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Un Air de Samsara (1995)
by Guerlain


Un Air de Samsara information

Year of Launch1995
Average Rating
(based on 35 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerJean Paul Guerlain
PackagingRobert Granai
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton

About Un Air de Samsara

Un Air de Samsara is a feminine perfume by Guerlain. The scent was launched in 1995 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean Paul Guerlain. The bottle was designed by Robert Granai

Un Air de Samsara fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Un Air de Samsara

In the opening I was hit by notes of mint and citrus (bergamot) which gave a bright and refreshing/airy feeling. The top does come off as a bit green because of the mint. Quickly the opening faded giving way to floral notes of jasmine and narcissus. Towards the base I get a drydown that somewhat resembles the original. Present are notes of sandalwood and vanilla although not as intense as the original. I would say the flanker would be a good alternative to the original for the spring and summer months as you still get the traditional Samsara drydwon to a certain degree. The obvious differences would be the additional floral notes in the mid and mint/citrus notes in the opening. Longevity and silage aren’t great and warmer weather would help this scent project a little bit more. It’s a bit more of a casual scent IMO as it’s not strong enough to overpower a room. For the duration of the scent, it stayed closer to the skin. If one enjoys Samsara then there’s a good chance that one will like this one as well. Personally, I would prefer the original any day but nonetheless Un Air de Samsara is a decent scent.
31st January, 2016
This is a very nice adaptation of the original Samsara.

A mint note dominates the top. Sprayed close to the skin it can veer a little too close to toothpaste, but when misted it keeps a very dry herbal character. While the original floral heart is a fine ylang-jasmine blend, Un Air leans more towards jasmine. There is also a noticeable rose note if you look for it. The florals, though, are toned down in general. The base is the same excellent sandalwood as the vintage original.

Un Air de Samsara goes on strongly minty, but it fades quickly, faster than most Guerlain edts.

I prefer the original for is floral lushness and rich base. I use Un Air, though, for layering with vintage Samsara. It makes a beautiful contrast and is perfect for breezy spring days.
10th April, 2014
I agree with Awsomeness. I much prefer the original Samsara. There is something not quite right with this one and longevity is not great. It's still ok on occasions or if you are afraid of Samsara.
10th March, 2012
The missing link between Vol de Nuit and Samsara, but brighter and happier than either. Very fresh, springlike opening with greens (mint), bergamot and narcissus. The narcissus reminding of VdN, but here it gets warmer with jasmine in the heart while powdery sandal and vanilla sneaks up from the base. Un Air is far lighter than Samsara, in fact that is my problem with it. The base is gorgeous and very Guerlain in its quality, a scent to bury your nose in - but its a little too light. I think of it as a Cinderella perfume - a wonder for one evening, then its (very) gone.
21st March, 2011
Wow! This stuff is amazing. I absolutely love this take on Samsara! Much more "user friendly" for casual wear and a great alternative to the original.

16th May, 2009
The mintiness of the Samsara variation lightens it up so, seemingly setting the earthbound sandalwood confection free. I love it in the summer. I perceive it as a cross bwtween Guerlain's monumental Samsara, and their Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca (though not as yellow-green). It sounds unlikely, but it works beautifully!
23rd February, 2009

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