Lots of folks on here say that the real stuff is the only stuff that works. I've been using the imitation stuff and it seems to work. I covered my boots last week w/ it and had 9 deer walk straight to my stand... using the trail I used. Who knows???
When I was a kid my dad used to buy this stuff called Cover Up. It came in a little white plastic bottle with this green liquid. It smelled a lot like vanilla, but not as strong as regular vanilla. We never had a problem with deer winding us at all. But I have not seen it anywhere for the last 20 years. I am sure that either regular or immitation would work fine. I don't think that it would take to much of it either. Just enough for it to overcome your natural smell.
I use the imitation and have killed maybe 7 or 8 does during early season and 2 or 3 bucks following the does in rut. All in years past, not just one season. It's an all season lure, bring in the bait, shoot the bucks chasing the bait.
imma believer in it and have been using it for years my mama showed me how to make it instead of buying it and we have been doin it for years.But i can't tell you how many deer that i have had walk straight to the bushes that i had sprayed over the years.Or walk up and smell the air licking the lips tring to find out the smell try it you wont regret it