Guerlain Cologne du Parfumeur (2010) Thierry Wasser Green Citrus
•Notes: Calabrian Orange Blossom, Lemon, Bergamot, Lavender, Mint, Rosemary
The notes in themselves suggest nothing out-of-the-ordinary in this scent, but the fragrance is not quite like any other eau-de-cologne-style scent I've ever smelled before. As a sales gimmick, Guerlain has been offering a special drink at the Paris opening for this which contains the notes listed above (the lavender in the drink is a lavender syrup). In the days when perfumer's alcohol was not denatured, but potable, people did drink the cologne to right real or imagined maladies. Strangely, this does smell almost drinkable — not recommended given today's denatured perfume alcohol. The smell is very Guerlain, even without the guerlinade signature base notes: really elegant, unobtrusive, yet anything but below-the-radar. Very refreshing and citrusy, with a distinctly green and herbal drydown, a slightly resinous one, which is perhaps due to the rosemary. Generous quantities at fairly reasonable (for Guerlain) prices. I got the 8.5 oz. (250ml.) size. A good thing, because it will require reapplication if you want it to last. Recommended.