Vanilla scents tend to have a cloying, candied effect. But not Geisha Vanilla Hinoki. Its key ingredient is a woodsy, smoky vanilla found only in Morocco—and very hard to come by. Five years in the making, perfumer Maria McElroy blended this delicacy with unexpected partner: Hinoki, a storied cypress. For centuries, this prized Japanese wood was used to build palaces, temples, shrines-- and those lingering hot spring pools known as onsen, found in mountainside inns. Maria’s intention with this new scent was to capture the cloudy, floating, sybaritic sensation of lingering in one of these scented hot springs. Geisha Vanilla Hinoki, a nighttime—or should we say bedtime--potion is a truly unique approach to the world’s most popular gourmand. Hypnotic, spiritual, and simply gorgeous.