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    Quote Originally Posted by kanutta View Post
    I can hardly smell my Instant edp. now, it is not very powerfull, - so decided to apply Samsara again. Voluptuous is the right word Riannon.. I have a hard time finding the right adjectives in english, but volupté describes Samsara well.
    Beautiful photo again Eluard. Eluard...is it after the french poet?

    My favorite poem of him is L'amoureuse; and why not put it here; parfume and poetry belong together: it will be my tribute to Samsara

    L'amoureuse

    Elle est debout sur mes paupières
    Et ses cheveux sont dans les miens,
    Elle a la forme de mes mains,
    Elle a la couleur de mes yeux,
    Elle s'engloutit dan mon ombre
    Comme une pierre sur le ciel.

    Elle a toujours les yeux ouverts
    Et ne me laisse pas dormir.
    Ses rêves en pleine lumière
    Font s'évaporer les soleils,
    Me font rire, pleurer et rire,
    Parler sans avoir rien à dire

    (tr. by Samuel Beckett)

    She is standing on my lids
    And her hair is in my hair
    She has the colour of my eye
    She has the body of my hand
    In my shade she is engulfed
    As a stone against the sky

    She will never close her eyes
    And she does not let me sleep
    And her dreams in the bright day
    Make the suns evaporate
    And me laugh cry and laugh
    Speak when I have nothing to say

    Hi kanutta — yes, my screen name is after the French poet. I too like that poem L'amoureuse and the Becket translation is very good. The poem is for Gala, who then left him and married Dali. The problem with Eluard is that there are not a lot of good translations into English. (There are two recent books but in my view they are dreadful.)
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    WOW!!!!! Great story of Jicky and I love the photos.

    Today I knew I would wear Mitsouko. A mix of the edt as a base and then the parfum over pulse points.

    I have also worn Mitsouko since the 80's, I always loved that warm sulty yet freshness to it. It wasn't until I joined perfume boards I realized so many have difficulty with Mitsouko, thought oh poor perfume lovers missing one of the greatest fragrances ever. I have never found a fragrance with a peach note like Mitsouko, it is just sublime, perfect total genius. Any other fragrance bath product with the peach note is plastic weird and should taken away and buried.

    In the heaven of Perfumers Jacques is the major god those throne sits highest, you approach on your knees and chant Mitsouko.
    I've been wearing Derby all day, trying to think what it reminds me of. Yes, there is a lot of tobacco/incense in there, but it has something else as well. Finally it has struck me while reading Donna's post: it is like a male version of Mitsouko. There is no peach in it of course, but what is underneath Mitsouko seems to be underneath Derby as well. Call me crazy, but at 10 in the evening, that is what I am getting!
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    L'Instant de Guerlain pour Homme today. A lighter Oriental presence but one of very high quality. The Edp version is on my 'to obtain' list.

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    Oh Riannon, that is such a wonderful post!! :bounce: And BrothaG and Eluard and Coumarin and all you guys! What a great week this has turned out to be. So much generous sharing and - for a newie like me - so much information!!

    I climbed into Mitsouko EDP after a long (well, five or six months - she has been in my stable forever) - my favoritest of "strange" perfumes.

    Here's the scoop from the Guerlain site:

    "Mitsouko is an homage to the heroine of 'La Bataille', the novel by Claude Farrère. It is the story of an impossible passion: Mitsouko, a beautiful Japanese woman and the wife of Admiral Togo, is secretly loved by a British officer. In 1905, when war breaks out between Russia and Japan, Mitsouko awaits with dignity the outcome of the battle, nobly overcoming her feelings.

    The bottle is identical to that of L'Heure Bleue. It is said that the two bottles open and close the period between the beginning and the end of the war."


