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    I completely forgot that there was a structure to this and decided on AA Lemon Fresca at random. About as far from oriental as you can get but it has lasted surprisingly well today and I have really enjoyed the fresh lemonade scent and slightly figgy/woody drydown. I've been indoors and it might not have worked so well if I had been out in the cold but I don't usually wear it in winter.

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    Vol de Nuit arrived in today's mail, so I just took a hot shower in preparation for my first wearing. Wow -- it's not very strong, but so far it's lovely. I need to spritz and sniff some more.

    Notes via OsMoz:
    Top note : Orange, Lemon, Mandarin, Orange Blossom
    Middle note : Galbanum, Daffodil, Palmarosa, Jasmine
    Base note : Vanilla, Oakmoss, Iris, Sandalwood

  3. #63

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    Today I wanted to borrow L'Instant de Guerlain l'Homme from my S.O. since he refuses to wear it, but forgot. Vol de Nuit... I've worn it often lately, wanted a change. Samsara... thought about the Ritual Creme but I'm not sure if I'm in the right mood for Samsara. L'Heure Bleue and Jardin de Bagatelle are wanted, but I don't even have samples of them.

    AA Winter Delice it is then, and I sprayed on bravely since I'm around the house. And I like it! Dabbed or (over) cautiously sprayed I get a metallic note I'm not sure of. After 4 spritzes today, while I can tell that same note is still present, it becomes part of the spice.

    And to think I was so close to gifting or selling my bottle!

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    Shalimar Shalimar Shalimar...... Oh, how I love this... The plan had been to wear Shalimar until the late afternoon, and then change into Vol de Nuit. But this is Shalimar, and far too gorgeous to do anything other than spritz on some more, and then a bit more!

    I started with the EDP because I wanted sillage, and then topped up with the parfum. I am now virtually saturated in it - in fact I know for a fact that I have far too much on, a 'mistake' I tend to make with this one. But it is SO addictive; I just have to remember to have my Shalimar showers when the family are away and I am by myself, and keep to a discreet squirt at other times.

    This is my ultimate comfort fragrance; the one I can wear at any time, even when I am ill. The one that makes me wonder why I ever bother to try anything else; the one that makes me feel I have returned. That said, it is not a fragrance that feels like me, in fact it really doesn't feel like me. But it is so lovely I just don't care! I also don't care that DH and sons don't really rate this fragrance; they are polite because they can see the warning glint in my eye, but they have never managed to say they like it. This might be related to the degree of saturation I achieve however...!

    I am interested to read Goddess_Dreams experiment of layering Shalimar with Tabac Blond, because Tabac Blond (love it as well!) smells like Shalimar without the vanilla and some of the topnotes to me.

    But all this mention of Metalys (NEED sample!) which sounds divine! I need to know, from someone who has both, does it smell anything like Terracotta Voile de Ete?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliamphora
    I completely forgot that there was a structure to this and decided on AA Lemon Fresca at random. About as far from oriental as you can get but it has lasted surprisingly well today and I have really enjoyed the fresh lemonade scent and slightly figgy/woody drydown. I've been indoors and it might not have worked so well if I had been out in the cold but I don't usually wear it in winter.
    Oriental Lemonade!! (With your mention of "figgy" you make me want to try it! (One of the side benefits of these week-long samplings!!)

    And remember - there's only ONE RULE - wear only Guerlain. And you can do that on any schedule YOU want! Glad you're in the game!!
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    My week-long journey has started beautifully with Habit Rouge EDP! I applied just two sprays of it to my chest and back/shoulders, beneath my clothes, and it has been my steady, occasionally flirty companion all day. It is happy to have been chosen over its more frisky and naughty EDT and EDC sibllings. EDP is softer, fuller, and more round than either the EDC or EDT, with less of an animalic presence initially. It has a soft citrus/orange blossom opening with vanilla and amber already present, and off the bat is sweeter than either EDT or EDC. However, EDP soldiers on and loses some of its sweetness while picking up some animalic presence courtesy of agarwood. The effect is beautiful and sublime. I think that this would be out-of-this-world on a woman! But, it's mine today!

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    Hi again-- I am officially *loving* my decant of Vol de Nuit edt.

