Samsara (1989)
    by Guerlain

    Samsara Fragrance Notes

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    Samsara is a Sanskrit word signifying "the cycle of birth and rebirth", and is the path to nirvana. The scent is a woody-floral oriental.

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    Captain's avatar
    Canada Canada

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    This is a masterpiece, no question. The sandalwood, ylang-ylang and jasmine are perfectly balanced. It's a clean sandalwood unlike other favs of mine like Obsession which are a bit more dirty. No leather like Cartier Must no civet like Obsession. Just rich, soapy, creamy sweet and powdery.

    07 December, 2013 (Last Edited: 08 March, 2014)

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    Only 2 words to describe this one: Timeless fragrance. It never gets old. It's classic and elegant yet modern. sweet, floral, warm and rich, without being overpowering. One of Guerlain's best. Makes you feel like a million dollars.

    24 May, 2013

    iivanita's avatar
    Croatia Croatia

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    this is pure femininity how i view it, this review is for vintage version,

    beautiful creamy yellow yilang yilang with ever feminine jasmine opens in full intensity then settles down on sandalwood that is the central stage for this play, creamy milky, sweetish heaven, you want to stop the moment, how beautiful it gets...the most beauty comes in the 3rd hour....everything is done with beautiful gentle overlays, the music plays from crescendo to piano....its noticable even 7 hours later, just getting more and more quiet...not thin, just the way i imagine real mysore sandalwood would play itself out, 3 thumbs up :)

    the modern version on the other hand, has 100% synthetic sandalwood, it screams and yells at you, and last for days on the clothes...2nd day it gets interesting , but the metalic note in there never leaves it....very different character , this perfume was never ment to shout nor be trashy....

    24 February, 2013

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    I love Guerlain because of the richness of their fragrances. For some they are just "too much" or too heavy, but for others who takes the time to listen to the story they tell, they become a personality....

    Samsara isn't one of the more heavier frags Guerlain offers, it is delicate and more subtle, yet noticeable and rich. For me Samsara is a hidden mistress or a secret lover, beautiful and confident, revealing themselves only to the ones who seek them.

    If the Ylang Ylang is the fire, then the Jasmine is the fuel that keeps it burning.
    Even when the Ylang Ylang fades out, the first impression of it keeps it present.

    The Sandalwood at the heart and the Vanilla and the Tonka at the base helps balancing the other"flowery" notes and makes it suitable also for men who knows how to wear a more gentle fragrance.

    I've gotten and still get a lot of compliments from both men and women, and being a guy with a masculine character, no one suspects this being a "womens perfume".

    One of my top favorites!

    18 December, 2012

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    Even though this fragrance isn’t for me personally, I think it is one of the finest examples of the art of perfumery I have ever encountered. It is beautifully crafted, and even though I don’t like it, I know it is good. It is just too oriental for me, and even though I like the notes Vanilla and Sandalwood, the jasmine overwhelms this at the start. The longevity is fantastic, and I love the warm rounded sent that is left after a few hours, but I can’t get past the opening to get to that point. Sadly not for me, but an absolute classic.

    18 September, 2012

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    To me, this is a cold weather fragrance, very complex, and you can get in trouble if you use a heavy hand with this. However, every time I wore it, some man would ask me (in a positive way) what I had on and would move closer. A fragrance that does that has to be a winner, right?

    02 September, 2012

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