    For me and on me, this Guerlain is so well composed that - past the first strong whiff of bergamot (which is so exotic and which I just love) - the peach and roses, underscored with woods and vetiver, blossom together in a crescendo of voluptuousness. There is "glamour" and a sort of reassuring safe-ness and yes! "nobility" in this classic. For me, anyway. Medium sillage and great staying power. I am so happy to be reunited with my long time companion!!
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    i, too, am dipping my toe into the pool of mitsouko. mitsouko for me requires baby steps. like many basenoters, i heard all the talk about mitsouko, so i promptly ordered a huge bottle, sprayed it all over and - GACK!
    rule no. 1 - always test!
    rule no. 2- just because everyone's talking about it, doesn't mean it's for you.
    rule no. 3 - well-composed, cerebral frags are not to be sprayed with abandon, without thinking...this isn't stella.

    i returned my huge bottle and started again. i got a 2ml sample of the parfum, in a tiny guerlain box. the tiny little bottle is placed in the box like a precious jewel. i start with a tiny dab on one wrist. in honor of guerlain week, i am going to experience this, not wear it.

    my random thoughts: at first - harsh, spicy, powdery, musty. old books. no peach. then oakmoss - the smell of the potted plant at work. something floral - rose? still no peach. something almost salty? now mellowing into and mingling with skin, warm oakmoss, with saltiness, wafting off skin. where is the peach?

    this skin-scent, the warmth, the earthiness, is so beautiful. it makes me sad, actually. people say l'heure bleu makes them sad, but this is making me sad. it smells like - nostalgia, longing. i have always loved history, have always felt a longing to experience the things i read about, and mitsouko is inspiring the same kind of longing. this scent is hitting the same emotional nerve that gets hit when i travel - the world is so big, there is SO MUCH to experience, so little time, and all we can do is experience as much as possible. this is reminding me of standing in the middle of a street in pompeii, weeping...the city was destroyed, and yet here we are, so close to these people, but so incredibly far.

    whoa. that was unexpected, the very powerful nostalgia feelings. sorry for the long post, but i decided to go on a bit of a journey this morning - a spirit journey. thank you basenotes, thank you mitsouko, thank you guerlain.
    Seeking: woods patchouli fresh tuberose


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    Vintage Mitsouko has taught me a big lesson.
    It is about perfume, but more importantly, it is about life--about attitude, change, and control.
    I have ranted loud and long about perfume reformulation, but I am done.
    No more hand-wringing. No more losing sleep over the Internet. No more bottle hoarding.
    I am stepping down from the pulpit, even as my favorite old-school Chypres are undergoing changes.
    There is no use lamenting events that cannot be halted.
    It is best to embrace the fragrances that we have, to find in them new love, or to move on.
    Surely, there is some component of the new formulation that is pleasing, or some note that can be pursued further into unknown territory, maybe revealing new treasure to be discovered.
    Weep not when the things that we know are gone, but seek forever the Holy Grail, the mystery, the unlocked secret that is fragrance.
    Who knows? If we open our minds and hearts, there may be great enjoyment ahead--something breathtaking in an entirely different way.
    Our old friends, changed but still admired, will join our new acquaintances, who have other virtues to offer.
    C'est la vie.

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    Dipping into my supply of vintage Parure today! For me Parure has a benign animalic quality...sort of a light Mitsouko and Jolie Madame mix. I should wear it more often
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    My Chypre day consists of 2 Guerlain gems, one is my old love, Mitsouko and the other is a new love Chant d’Arômes.

    I will review my Chant d’Arômes since it is a newly acquired love. Chant d’Arômes was not an absolute blind buy as I have tested it on paper at the Guerlain counter in the department store in HK before I bought it online. On paper, it smells powdery, clean and it is a very pretty floral scent. Today, I un-corked my new EDT bottle and sprayed liberally (8 spritzes at least) before walking out the door. It has a pristine pretty feminine feel to it. Here is the notes from osMoz:
    Top notes : Mirabelle, Gardenia, Aldehydes
    Middle notes : Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Cloves, Ylang-Ylang
    Base notes : Siam Benzoin, Oliban, Vetiver, Heliotrope
    I walked into the office and my young colleague (she is only 22 y.o) could not stop praising the scent and asked me to get her a bottle. It has a nice sillage and it is perfect for the humid sticky climate in HK. The scent disappears in 4 hours but it has a perfectly rounded mossy dry down which I completely fell head over heels for.

