The reviews for this FO were varied when I bought it, but I figured it's just a preference issue or something. Upon receiving it, I believe it's actually much more heavily dependent on what you think of when you think "vanilla." If you want that sweetness that you smell with vanilla flavored cakes, ice cream, candies, etc. you're going to be disappointed. If you want the scent you get when you open a bottle of vanilla extract, you'll be very pleased with this. It isn't a candied vanilla or a sweet vanilla, it's just a straight up pure vanilla scent. That being said, as with vanilla extract, less is more. I was slightly dizzy and more than a little nauseous after just one sniff of this from the bottle. I'm sure it will settle down a bit once in a candle or soap (haven't tested it yet), but I can't say for sure. I will say that if you or your clients/gift recipients are sensitive to heavy smells, this might be one that you skip. It really does get in your nose and it doesn't leave until it's good and ready.