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  1. Guerlain Week, Day 4: Attrape-Coeur and Plus Que Jamais

    Attrape-Coeur – What is it about sandalwood that leaves me cold? Okay, fine, it’s nice. It’s a perfectly decent, harmless note (except in Lutens’ hands, where it turns into some kind of Indian-cooking monstrosity). But my reaction to Attrape-Coeur is the same as to Chanel’s Bois des Îles (EDT): meh. Maybe if I were to smell Bois des Îles in vintage parfum (hint hint), I could appreciate the beauty of real, natural Indian sandalwood that everybody always raves about. As it is, I’m not going to tax ...

    Updated 21st November 2009 at 04:11 AM by kopah

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    Guerlain , Reviews
  2. Guerlain Week, Day 3: Bois d’Arménie and Rose Barbare

    If L’Art et la Matière had a theme song, it would be “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” by The Police, just because of the title alone. These perfumes make me very aware of how close to my skin I tend to position my nose when sampling: at that distance, they skew horribly out of balance. But when I leave them on my wrists and get back to typing, the sillage that wafts up gives a true impression. One thing’s for sure: the misgivings I expressed about the line in yesterday’s entry have been assuaged. ...

    Updated 21st November 2009 at 04:11 AM by kopah

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    Guerlain , Reviews
  3. Guerlain Week, Day 2: Angélique Noire and Cuir Beluga

    In the wake of the court ruling against eBay in France, today I noticed that all Guerlain perfume bottles have been removed from the ebay.fr site. Only ads and collectibles remain.

    Angélique Noire – It seems quite rich and vanillic from the vial, but on skin it’s surprisingly floral/fruity. It’s an overripe, tropical fruitiness though (pineapple?), almost boozy, like fruit liqueur. After about an hour, it starts to take on a more alcoholic/chemical aspect, like fruit-scented hair ...

    Updated 21st November 2009 at 04:11 AM by kopah

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    Guerlain , Reviews
  4. Guerlain Week, Day 1: Habit Rouge and Derby

    I'm embarking on a testing journey, to better familiarize myself with this house's oeuvre. I know, it's Tuesday, and I'm a day late. To be fair, I did wear L'Heure Bleue on Sunday night, but I wasn't thinking about it all that hard. I'll examine it later on. But I'm starting off today with two offerings for men.

    Habit Rouge (EDT) - Any label that's released a perfume based on Turkish Delight should be ashamed: Guerlain beat them all to it, and did it better, without even trying. With ...

    Updated 21st November 2009 at 04:12 AM by kopah

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    Guerlain , Reviews
  5. Red Vetyver by Montale

    Red Vetyver is the newest fragrance launched this year by Montale. A spicy woody fragrance combining the notes of vetiver from Haiti, Moroccan cedarwood, patchouli, grapefruit, elemi, black pepper from Madagascar.

    Red Vetyver opens with “wet” Vetiver notes reminding me of a fresh cut root or asparagus. Balsamic freshness of black pepper and bitter sweetness (Grapefruit-like)
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