    Mitsouko is definately an older mature sister of Chant d’Arômes. It appeared to be a lot more complex and more womanly. I got my first bottle of Mitsouko when I was 20, I thought it was pretty amazing stuff at that time when most of my college friends were wearing New West and Lou Lou. I must agree with everyone that the new formulation is not as mossy and intense as it used to be. I found it a little leathery today (as Zibeline has described, it does has some reminiscence to Jolie Madame) but I like them both nevertheless.

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    Wish I could be in a room with all of you today. My, my, my. And the way Zibeline describes her vapors of Parure--well, honey, send me Mapquest instructions, and I'll be right over!

    Draining the better part of a sample of Attrape-Coeur, which I remember someone describing as a creamy Mitsouko, and that description is what spoke to me. I'm a little overpowered by Mitsouko, so A-C suits me fine.

    Top: Rose, jasmine, tuberose
    Heart: Peach
    Base: Amber, musk

    I can really appreciate this as a true Guerlain and a true work of art. However, like many beautiful works of art, it just doesn't speak to me on the "gotta own it" level.
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    So many lovely inspired posts, poetry and prose that reads like poetry. Thank you for the sheer pleasure, Guerlain and gang!

    My SotD is lilybp's fault. I can't thank her enough for introducing me to it and many other originals/rares/vintages/hard to finds. Omnia preclara rara, and if it is sleepless nights- and disturbed days-beautiful, it is LOVE.

    House In a blind test I would say it is an unknown Rosine, or Jean Couturier (Bonjour Coriandre!), or Paloma (How are you doing?), or Courreges, or some eccentric, new and very, very limited distribution company.
    -- Wrong! It is Guerlain. Jean-Paul.

    Timeframe Late 70-s, early 80-s, or 2006-2007, see the reasons above.
    -- Incorrect again! Launched for St.Valentine's Day in 2000, and later re-released for the new Guerlain flagship store's opening in 2005.

    Price Would cave in and pay about about 50 dollars for a 30 ml bottle (or, perhaps, about 80 dollars for 50 ml). It is expensive but very much worth it.
    -- No way! One can find it on eBay and through collectors only, and prices are three, five, seven times more than that. Exorbitant prices or not, I encourage every perfume (and especially chypre!) lover to seek for a sample/decant of it.

    Notes Bergamot with minty undertones. Civet. Rose, jasmine, geranium, orange blossom. Patchouli. Animalic green note. Coriander? Roses are surreal, lush and big, light pink. Orris, violet root, peony, carnation. More civet, sweet lemon-y greens, cedar. O-a-k-m-o-s-s, whisper of amber.
    -- Technically, close. Right here in the Directory the notes shown are:
    Top: Lemon, bergamot, verbena;
    Heart: Jasmine, petigrain, neroli, myrtle;
    Base: patchouli.

    Reviews Not many of them. Good reviews in the fragrant blogs, only two of them in the Directory. What is it? Guerlain's best-kept secret? Also, a lot of reviewers keep stressing its lemon aspect, which I do NOT find that pronounced in the sample of this Original scent, like, say in Hermes Eau des Merveilles or AA Lemon Fresca. It is a divine, full-bodied floral chypre with slightly dirty, musky, animalic base. Very aromatic and creating a tremolo -- hard to explain, but in music it means touching the same key many times, one after another, to create an impression of a sustained and never-ending note. Purplebird7, I hear it is calling your name, loud and clear.

    Enjoying one and only Guerlain's love potion of Philtre D'Amour today.
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    The pictures on here are beautiful and I keep forgetting to comment on what a gorgeous table that is Eluard. Well, I'm wearing Mitsouko EDP and I didn't even know it existed until I started on this site and then I didn't like it for the longest time. I got my first bottle a few weeks ago and am glad I did which just goes to show you, you can't always say never. This is very spicy to me without having an overdose of cinannom. I love spice, but cannot even eat cinnamon for some odd reason.

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    Mitsouko Edt for me, too. It's not the perfume, unfortunately, and not the same, but I find it comforting to be back in my early twenties!!!! Shoot, I used to wear it before I was old enough to legally consume alcohol.

