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    Default Re: Going back where it all started: the Classic Guerlains

    My first Guerlain was in 1971 and I was already a fairly sophisticated perfume lover.

    The first one was Chamade and it was a gift from a someone who knew how much I loved perfumes.

    It was like a whole new world opened up to me. I still remember the sensation of smelling its shimmering greenness.

    After that, I sought out the others and shortly discovered int his order:
    Mitsouko (probably my favourite perfume of all time)
    Shalimar
    L'Heure Bleue (this one took longer to like. Finally, the parfum grabbed onto me)
    Parure
    Jicky
    Vol de Nuit ( I remember buying Jicky and Vol de Nuit in a lovely little perfume shop in the centre of Vienna)
    Chant d'Aromes
    and then all the others.
    Of the modern ones, I like Samsara in parfum and Mahora.
    Guerlain.

    I have recently tried Vega and love that one too.

    But it is the collection of classics from my yout that I still go back to again and again, the triumvirate of Chamade, Mitsouko and Shalimar. (Okay, I'll add Jicky to this) I am never without the parfum in these and I go back to them both when I am happiest and when I am sad and need comforting.

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    Many thanks for your lovely post, Hilda Rosa!

    You might want to join us wearing Vega on Saturday 5 August, more info in this thread: http://community.basenotes.net/showt...=183718&page=4
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    Wearing Habit Rouge today, I have to praise the lovely drydown. It really is nice when it has settled down.....a little like cotton embedded Shalimar with a twist.

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    I'm rather new to the older Guerlain classics....Where I live the only ones available is L'instant,Shalimar,Shalimar light and Samsara.I bought Shalimar some years ago and really like itLast christmas I got the opportunity to try Mitsouko as well,since I got it in a mini collection for christmas.I'm quite curious about classics like L'heure bleue and Vol de nuit. I'm glad I came across this website,cause maybe now I can actually get the oportunity to try some other Guerlains too

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    Oh:O silly me!I've also tried Champs elycee...

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    Tigrushka, thanks for starting this informative and interesting thread.
    I had just been thinking to myself that I could marry the house of Caron, it seems that each fragrance I have sampled delights and engages me for different reason. (with the exception perhaps of French Can Can - too sweet, too simple) And then there was that disappointing encounter I had with Mitsouko...I still cannot approach her, though she sits on my dresser in her pretty bottle with the fancy cap.
    Your post is making me wonder if I should try L'heure blue or Shalimar , hmmm...
    Thanks.
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    What I am loving right now: Shalimar vintage extrait, Chanel Bois des Iles, Chanel no. 22, Le Labo Iris 39, Guerlain Iris Ganache

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    Default Re: Going back where it all started: the Classic Guerlains

    I am another Guerlain Devotee and like Tigs it is those created under the eye of St Jacques that own my heart.

    However, my complete surrender to all things Guerlain was precipitated by one of their modern beauties, the sadly discontinued , Aqua Allegoria Winter Delice.

    I had known and loved Samsara before and had sniffed Shalimar and found it too much but Winter Delice spoke to my heart. I usually only wear it in cold winter weather (especially around christmas time) and everytime I do it is as haunting, beautiful, complex and seductive as it was the first time I wore it. It is SO me. I am comfortable in my own skin and at peace with the world when I wear it. Another HG.

    I was so amazed at this simple complex elegant gourmand wood scent which was at once very modern and timeless, I knew I had to have more, discover more, scents created by those who had created this scent.

    That was a few years ago now and I haven't looked back! LOL! I now own quite a few Classic Guerlains (and some modern ones) in different / multiple strengths and I shall not allow myself to be without the following:

    Shalimar
    Vol de Nuit - I NEED the parfum in this! Love the PdT more every time I wear it but find it annoyingly fleeting.
    Chamade
    Champs-Elysees - chose me
    Samsara
    Coriolan
    Eau de Coq - wonderful delicate orange blossom eaux
    L'Heure Bleue (preferrably parfum)
    Vetiver - wonderful earthy leathery tobacco based scent
    Chant D'Aromes - Inspired by Carven Ma Griffe a perfect warm weather chypre

    I also own other Classics but find they are not so 'necessary' to me:
    Nahema - Amazingly vibrant, sophisticated roses
    Habit Rouge
    Heritage (Hubby nicked this from me)
    Eau de Cologne Imperiale - fresh but fleeting
    Apres L'Ondee - very beautiful but plays like a less complex, fair weather alternative to Caron's Nuit de Noel on my skin. I love it but truly love NdN more.
    Parure - plummy dove coloured velvet chypre

    You may have noticed that Mitsouko is not on either list though I own it. This is because I am still trying to come to terms with the wanton destruction that Guerlain has wreaked on this treasure - in the name of progress.

    I truly wished they had given me the choice to make my own decision by labelling perfume packaging rather then substituting blatantly inadequate alternatives under the same name. I don't know when the official change over was / is to occur but I have noticed that the last two bottles I purchased (1 EDT, 1 parfum) bore marked differences from my other previous bottles. I am hoping that the plasticity I detected is just because the oakmoss is 'fresh' and that the signature haunting mistiness that characterises Mitsouko will develop over a little time. But I am not hopeful.