    First impressions: I get the bug-spray thing for a minute or two, until the alcohol/citrus blend calms down, then it smells warm and spicy and a bit tart, fruit and spices, like I thought Mitsouko was going to smell until I was waylaid by the hay note. If it wasn't Guerlain week, would do a side-by-side with En Avion as they seem like sister scents.

    A couple of hours later, the drydown is vanillic but more complex than just that -- where L'Heure Bleue and even Shalimar gradually decay into a sweet if scrumptious vanilla, Vol de Nuit seems to retain more of an edge -- it's dryer, richer and slightly tarter to my nose. The drydown reminds me of a more subtle version of a current favorite -- Maitre Perfumier et Gantier Or des Indes (built of bergamot, lavender and opopanax). I swear I'm getting a hint of Tabac Blond in there somewhere as well.

    OK, Vol de Nuit has officially gone on the Must Buy Full Bottle list after one wearing. My only reservation is scent strength --where can I find this in EDP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kasae
    Today I wanted to borrow L'Instant de Guerlain l'Homme from my S.O. since he refuses to wear it, but forgot.
    Please do wear L'Instant de Guerlain l'Homme this week and report back -- I've been curious. The patchouli/amber combo sounds intriguing, and totally wearable by a woman.
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    Mitsouko Parfum


    Sentir bon....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_in_Black
    Therefore, in unison at least with elf, rtamara and kanutta, I am wearing Samsara today, in its EdT incarnation.
    i am scent quintuplets with this gang and LIB!

    i love samsara. the first time i opened my guerlain sampler, i sniffed this and i said "OH MY LORD I LOVE THIS." i promptly got a huge bottle, but this is one i prefer to dab rather than spray. this one throws off a ton of sillage, but if you only put on a tiny bit it is a warm, close-to-the-skin delight. i often get a hint of almond, even though it's not present in the notes. i guess it's the sandalwood.

    a nice way to start off guerlain week - and this week, for once, don't have to worry about what to wear! it's like laying out your clothes for the whole week!
    Seeking: woods patchouli fresh tuberose


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    I've had a bit of a dark time this past week, and so I'm behind in getting prepared for Guerlain Week. I had a hard time deciding on a scent today, and ended up wearing some vintage Shalimar parfum. And while certainly very lovely, it wasn't perfect for me today. So tonight, I'm wearing L'Heure Bleu ... ahhhh perfection at last.

    L'Heure Bleue is not a scent that I wear often, and very rarely wear it outside my house. It is just too personal, too soulful to share with the outside world. I love the imagery attached to LHB, the idea of the "blue hour," that magical hour when the "sky has lost its sun but hasn't found its stars yet." Many of you know that I am drawn to blue things and blue images, for this reason LHB speaks to me ... it even smells "blue" to me, although more a deep blue-gray, not a cheerful bright hue. I feel pensive and nostalgic and even a touch melancholy when I wear LHB. But while it's not a perky, fun scent, it's far from depressive either ... I wear it to be introspective, I wear it to be comforted, I wear it to feel safe.
    I've trademarked the color bleu

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    Well, today I had to decide what Guerlain scent goes with a three year old’s birthday party at a model railway set up in the country. There would be train rides on locomotives six feet long and two feet high, and there would be quite a few three year olds, eating fairy bread, and crisps, and running about screaming like banshees in the heat. The answer came to me in a trice: Vetiver, the older formulation, not the current one.

    I could fully expect a three year old girl to say “Gee Thomas’s-Daddy, you have about you the saturnine inflections of an older more complex time, something of the Buccaneer, or Adventurer; or perhaps something that speaks of ennui and addiction in the malarial recesses of the human spirit.” Didn’t happen of course, but I could tell they were thinking it.

    A rich concoction is the older Vetiver — refined, subtle, and with typical Guerlain notes that render it unmistakable. Distinctly different to the current formulation, which I like less.
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    As the semi-official orphan wrangler, you're killing me -- can't wait to find out which one! What day will you wear it?
    "semi-official orphan wrangler" ROFL
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaeld39
    Eluard - very beautiful box - jealous? moi? I'm going with Heritage too, but from a boring plain old bottle in a cardboard box.

    [The postie has just called with my bottle of Lalique Lion, so I am feeling more cheery on the beautiful packaging front ].

    Can't wait to wear Apres L'Ondee (from a decant from Silvia from the London lunch) tomorrow.