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    Since I'm traveling in Seattle, I've forgotten my preordained schedule! So today is supposed to be chypre day? If so, I indulged a day too early, for yesterday I wore Coriolan. Today I am wearing Aqua Allegoria Mentafolia. This is a wonderful, fresh, green minty scent! Note to self: I need to wear this more often, especially in the summer. Mentafolia is a soft, though fresh and green mint. This is not peppermint, which is my favorite of the mints, but that's ok. Mentafolia has the added advantage of lasting about the longest of the AAs; easily 6 hours on my skin. Have a great day everyone!

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    Everybody's posts are a joy to read, even though I don't always share the love for the particular scent. Riannon, a wonderful post as always, and I just WANT to see a pic of your whole Guerlain collection at the end of the week
    I enjoyed the original Guet Apens, created by Mathilde Laurent in 1999, a great deal today. I know I am repeating myself, but it opens up with a note which is slightly sour to my nose: according to ComDiva, it must be the guerlainade-Guerlain’s signature accord (I can see the Riannon's eyes widen in horror at this statement ). But luckily for me, it gracefully segues into a small bouquet of tiny blooms, followed by a majestic iris and by light amber that lend it a delicately powdery note. The base enrobes you in a glorious gown of vanilla and milky sandalwood. Sigh. This scent is so beautiful it is slowly but definitely finding its place in this Guerlain-diffident girl’s heart.

    I just sprayed on a tiny amount of Philtre d’Amour for the evening (scent twin to Twolf :wave: enjoy your new love). I received it as a gift from a would-be Valentine when it was released, bought myself a second bottle and have not worn it in a long time. It is a most enjoyable triumph of citrus fruit notes resting on a bed of soft green oakmoss and yes, it is slightly animalic. But my tastes have changed so much that I would not buy it again.
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    I started the day with Mitsouko, of which I have recently acquired a small parfum mini. I was going to add a spritz of the edt, but was so charmed by the parfum that I wore it alone. Some days I love Mitsouko, other days I am not so enamoured with it, so I have always sort of understood both reactions to it. Today it was OK, but not great.

    I changed to Philtre d'Amour after work, which is a scent that takes me back to my teens when I used to wear Eau Sauvage and Eau de Rochas. It has a certain something in common with those two - certainly some notes, but more a feeling. However, today, my skin was being awkward, and it more or less vanished after a couple of hours. I had an evening class, so I added a spray of Chant d'Aromes extrait before I went out. Now I am not Moondeva, and rarely actively combine scents, but this is a combination that I will have to explore again more thoroughly; it was very nice! The extrait, although lovely, does have a heavy dose of the vanilla/tonka Guerlinade thing, and the remnants of the Philtre d'Amour really lifted it. I was finally able to relax on a day that, for me, was not a day where I really was in the mood for chypres.

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    I'm out of kilter with the schedule again and today wore Mahora to brighten up another cold rainy day here. It is a lovely big creamy floral and I don't get the fruity notes some people mention. Applied cautiously it does not overpower and I enjoyed it today & will probably put some on to go to bed soon too.

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    About 10 hours after applying a half vial of Attrape-Coeur I'm still smelling vanilla. The frag never developed much sillage at any point, but that vanilla has been hanging tough all afternoon. If I put my nose right to my skin, I could imagine some of the floral for a while. The base is very sweet, not what I think of as the Guerlain sort of vanilla, more like McCormick's cooking vanilla.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_in_Black View Post
    Everybody's posts are a joy to read, even though I don't always share the love for the particular scent.... I enjoyed the original Guet Apens, created by Mathilde Laurent in 1999, a great deal today. I know I am repeating myself, but it opens up with a note which is slightly sour to my nose: according to ComDiva, it must be the guerlainade-Guerlain’s signature accord (I can see the Riannon's eyes widen in horror at this statement ).
    **Picking up my poor sister-bear Riannon's wide-with-horror eyes from the floor and gently placing them back in her head** Yes, dear LiB, I fear the Guerlainade does not agree with all of us, although courtesy of this feasting week (and a stubborn insistence that I keep trying Guerlains because so many of you whose opinions I value deeply love them), I have found that in fact there ARE some Guerlains I can wear and love. I've also found that even some of the Guerlains that I feared were completely inaccessible become kind to me eventually, if I am patient.

    Hurrah!

