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Like so many of the early abstract Guerlain perfumes, this is interesting but not appealing. Aldehydic and somewhat powdery, I enjoy this most as an ambient scent. Added to sweet almond oil and allowed to simmer in an oil burner, it creates a great atmosphere for watching Fritz Lang movies and drinking absinthe martinis. But on the skin (my skin, anyway), even the lightest application is both chest-crushingly heavy and unpleasantly artificial. In addition, while it starts off as a fairly complex fragrance for the time, it doesn't seem to develop much on drydown. I'm glad I tried it for the history, but it's not something I'd wear out - too unapproachable and self-insistent.
13 December, 2008