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    Edit - BTW Eluard that inlaid marble table is rather gorgeous too.
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    Thanks Michael, the table was bought in India, in Agra, from a workshop not far from the Taj Mahal (they had in fact built a perfect replica of same about eight feet high, in marble and with lapis from Afghanistan). But if you knew the trouble I had getting it into the country you would know that it was paid for in blood!

    Last night I went for the H้ritage EDP and found it quite different from the EDT that I'd been wearing all day. And oddly, it didn't seem as strong.
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    Today I wore Samsara, which is one of my favorite Guerlains. I always get compliments when I wear it and people always ask what I am wearing but few people are familiar with it. Today I went shopping with my Sister-In-Law and she bought Isolence. I have always thought it was hideous but it smells fabulous on her....you just never can tell until you put something on.

  13. #73

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    This is going to be a very busy fragrance day.

    Let's start with Guerlinade.




    Basenotes info:
    "Released as a limited edition in 1998, and again in 2005 for the renovated flagship Guerlain store on the Champs-Elysees. Reorchestrated by Jean Paul Guerlain"


    Notes: Bergamot, Rose, Jasmine, Lilac, Iris, Vanilla and Tonka Beans.

    And then you can start a dispute. The scent that is the signature for all Guerlain fragrances is most of the time called the 'Guerlainade'. Logical word.
    This perfume is called 'Guerlinade'. The difference an 'A' makes.
    A lot of people assume that this is the juice that makes the Guerlain perfumes tick, but I doubt it. Only my opinion, of course, but it does not make sense for a firm to guard the secret of their succes and then bring the exact formula out in the open. Of course there has to be a strong relationship I suppose, but not more than that.

    And what does Guerlinade for me? It is nice. That dreaded word: 'nice'. Bought because it was limited, which is not the best reason.
    I like it but I miss the Guerlain 'passion' in this fragrance. It is pleasing but not more than that. Sometimes it feels like it have been watered down
    Must be my bodychemistry as usual, because this was bought in the Guerlain shop.
    But it is only part of my scents for today because it is not widely available. I almost pity poor Guerlinade.



    Later on the day cause for celebrating: the opening of a bottle of the limited edition of Chamade pour Homme. And I am finally opening it because a French member was so kind to post that this scent will be re-issued at the Guerlain boutique in Paris.

    Chamade pour Femme has been one of my most loved scents for years now.
    Smooth, sensual, seductive. And the extrait is one of the most gorgeous fragrances ever made. Usually I layer the EdT with the extrait. The best of both worlds.
    Jasmine is the note that sings loudest on my skin and the delicate drydown of the extrait is something you will never forget.
    Indeed, the extrait is the best you can wear. So close, whispering of love and dreams.

    A sweet member gave his permission to quote his thoughts on Chamade here, because I think his words are more beautiful and poetic than those on the Guerlain site:

    "For those who don't know french, 'chamade' was the drum beat played in mediaeval times to signal the need for a parley between opposing armies. In reality, it was often a prelude to surrender as often it was the weaker army which sought the parley. So the (rather sexist) connotation is that in the battle of sexes between men and women, the heartbeat of a woman (or man) in love picks up a certain tempo to indicate a willingness to surrender.
    Next time you kiss your partner, check their heartbeat! you yourself can just dab on a bit of Chamade
    ..."

    (Thank you so much, dear Aztec )

    "Chamade is also a homage to the novel by Françoise Sagan.
    The bottle, in the form of a heart turned upside down, reinforces this sublime evocation of the agitation of love, while the stopper suggests an arrow aimed at the heart." (Quote Guerlain site)

    The two bottles of the limited edition Pour Homme/Pour Femme each represent the half of a heart. They can stand on their own but joined together they form one complete heart, strong and beating together in the same cadence.

    Notes for Chamade pour Femme, taken from Guerlain's site
    head notes : hyacinth, galbanum
    heart notes : ylang-ylang, jasmine, blackcurrant bud
    base notes : vanilla, sandalwood"


    You will have to wait for the notes of the Chamade pour Homme.

    And out there, three poor bewildered Guerlain children are crying their heart out: "but you promised!!".
    Oh, Lavande Velours, Gentiana and Plus que Jamais, when nobody wants you today, I will wear you tonight.
    Maybe there will be a angry mob outside shouting for some restriction on fragrances, but you will all go to the Guerlain ball.
    Let's wait and see what happens today.