    (Yes, I know I am probably going to hell for putting cheerleaders and "Guerlain" in the same post. But I'm American. )

    I do have trouble with jasmine and tuberose in any sort of high concentration in my fragrances -- and have found that most of the "classic" Guerlains have that sour, crushed and brown white-flower petals note on me, at least at first. It has been consistent enough among the ones I've tried (and I have been told it is almost certainly due to the Guerlainade, or perhaps the Guerlainade-plus-SOMETHING that might be consistent among certain of the fragrances -- Shalimar, Mitsouku, L'Heure Bleu, Jicky, and to a lesser extent the florals Apres L'Ondee and Les Meteorites) -- My personal theory has been that I just have a peasant's skin chemistry (see the cheerleaders).

    That being said, I have found that the newer Guerlains (especially Bois d'Armenie, which has completely enraptured me) don't have that problematic start. Even Samsara, (giving that a proper wearing and review later this week!), which is ROLLING in jasmine, nearly fell all over me in big, sloppy kisses it was so nice when I tested it.

    What's up with that?

    Oh. Right. Today's Guerlain. Sorry.

    Today was Rose Barbare for me, another one of the new Guerlains. From the "L'Art et la Matiere" line, where different perfumers create a scent based around a "raw material." Notes: Ottoman rose, honey-chypre notes.

    Now, I love rose notes in fragrances, but rose-dominated scents generally don't float my boat. Rose Barbare, however, is really lovely -- and despite not having that sour start, it still smells like a "true" Guerlain to me. The roses in Rose Barbare are lush bushes of wild roses, probably growing in rocky soil or even sand. And somehow the dark green/woody, elegant chypre base seems natural, even though I can't say how that could work on sand. Rose Barbare stays very close to the skin, and lasts for several hours but not longer.

    Very nice, though I don't think I need to own it. Yet.
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    Well I think I'm a bit messed up too. Oh well. I am wearing Nahema today which I really love. It has that fabulous rose and peach note. It is long lasting and it makes me feel svelte (the second meaning below).

    Dictionary:
    1. slender, esp. gracefully slender in figure; lithe.
    2. suave; blandly urbane.

    Top note :Bergamot, Mandarin, Rose
    Middle note :Rose, Peach, Cyclamen, Lily
    Base note :Vanilla, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Benzoin

    The vanilla and benzoin are very, very light in Nahema. So it comes off to me as more of a floral.

    I have loved Nahema for years and am on my third bottle. Before online ordering was available I had to look for it at airports in Europe and bought the first two bottles in Warsaw, Poland. It is interesting to think that Nahema was at first a flop when it came out in 1979. Today it is seen by many as a modern fragrance that was well ahead of its time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComDiva View Post
    ...The roses in Rose Barbare are lush bushes of wild roses, probably growing in rocky soil or even sand. And somehow the dark green/woody, elegant chypre base seems natural, even though I can't say how that could work on sand. Rose Barbare stays very close to the skin, and lasts for several hours but not longer.

    Very nice, though I don't think I need to own it. Yet.
    Great description of Rose Barbare, my Tuesday chypre. Watch out for the "yet." I started out feeling that is was nice but not essential, then I got a decant, and it's been growing on me a little more every time I wear it. On cool days I find the rose predominates, but when it's warmer and more humid the chypre quality really comes to the fore.

    Chandler Burr wrote an interesting bit on Rose Barbare's genesis as a reworking of Mitsouko, which I never would have guessed from smelling the two. Apparently it has the same C-14 molecule as Mitsouko, plus the oakmoss, labadnum and patchouli, with rose substituted for Mitsouko's jasmine.

