I am at a turning point in my acceptance of Guerlain's slow demise. My latest 1000ml bee bottle of Mouchoir de Monsieur contains a pale juice that is but a shadow of its former self, with longevity similar to "Eau du Coq," and the new Jicky Eau de Toilette sprays are, at best, fey and characterless: They almost smell like Jean Nate body splash. The newly packaged Jicky parfum, in its champagne coloured box, has gone high pitched and sweet, and lost a good deal of its signature civet from flight to base. Recently, and quite by accident, I found that mixing 60% jicky (current) parfum and 40% (current Mouchoir de Monsieur) makes a juice very similar to the Jicky edt we all remember and love. This was not layering: this was "I mixed up my atomizers and filled my Jicky Parfum one with Mouchoir." The Guerlain brothers made shalimar by dumping the freshly invented synthetic vanilla into Jicky extract just to see "what it would give." Does anyone have any clever home-mix solutions to help counteract the demise of Guerlain, which, since the unfortunate departure of Monsieur Guerlain, a shameless maneuver on the part of Guerlain, is clearly underway and presents nothing but mediocrity apparent on the horizon, judging from the newbie's comps, which are all quite common by my take, some outright offensive, and the train wrecks of wan nothingness the classics have become in their current incarnations? Here's another experiment I did, simply because I was brave: I took a full 30ml Jicky parfum, current formulation, and, with a pipette, introduced one musk laden, skanky drop of vintage "le dix" extract in it from the 60's that had been perfectly preserved, glass-stopper sealed, and still wrapped up in its "papier griffe:" Though this made the entire 30+ ml that resulted noticeably different, the results were pleasant, and intriguing enough to wear, effectively bringing back some of the funk and weirdness that we Jicky lovers crave, though not for as much replicating actual vintage Jicky. Has anyone toyed around with this? Those of us who have worn these scents for years, made signatures of them, are all left out in the cold: Guerlain clearly does not care about their classic ranges, and no amount of pretty bottle/tight distribution is worth an edt with next to no staying power or a parfum that's meant "to smell like feet" and now smells more like lemon pledge or baby wipes: At those prices, why can a house like Comme des Garcons make a masterpiece that lasts ten hours under current regulations, while Guerlain SA's sit and yammer on about their woes and heartbreaks concerning the DNA of their brand and how it's being ignored, even insulted, by its current power players? If Bernard Arnault could confidently appoint the likes of Marc Jacobs to step into the shoes of John Galliano himself, one of the last great living couturiers, and think that's not sacrilege to the House of Dior, imagine what we have in store for minimal money makers like Guerlain? Thoughts? Anyone?
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9/10/11 at 8:07pm