    If this is not a day of "Gorging on Glorious Guerlain........." :bounce:
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadesofbleu

    ... it even smells "blue" to me, although more a deep blue-gray, not a cheerful bright hue. I feel pensive and nostalgic and even a touch melancholy when I wear LHB. But while it's not a perky, fun scent, it's far from depressive either ... I wear it to be introspective, I wear it to be comforted, I wear it to feel safe.

    Beautifully stated, ms bleu... this one is my very favourite guerlain and I love it for the same reasons.

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    For today, floral day, I've chosen the discontinued AA Foliflora. The notes are only available on the Guerlain site if you take their quiz and come up with "Freshen Up"! Took a while to get, but here they are:

    Top: Neroli, Bergamot
    Heart: Apricot, Freesia, Gardenia, Sweet Pea
    Base: Angelica, Amber, Vanilla, Sandalwood

    Now I wore this on our first warm day here in Ctrl Europe and lo-and-behold, I attracted bees!! Thanks goodness I'm not allergic, but it is a very natural fragrance, I don't think everything in here is synthetic, and the bees don't think so, either! It's light, green, and fresh, doesn't last long but considering its effect on the insect population, maybe that's a good thing! I really like it, though, because I don't care for heavier florals in general.
    Currently wearing: Touaregh by Il Profumo

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbe
    Below is the eBay site that has a pic of the vintage Guerlain Habit Rouge (1967) poster identical to the one I own. I am unable to scan/copy to my computer so if someone would be so kind as to do so the link with the picture is right here:

    you must add the www.

    to the beginning though, as it would be a hot-link if I did it and won't appear here as such:

    cgi.ebay.com/1967-Habit-Rouge-by-Guerlain-Vintage-photo-Ad_W0QQitemZ180085893771QQcategoryZ21139QQrdZ1QQss PageNameZWD1VQQcmdZViewItem
    Thank you!! Is this your poster? Otherwise I will remove it.

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    Sunday is here, time for Floral Flirtation. Going to bed in Rue de la Paix (1922) named after the street where Guerlain opened his first flagship store at Number 15 back in 1840.

    My thoughts about it? While I was trying to write something worth reading, I bumped into the short story, which is perfect for describing Rue de la Paix as a fragrance worn by the main lady character in http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/Unknown.html

    Mystery, sweetness, haunting memoir. Decants are still available through buffalo_gals!
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    Floral day has arrived.

    Since to be honest it is a lazy sunday for me, not even going out anywhere so only the cats and myself to appreciate decided against Apres L'Ondee and even L'Heure Bleu. It will be Lavande Velours the must despised by many and quickly discontinued.

    I fell in love with Lavande Velours on first sniff that powdery violet blast with the lavender trying to keep it all in check. I even once received a compliment whilst wearing it!!!!
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    To celebrate floral day, I'll be wearing Apres L'Ondee. I sampled it the other day, and on me, my sister tells me that she smells geraniums. Well, she's a certified wine sommelier, and her nose is much better than mine, so she may be onto something.

    But then again, fragrances are not the same as grape juice.

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    Thank God, we're back online! I'm glad the downtime didn't take all too long. Now, back to business!

    Yesterday I wore Metallica. The opening of this fragrance is quite overwhelming, but slowly dries down into a powdery blend of ylang-ylang & vanilla. For some reason, a certain note reminded me a lot of a bath oil or bathing in general. Very pleasant!

    And for today, I couldn't help but differ from the amber & vanilla topic, since the sun hasn't been shining quite so bright in ages! Therefore, I pulled out the lovely Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune. This is a true burst of fruity freshness, a distinct note of grapefruit balanced by some flowers. The main theme is definitely citrussy on me though. Ah, the pleasure of wearing this on a sunny day!
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    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!! Right in the middle of the Guerlain week!

    :: Expletives deleted ::

    I appreciate the efforts of basenotes admin to be up to date and keep out the spammers but surely this could have been handled better!

    Monday

    Today was Habit Rouge day. I donned my riding habit and riding boots and went out to the stables where ol’ Equus was waiting. Today we take the hedgerows!