    http://www.chandlerburr.com/newsite/...meprevious.php

    With that in mind, I'm transitioning from chypre to hesperidic Wednesday with Mitsouko parfum. I've never been able to warm up to Mitsouko edt, so I thought I should try the extrait in honor of Guerlain week. I'd hoped the parfum wouldn't be smothered by the yeasty hay note as the edt was, but it comes and goes. Enough hints of that tantalizingly spicy peachskin note waft up to keep me interested. I'll start fresh tomorrow and wear nothing but Mitsouko all day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplebird7 View Post
    Vintage Mitsouko has taught me a big lesson.... There is no use lamenting events that cannot be halted.
    It is best to embrace the fragrances that we have, to find in them new love, or to move on. Surely, there is some component of the new formulation that is pleasing, or some note that can be pursued further into unknown territory, maybe revealing new treasure to be discovered.
    What a great thought, and a great attitude to bring to perfume loving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krysia View Post
    Well I think I'm a bit messed up too. Oh well. I am wearing Nahema today which I really love. It has that fabulous rose and peach note. It is long lasting and it makes me feel svelte ...
    Another Nahema lover! Well, you can't be too messed up if you're wearing Nahema I'm saving mine for the end of the week.
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    I heard from Ms. Rousseau at Guerlain, so I thought I'd pass this along:

    "As I have not all the information to answer your question, I have forwarded your message to our Public and Press Department in France which will contact you directly as soon as possible if they are interested."
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    We are cool, aren't we? Ms.Rousseau is just doing her job, I hear that!

    Being a total frag twin with Nutmeg -- finishing my day in Chant d'Aromes, wearing it to bed, thanks to Tinker for a sample and a piece of information on where to get it cheap! (Meantime, Tinker's other package arrived, but I am so loyal to Guerlain and will NOT wear/try anything from it. Well, I just sniffed, out of the vials. Does it count?) Anyway, Chant d'Aromes kept me puzzled at first application, and then.... Bam! Tulips, that's what it is, stems and leaves and all, waxy creaminess and yellow powder on your nose after dunking it inside the flowers. So many of them, some are still very green and some are turning the rainbows of petals inside out, ready to shed them off. Yellow, pink and red, and one of them is even white with maroon and purple streaks. And then a sun-kissed basket full of tulip bulbs, cool and vibrant.

    Wicozani, totally agree with you about AA Mentafolia, one of my favorites for the dog days of summer, which is here 5 months long.
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    Well, it's Wednesday and for Hesp. Day I'm wearing the oft-maligned Cherry Blossom, the original, not one of the spinoffs. I found it hidden in a dark corner of a little European perfumery and bought it unsniffed. At first, I didn't care for it, couldn't smell it, and packed it up to send to my very charming 3-year-old niece, as I figured she couldn't annoy her mother with it since it smelled of nothing and came in a really pretty box. But then, during last summer's heat wave, I decided to give it another go. Lo and behold, I could smell it! It was lovely fresh lemon, gardenias, and tea! This was just perfect for a smotheringly hot day and I've worn it on such days ever since. It's extremely light and refreshing, but it does last a while and really clears ones head on a muggy afternoon. Now I have to find another one for my niece....

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    I did fancy the Cherry Blossom Fruity but not sure they sell it in the UK (not at any of the shops I've been to, anyway, and that includes Harvey Nicks and Selfridges). I do like fruities! But today I'm in AA Grosellina, which is a lovely, fresh, fruity fragrance (ooh alliteration!) - redcurrant if people were wondering. I've sprayed a bit on my clothes also so it'll last me the working day.

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    Wednesday: Hesperidic/Fruit

    Once upon a time there was a sweet little virus looking for a warm and friendly home. And where could he be greeted more gently than by a woman veiled in lovely Guerlain scents. Yes, this little virus was a connaisseur. So, he made himself comfortable and the sound of sneezing began. Music to his ears

    Oh, I am wearing Guerlain, don't you worry. Probably half a bottle of Pamplelune in a desperate attempt to smell something, even a faint whiff would have been nice. When you do something, you better do it well, so spraying half a bottle is not completely ridiculous. Such a pity that DH has a different opinion and left the house, half choking.
    Hah, let's wait till my little virus is looking for another friendly hotel. I just happen to know the perfect host

    Sjeez, I really have a fever I think. This is becoming a remarkable post. Or it is the whisky. Pamplelune and Caol Isla. Vintage Caol Isla I think. Could not read the label quite well.
    So, a cloud of vintage whisky and not very vintage Guerlain. Rather dubious sort of layering.

    ::hiccup:: ::hiccup::......'scuse me.....

    Ah yes: Pamplelune.
    ::stay awake woman::

    It was one of the first five scents launched in the Aqua Allegoria series. Of those five only Herba Fresca and Pamplelune are still going strong.