    So I am resolved to stock up on vintage bottles at greater cost or to stop wearing this wonder which was one of the greatest gems in Guerlain's crown. I know there have been others scarred by this legislation: Vol de Nuit, Chant D'Aromes, but Mitsouko I believe it the one whose very nature will be transformed the most dramatically and negatively, by it.

    Others that would be worse off for the change, have sadly been (or are due to be) discontinued. One example of this is Parure.

    What price progress?
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    Tabu + Orange Blossom * Hermes Rouge + Bellodgia* Voleur du Roses+ Rose Ispahan * Rasa Extreme + Paris * Wood Coffee + Cafe Noir *

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    Thanks so much for this thread, dear Tigs..."Back to Basics" is always a good idea for me! I've been on a mad discovery journey here lately...

    Being a "frag hag" (thank you, Quarry) for some sixty years (gasp!) reading the names in these posts has been like (or better than) a high school reunion.:bounce:

    Had forgotten about lovely Chamade - and Jardin de Bagatelles - Habit Rouge et al. LIVE in L'Heure Bleu (except on work days because it gives the Boss Lady a headache) with the occasional walk down Champs Elysees.

    In my NYC days was a Caron fan - still sneak back there evry once in a while.

    Thanks to ALL of you for helping me understand why!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by moondeva
    I know there have been others scarred by this legislation: Vol de Nuit, Chant D'Aromes, but Mitsouko I believe it the one whose very nature will be transformed the most dramatically and negatively, by it.
    My two favorite classic Guerlains--which are also two of my favorite perfumes in the whole world--are Mitsouko and Vol de Nuit. The reformulations upset me tremendously.

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    Wonderful post! I have so much I could say about it, my biggest problem is to write english ...
    As you see, I AM a Guerlain-Lover, and will always be. I started with Shalimar when I was only 19, Mitsouko and L'Heure Bleue some later. I feel special when I'm wearing this beauties. I haven't been wearing Mitsouko for at least 15 years. Wten I tested my new bottle this summer, it was to tuff for me! What "tigrushka" says about it is really true. I think I have to give it a try again and again - maybe Mitsouko will accept me again.

    I have several of Guerlain now, but still there is a lot on my wish-list.
    My latest is Vol De Nuit and Parure. Almost like they where made for me, they went right to my heart. I have ordered small bottles of Nahema and Jicky, can't almost wait to try them. The next will be Liu and Après l'Ondée I think.
    Thank you again for a wonderful post tigrushka

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    Tigrushka, your post was pure poetry. Guerlain IS the fragrance house to buy from. I will try pretty much anything, but I keep going back to the classic Guerlains. I think it is because they are so different. Alot of the older fragrance house really mixed it up with their scents ie: Chanel and YSL - but alot of the new scents being released are the classics but 'eau legere' or 'Light' or 'Summer'. I say leave them alone

    I must say Samsara was my first Guerlain. I got it with a gift sample when I was a teenager and I new I was smelling something sacred. At that stage, in (the late 80's, early '90s) 'Red Door' and 'Vanderbilt' were my fragrances. But Samsara really spoke to me. Soon after, Shalimar was in my collection and I have only recently discovered Mitsouko. I must say the Parfum is the only way to go with the mysterious Mitsouko. She is a bit too dry for me in the EDT. Nahema is stunning, absolutely cream over roses. Really hard to get in Aus but still in negotiations with my credit card.

    (If anybody can point me in the right direction to buy some Parfum decants of Guerlain, I would be forever in your debt).

    Guerlain is class personified but as others have also noted - not snobby.
    I can see a Mitsouko lady horse riding with her children then at a $1000 a plate dinner party. A Samsara miss giving lectures at Uni all day then night clubbing in the mosh pit with her friends.

    There is no pre conceptions of what or who you are with Guerlain - just feminine and downright lucky to wear one of the blessed scents.
    Almost brings a tear to the eye :-)

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    I'm a Guerlain girl too -- though I've been branching out of late, this is the house I always seem to come back to. There'ye not trendy, so they don't get tired. Nahema was my first love (and still a favorite), Champs Elysees is one of the few florals I've ever really enjoyed wearing, and wearing Samsara is the olifactory equivalent of a favorite sweater -- all about warmth and comfort. I love Rose Barbare -- smells like sin, in the best possible way, but it calls for a more soigné lifestyle than mine.

    Shalimar is one of those fragrances I've known forever -- I'm glad to have a parfum mini for occassional wear, but, like Chanel No. 5, it comes with too much baggage to ever feel like mine. L'Instant is the only Guerlain so far that I really dislike (smells like Duncan Hines batter on me).

    I'm still getting to know Apres L'Ondee (nice and gentle, but does anyone else get Desitin Ointment in the top note?) and Misouko (where's the spice!? Is the bottle old, or is my nose broken?). Will have to catch up with Jicky, Vol de Nuit and Chamade some time soon!
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    Default Re: Going back where it all started: the Classic Guerlains

    Many thanks for your posts, everyone!
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