This scent is so wearable, it makes me want to keep sniffing myself all day long. I wish this were easier to buy in the US, but it's out there and it's not that hard to find. Overall, fantastic.
I can see how this is similar to the original Habit Rouge, but Guerlain fragrances are some of the more self-referential ones out there so I think it was an awful move on Thierry Wasser's part to release this as a flanker instead of as its own fragrance. This is so good, it would have leant him some more credibility in the rough transition to the Guerlain family. This is stripped down and simple: orange on top, jasmine in the middle, lightly powdery vanilla and woods on bottom. Sometimes I still get sore hazelnut at the end too. The "hazelnut" plays hide-and-seek with me. Some days it's an obvious facet of the orange and jasmine and when I can detect it it's beautiful and a brilliant touch. Other days I don't smell it at all.
The projection on this is decent but won't wake the neighbors, and it lasts all day, easily 12 hours (scents do tend to last a while on me).
One thing I've noticed is Guerlain tends to make very sensual and warm fragrances and Thierry Wasser doesn't. That feels like a good summary of why he isn't too warmly received as their new perfumer. So expect this to strip some of the sensuality from Habit Rouge and go in a brighter, more transparent and less dense direction. Overall beautiful and slightly feminine, maybe even a bit more feminine than the original thanks to bright, sweet jasmine.
01st August, 2014 (last edited: 12th April, 2015)
On the opening you get a very soft and smooth cream like orange citrus note. After a while a airy jasmine note appears and seems to dominate the heart of the fragrance.
In the dry-down the unsweet cream like vanilla takes over with hints of patchouli, woods, musk and a watery note. All in all this fragrance lasts five hours with average projection.
This scent is very nice indeed and the notes are woven very subtlety within the soft and smooth olfactory tapestry.
The drydown is especially good as it seems to morph on your skin. One moment when you sniff yourself up close you smell the orange and musk, other times the jasmine and slight woods.
A worthy fragrance which I would classify as a citrus floral oriental making it perfect to wear anytime and anywhere.
This is the most wearable version of Habit Rouge.
Smells clean and not so dated than the classic.
The vanilla and hazelnut notes are very noticeable along with the classic citric note.
Sillage, projection and lasting power are medium-high.
Definetely worth it!
An accomplished Habit Rouge flanker. The name is perhaps a little misleading; it is not simply 'watered-down' but rather restructured in an attempt to appeal more to modern tastes. It is softer, smoother, lighter and less 'perfumey' than the standard EdT. The powder has been dialled right down and the leather present in other formulations seems to have gone altogether (I wonder why?). It still opens with that breathtaking burst of bright citrus; and thanks to a medium-sweet woody-vanilla base it has excellent longevity (aided by a shy serving of musk). Although hazelnut is listed, there is no 'nutty' smell to my nose; maybe it is assimilated in the woody base.
It does smell more 'modern' (mainly due to a relative absence of powder) but the characteristic HR DNA is still clearly recognisable; you won't mistake it for anything else. So if you don't like the 'original' you are unlikely to enjoy this. I think it's a great scent for summer, when the EdP (or Extrait) might be too heavy to wear, but I can see myself wearing it year-round too.