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  1. Guerlain Week, Day 7: Cherry Blossom and Mitsouko

    Weird pairing, I know. But they're what's left!

    Cherry Blossom (Parfum) – This is a remarkably sheer, refreshing, faintly sweet floral fragrance that seems tailor-made for summer. Apparently this is the kind of scent that’s a big hit in the Asian market (particularly Japan), since they prefer much lighter scents; I guess this explains Osmanthe Yunnan (Hermès is incredibly popular with Japanese women). Personally I can’t see how this would even be detectable by anyone other than trained ...

    Updated 21st November 2009 at 05:10 AM by kopah

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    Guerlain , Reviews
  2. Guerlain Week, Day 6: Nahéma, Vol de Nuit, and L’Heure Bleue

    Nahéma (Parfum) – A rose-scented boot stamping on a human face; or, what Armageddon would smell like if nuclear bombs were fuelled with roses instead of plutonium. This is no kind of delicate or discreet. This is the Attack of the 50-Foot Rose Chypre. Miranda Priestly might have found it a bit overbearing.

    Vol de Nuit (Parfum) – I can definitely see how people consider this a unisex fragrance. It’s woodier than I remember it being from ...

    Updated 21st November 2009 at 05:10 AM by kopah

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    Guerlain , Reviews
  3. Guerlain Week, Day 5: Shalimar, EDC Impériale, plus 5 more

    I’m feeling laconic today, and testing these mid-to-late 20th-century Guerlains is tiresome. Tomorrow is going to be L’Heure Bleue and Vol de Nuit, just because I need to love again.

    Chamade (EDT) – Unless I’m mistaken, it’s another rose chypre. It smells rather like Nahéma, except less powdery. Would make a decent Rose Barbare substitute for the budget-conscious.

    [Sidebar: Could someone please explain to me why bloggers ...

    Updated 21st November 2009 at 05:11 AM by kopah

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    Guerlain , Reviews
  4. 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 05:11 AM by kopah

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    Guerlain , Reviews
  5. 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 05:11 AM by kopah

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    Guerlain , Reviews



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