    I thought people might like to see the box and bottle of a really ancient bee-bottle of Habit Rouge. This one has a glass stopper and a paper label with a picture on it (children emptying out a perfume jar??). I don’t know when it dates from but possibly the sixties or early seventies. (There is a matching bottle of Vetiver eau de cologne.) As you can perhaps see: this bottle is really huge: 450ml!)

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    Yesterday I wore Champs Elys้es edt. for the first time; a sparkling, bubbling green floral with an impressive tenacity and sillage for an edt.
    Mimosa reminds me of The Cote d'Azur in february; a little town called St.Raphael where I for the first time saw Mimosa trees in real life.

    Today I'm in L'Instant....for me a very innocent and peacefull scent; the smell of an infant after its evening bath.

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    Yesterday would have been Apres l'Ondee or Lavande Velours, but I couldn't remember what the theme for Sunday was. Instead, Samsara worked out well.

    I applied the Creme Rituelle to forearms, knees and elbows. Meant to dab on a bit of parfum but got distracted. When I got home it was still nice but not very strong, so... I spritzed some SL Santal Blanc on my wrists. Amazing together! Before bed I decided to retry Samsara Shine after having seen the notes somewhere and being surprised that I hadn't liked it. I added it to the remaining scent of Santal Blanc and Samsara Creme. In fact, I do like it. So out of the swap basket and into my collection of bottles it goes.

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    Yesterday AM went to church, so floral Guerlain was Champs Elysees, my old standby. Wanted to change to Nahema (thanks, generous BN'er) for the evening but various and sundry things got in the way. Right now I have to go scrub my extra bathroom cause my brother in law's coming to town for business. After that, it'll be what's left of my sample of samsara for the vanilla/amber day. No sense wasting it on Chlorox Clean up.

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    yesterday i wore champs elysses (i meant to wear l'heure bleu for floral and ce for fruity but i got the days wrong). i didn't particularly like it - it had some kind of....bubblegumminess that i wasn't too crazy about.

    today i'm wearing shalimar edp today {angels sing aaaah} whoever said to wait 30 minutes and then it's heaven was spot on. lovely smooth vanilla. the classic oriental.
    Seeking: woods patchouli fresh tuberose


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    So absolutely not amused!!!

    But faithful till the end, this Monday I am wearing Samsara and Insolence.

    Yesterday when 'the lights went out on Basenotes' I started to decant Metallica in a rather, let's say...forceful way, and a good part of the fluid was spilled over the chairs.

    I want to start a new thread "Choking on Guerlain"

    I do love Metallica but not the whole darn day through. And it is clashing with the Samsara and Insolence as well.

    SAMSARA, an Oriental-Woody, created in 1989 (hundred years after the launch of Jicky) by Jean-Paul Guerlain.
    Bottle by Robert Granai.

    Notes for Samsara: Mixing Guerlain site and OzMoz
    Top notes : Citrus notes, Green note, Tarragon
    Middle notes : Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Rose, Carnation
    Base notes : Tonka Bean, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Iris, Benzoin

    INSOLENCE, floral-fruity; created in 2006 by Maurice Roucel. Added bonus is the beautiful bottle designed by Serge Mansau

    Notes for Insolence from Guerlain's site
    "The olfactory pyramid has been "deconstructed" to reveal three facets of INSOLENT femininity that suit everyone's taste and mood... sparkling violets, glints of red berries and rays of iris"
    Phew, they have a way with words

    And OzMoz: ah, decent description, so it seems it can be done after all.

    Top notes: Violet, Raspberry pulp, Mixed Berrie
    Middle notes: Violet, Rose, Orange blossom
    Base notes: Iris, Tonka Bean, Resins


    Please excuse me, but I think I will change now into yesterday's Lavande Velours. Somehow I have the feeling I need that more then the voluptuous Samsara. And after that I will follow BrothaG's excellent idea: Pamplelune.
    Total anarchy!!

    But we will finish this week!! And in style!!



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    It was worth the wait! Look at Eluard's beautiful pic And TWolf's great story. (Thanks, guys!!) Like, WOW.

    ('Course I didn't feel that way yesterday. Donned FOUR Guerlains in grumpy rebellion. Champs Elysees, Nahema, AA Gentiana [thanks to Shycat for those two!!!] and Chamade - which I almost forgot about 'til Riannon reminded me. My whole house smelled like a flower garden!!)