    Pamplelune was created in 1999 by Mathilde Laurent. The same Mathilde who was responsible for Guet-Apens and the 2003 version of Shalimar Light. (Yes, the Shalimar Light that was 'redone' by Jean-Paul Guerlain in 2006. According to Luca Turin he changed almost nothing. I think I would have strangled Jean-Paul if I were Mathilde )

    Pamplelune is really one of my most loved scents, certainly for that 'rainy Monday feeling'. It never ceases to amaze me that this fragrance is capable to give me an instant boost of energy and happiness.

    Happiness bottled? Somehow I think this should be the scent for Taolady. That bouncing trademark of hers is exactly the feeling Pamplelune evokes :bounce:

    And then the notes taken from our Directory:

    Top notes: Acidulous Grapefruit
    Middle notes: Flowers from Provence (eh, what kind of flowers?) and ....Grapefruit (not acidulous this time)
    Base notes: Delicious Grapefruit (nah, really??) , Patchouli and Vanilla.

    This, dear BN members, is what I would call a 'Grapefruit' scent. Effervescent, moodlifting and never too sharp on me. Probably because of that tiny hint of soothing vanilla.
    Oh, I must smell wonderful today. Such a pity I can't enjoy the beauty myself

    And I think I am now going to sleep again. More than enough information for one day.
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    I laughed out LOUD at your story, R!! Too funny. I'm really sorry to hear about your cold/fever though, that's SO not fair during Guerlain week!
    Get well very very soon, dear! The Pamplelune should work as a drug.

    Today I'm going with Jicky parfum. There's simply no way I can surpass Riannon's lovely review of this scent, so I'll keep it short. I happen to like this a lot more in the perfume form than the EDT. Jicky has always been troublesome for me, there's a certain note that kind of puts me off. Might be the civet. The parfum, however, somehow seems a little richer and less 'sharp'. This should be a great companion on another sunny day!
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    Today, Wednesday, I have been wearing L’Instant pour Homme EDP and very much enjoying it. I would feel decidedly silly wearing A*Men — I feel I’m too old to really get away with frippery of that order — but L’Instant is a very wearable gourmand. There is the unmistakable quality of Guerlain underneath the gourmand notes and the whole effect is modern but civilized. Moreover the EDP has lasted very well all day — lasted in a way I expect a scent to wear — so that I feel no complulsion to step down to the EDT.

    Trying to keep to the Guerlain-only rule of the week, this evening I washed hair in Coriolan shampoo and donned the EDT. I must say that even though I like the scent itself, for me it is nowhere near strong enough. This one desperately needed an EDP version. Coriolan has very little projection and lasts only very close to the skin. This is a great pity: Coriolan could have been a success for Guerlain if only they’d given it a boost. As it is you can get it absurdly cheaply ($17.00U.S.) but you will go through a bottle in no time at all!

    Tomorrow is the day I’ve been looking forward to, for tomorrow is Jicky day, all day. It is the scent of a bacchanal, the scent of true desire requited and returned. LOVE that civet! Ah, Jicky…
    --------------------------------------
    Quote Originally Posted by Riannon
    Once upon a time there was a sweet little virus looking for a warm and friendly home. And where could he be greeted more gently than by a woman veiled in lovely Guerlain scents. Yes, this little virus was a connaisseur. So, he made himself comfortable and the sound of sneezing began. Music to his ears
    Yes, one of that little virus's friends has been attacking me for the last two days, but I am trying to hold out against him. Guerlain week must not be further assailed, say I!

    Also: I'm very sorry folks, I didn't realise that I had the responsibility to post early on each day. Tomorrow I will post early on my Jick experience!
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    An absolute epiphany for me last night, which I can't tell whether is due to some episodic change in my chemistry (I too have the dreaded virus, but hope I'm not *really* sick), or perhaps maybe one of you made an offering to the perfume gods on my behalf (I'm imagining a sheet of Bois d'Armenie incense paper, some ground almonds and a jasmine flower in a beautiful crystal dish set aflame [very carefully!] on Eluard's most gorgeous table):

    Last night before going to bed, I spritzed one spray of Mitsouku EDT on the back of my arm. Waited for the sourness. *It wasn't there.* I was, and am, stunned.

