kitteh gang?
My anxiety was not exactly soothed by an email update from the pet hotel, which featured this picture of an absolutely terrified looking Zelda followed by the caption “SHE’S HAVING A BLAST!”
While I count down the hours until I can pick up Zelda, I thought it would be an appropriate time to review Parfumerie Generale Felanilla, a “feline vanilla” fragrance. Felanilla opens with what I identify as very dry wood. This is supposed to be the feline part, but I don’t recognize Zelda in there (possibly because she is an indoor cat and does not smell particularly animalic). After perhaps 20 minutes, Felanilla begins to smell startlingly close to the smoky vanilla base notes of high-grade Shalimar.
On the one hand, this makes Felanilla a rather derivative fragrance. On the other hand, Guerlain’s reformulations are notoriously unpredictable. Who knows how much longer Shalimar will continue to smell like itself? Felanilla is a great dark vanilla, and is particularly recommended to those who don’t like Shalimar’s bergamot top notes.