    But on to today. From her last precious bottle the same Riannon gifted me with Guet Apens and I am hopelessly enslaved. From the opening roses and peach one is "trapped - snared - ambushed" by....iris!! The whole settling into a sandlewood/musk/vanilla of unbelievable warmth and sensuality. A fur-coat-and-brocade-wearing, old-fashioned "quality" frag newly re-issued as Attrape-Coeur. Does anyone know if it lives up to GA??

    Am headed for the dentist shortly, protected by this heavenly scent! :bounce:
    "The world is ruled by letting things take their course. It cannot be ruled by interfering." Lao Tze

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    Default Re: Grand Guerlain Gallivant Week — seven days of gorging on Glorious Guerlain

    I woke up Sunday morning with traces of Champs Elys้es-Too Much on my arms, and all too quickly remembered why I stopped wearing Champs Elys้es all those years ago. I used to wear Champs Elys้es and LOVED it – the Floral – Woody - Musk scent. There wasn’t a time I wore, that I did not receive a compliment – this was THE fragrance that always made me feel fantastic! However, when I ran out, I somehow ended up with a HUGE bottle of Champs Elys้es-Too Much as a replacement to my dear Champs Elys้es. Little did I know back then that they were completely different fragrances, no, I thought that my chemistry had changed, because that surely did not smell anything like my first bottle did. Only later and I mean much later did I learn that this Too Much formula was a Floral - Aldehyde as opposed to my beloved the Floral – Woody - Musk scent. There is a very funny note that rears it’s nasty little ugly head when I wear fragrances commonly labeled as Aldehydes… so perhaps I’m not an Aldehyde girl, but at least I am now still able to enjoy my Champs Elys้es that’s always smelled so delicious on me.

    Notes for Champs Elys้es-Too Much :
    Top notes: Bergamot, Lilac
    Middle notes: Mimosa, Heliotrope, Hyacinthus
    Base notes: Narcissus, Amber


    Notes for Champs Elys้es:
    Top notes: Peach, Melon, Violet, Anise
    Middle notes: Mimosa, Rose, Peony, Lily of the valley
    Base notes: Vanilla, Benzoin, Cedar, Sandal
    "Of the five senses, the sense of smell is incontestably the one that best conveys a sense of immortality."

    Salvador Dali

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    Default Re: Grand Guerlain Gallivant Week — seven days of gorging on Glorious Guerlain

    Quote Originally Posted by Eluard View Post
    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!! Right in the middle of the Guerlain week!

    :: Expletives deleted ::

    I appreciate the efforts of basenotes admin to be up to date and keep out the spammers but surely this could have been handled better!

    Monday

    Today was Habit Rouge day. I donned my riding habit and riding boots and went out to the stables where ol’ Equus was waiting. Today we take the hedgerows!

    I thought people might like to see the box and bottle of a really ancient bee-bottle of Habit Rouge. This one has a glass stopper and a paper label with a picture on it (children emptying out a perfume jar??). I don’t know when it dates from but possibly the sixties or early seventies. (There is a matching bottle of Vetiver eau de cologne.) As you can perhaps see: this bottle is really huge: 450ml!)

    Habit rouge day for me too, I have really been enjoying it. Must wear this more often.Yesterday was vintage vetiver day. I really didn't enjoy it. The tobacco really just doesn't work for me and it is so persistent. I can only wear this two weeks per year happily, when I take my sons camping and am living outdoors. It is perfect then.

    Been drifting off to sleep in heavenly citrus groves. Last night it was Du Coq. Looking forward to Imperiale tonight....
    "Don’t try to be original. Be simple. Be good technically, and if there is something in you, it will come out. ” - Henri Matisse.

    "Wear R de Capucci" - Hirch Duckfinder

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  30. #90

    Default Re: Grand Guerlain Gallivant Week — seven days of gorging on Glorious Guerlain

    Thanks to :bounce: Taolady :bounce: :wave: I poured on vintage Chamade yesterday, then found out Basenotes was down.

    Notes: Hyacinth, Galbanum
    Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Blackcurrent Bud
    Vanilla, Sandalwood

    This is a very well put together floral. I wear so much wood that I couldn't smell the wood so much. This classic is heady and lasted all day. It doesn't say it has carnation, but it smelled like it had something a little spicy.

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