    Instead, what I got was everything you Mitsouko lovers have been describing: The fresh-then-dry peach. The silk. The dry spices. Images of kimonos, old porcelain and honor.

    I went to bed immensely grateful, and thinking that even if it never happens again, the fact that I have smelled Mitsouku on myself the way I have loved it on others is a WONDEFUL gift. I am wearing Mitsouku as my SoTD, something I thought I would never be able to do. It is smelling gorgeous again.

    ::sighs of pleasure::
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    Quote Originally Posted by ComDiva View Post
    (I too have the dreaded virus, but hope I'm not *really* sick), Last night before going to bed, I spritzed one spray of Mitsouku EDT on the back of my arm. Waited for the sourness. *It wasn't there.* I was, and am, stunned.

    Instead, what I got was everything you Mitsouko lovers have been describing: The fresh-then-dry peach. The silk. The dry spices. Images of kimonos, old porcelain and honor.

    I went to bed immensely grateful, and thinking that even if it never happens again, the fact that I have smelled Mitsouku on myself the way I have loved it on others is a WONDEFUL gift. I am wearing Mitsouku as my SoTD, something I thought I would never be able to do. It is smelling gorgeous again.

    ::sighs of pleasure::
    Ah, so happy for you! When a scent finally sings for you after a long time, that is indeed a wonderful experience. Let's pray it will last forever.

    How curious: you, Eluard and I, all struggling with a virus. Others at well? Lawsuit against Guerlain? Compensation to be paid in Bee Bottles (largest size)
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    Jicky Edt for the day. Just so nice to wrap up in. Jicky reminds me of wearing a soft cashmere sweater on a cool day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComDiva View Post
    An absolute epiphany for me last night, which I can't tell whether is due to some episodic change in my chemistry (I too have the dreaded virus, but hope I'm not *really* sick), or perhaps maybe one of you made an offering to the perfume gods on my behalf (I'm imagining a sheet of Bois d'Armenie incense paper, some ground almonds and a jasmine flower in a beautiful crystal dish set aflame [very carefully!] on Eluard's most gorgeous table):

    Last night before going to bed, I spritzed one spray of Mitsouku EDT on the back of my arm. Waited for the sourness. *It wasn't there.* I was, and am, stunned.

    Instead, what I got was everything you Mitsouko lovers have been describing: The fresh-then-dry peach. The silk. The dry spices. Images of kimonos, old porcelain and honor.

    I went to bed immensely grateful, and thinking that even if it never happens again, the fact that I have smelled Mitsouku on myself the way I have loved it on others is a WONDEFUL gift. I am wearing Mitsouku as my SoTD, something I thought I would never be able to do. It is smelling gorgeous again.

    ::sighs of pleasure::
    Wonderful post! That is what Guerlain week is all about! It strikes me that Mitsouko is one of the most temperametal and skin-sensitive fragrances in existence. I have tried it, the EDP, (once) and I got strong cinammon and aldehydes. No peach, no wood. Yes, it had a very oriental character, but it was also a rather "cool" fragrance. On others it can obviously be entirely different, and different from one season to the next.

    And yes ComDiva — I did indeed light a small incense candle on the table for all of those participating in Guerlain week. I asked that everyone's senses be opened up to Blakean proportions: 'To see infinity in a grain of sand and eternity in an hour'.

    Let me know if this votive offering continues to do its work!
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    Guarded hugs and unguarded sympathy for our sickies Riannon and Eluard and tears of joy for ComDiva for whom the earth has moved!!! :bounce: Very yin/yang - a bit of grief, a bit of happiness!! (BTW dear Dutch Dragon - thanks to you I have tried the Grapefruit and it is indeed on my Summer Wish List! )

    For Hesperidic Wednesday I am into Purple Fantasy (thank you Moondeva! :wave which is just so Guerlain. Which means to me that it is classy and fully orchestrated from the get-go. Although the headnotes are listed as bergamot and greentea, with the center of orange and apricot and osmanthus based on sandalwood and cedar - the whole arrives at once on me. Exotic, yet fresh - mellowing and softening with every moment.

    May have to sell the farm!
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