Great Classic Scent
A beautiful classic scent that has great staying power but doesn't overwhelm. Great floral tones that don't make you smell like a grandmother (and that can be rare). Overall, just a truly wonderful perfume.
Pros: Great scent that Does Not Overwhelm
Non-descript watery floral
This is the only Guerlain I have sampled that slips beneath even Caron's "light floral" radar.
Turin describes it as the second worst scent Guerlain ever produced. The bottle is pretty, but the content is mediocre - an unimaginative floral without depth or complexity. I don't know how some describe it as a leather or a chypre.
Created in 1904, released to the public in 1914, reformulated in 1995 and 2008. Ten ingredients: Violet, Orris, Heliotrope, Bergamot, Rose, Tuberose, Leather, Oakmoss, Benzoin, Wood.
The reviewers concoct all sorts of ingredients, but it seems they are not really there. This certainly creates many complex impressions in the olfactory sensors for many, but sadly, not for me.
Pros: Hardly any
Cons: Ordinary and mediocre floral
This is a review for the modern EDP.
Honestly, the topnotes of Champs-Elysées alone are pretty much worth a thumbs up. It's a fruity mix of juicy apple and that Guerlain cherry, made sparkly with aldehydes and bright with violets while a lightly honeyed mimosa combines with a subtle suede note to give a mature "perfumey" core. Given time, the suede mimosa becomes the star, still sweetened with lingering fruits while a pinch of clove and Red Hot candied cinnamon spice up the background. By the base, it's a subtle tobacco with lingering clove and cinnamon (probably the most artistically weak portion of the scent - with candied cinnamon and clove, it's very easy to slip into the territory of cheap Christmas potpourri).
Despite the lame base, the rest of Champs-Elysées is quite good. It's no Mitsouko, but it's kind of unfair to expect every single thing Guerlain touches to be a timeless masterpiece. Sometimes a well executed just-better-than-mainstream perfume is enough.
Lovely fruity-floral, feminine, sweet and extremely longlasting. A must for floral lovers.
I'd love to have a bottle of the vintage stuff, but this feminine, youthful, modern formulation has done very well by me. I don't get that fruity blast others have been speaking of--no pear, melon, etc. For me, it's a rather Pantene-Shampoo-esque blast that mellows rather quickly (thank God for that). The true gift of this frag emerges when I nap. My body heat warms the scent on my clothes, and what's left is the warm, mellow, delicious marriage of almond, mimosa, and rose in perfect harmony. To die for!