Thread: Guerlain - Quand Vient la Pluie
280 Euros would be OK for 57.5 ml extrait, but not EdP. I love nearly all the Guerlain presentations, but this one is just irritating and a barrier for experiencing the scent.
So, I finally decided to go ahead and wear my sample of the parfum/extrait of this - I am wearing it as I type this:
WOW! This could have easily been released as a flanker for Apres L' Ondee and noone would have blinked - it's that similar. It has the same beautiful heliotrope / floral vibe going on, but it smells colder (if that makes sense) and sheerer.
The sweetness is gratifying, not treacly, and it reminds me of a sip of iced chamomile tea (aromatic, refreshing) with the sweet pastry accord humming nicely in the background. I find the drydown more floral than I expected it to - is that iris I smell?
This is so easy to wear - entirely unisex. I daresay it has a melancholic, barbershop vibe to it (if there was such a thing) - possibly due to the helitrope that lingers in the drydown and smells like almond shaving cream or something mimosa scented.
If Guerlains intentions were to introduce a more modern Apres L'Ondee to the market, they succeeded. Now they just need to make it more affordable. Fat chance, eh?
Last edited by mikeperez23; 25th September 2009 at 09:29 PM.
If they got rid of the utterly pretentious container, did an EdP, put it in a bee bottle, then the world could have another exquisite Parisienne available for $220. But someone at Guerlain believes in Stueben-style CEO glass trophies!
Last edited by Kevin Guyer; 25th September 2009 at 11:18 PM.
Wow...looks like some great stuff. I noticed this at TPC and will now most certainly be ordering a decant. I like the 'functional sculpture' concept as well.
I did some research after reading this threasd and it seems that this scent - with the sculpture/presentation bottle was more intended as a LE 'prestige piece' not a normal part of the lineup. Iwasnt paying much attention to this the last time I was at a boutique but I may roll down to Bergdorfs just to see the sculpture/bottle. Who else is really doing/has done this? I think it's immensely creative.
As Mr. G wrote, it is a shame that Guerlain is saving their best work for only those who can pay top dollar, but welcome to the world of LVMH, right?
PQJ was discontinued almost 6 months ago... only remaining stock is available. I bought a bottle when I heard... now I'm stressed I should buy a backup.
I bought the EDP version of QVLP and it came in the giant hunk of glass holder shown. I'm bummed that it does not have the Swarovski crystal spiderweb decoration on the bubble! No, they cheaped out on my bottle. So now not only is it a worthless display, it's not even pretty. The bubble bottle is just a plain bubble on the EDP, I guess. The one shown must be the perfume? It was $2800 when the price was quoted to me. The one I got was bad enough at around $330. It is so crazy. The perfume in the bubble bottle is designed to sit in the holder UPSIDE-DOWN?! I don't get it. I will never use that thing. It is so heavy it crushed the interior molded storage plastic in its box. I just keep the juice in its auxiliary refill bottle.
A agree, Kumquat. I love the packaging in principle, but the more it becomes part of reality - even just approaching it in the store - the more it seems like an obnoxious clear brick. And while it certainly reminds me of a beautiful drop of water on a leaf, I cannot escape associations with those disturbing leaf galls.
According to one of the 'other' fragrance websites, the parfum that has the crystal decoration on the sprayer comes only in 490ml (!) size, less then 200 were produced, and it lists for 1800EUR (as of 2007, maybe more now?). I was wondering why the parfum would be so much more but 490ml is a LOT of parfum. Looks like TPC has the parfum, not the EdP. Anyone try both and can answer whether the parfum and EdP are very similar or somewhat different, as Guerlains can be?
I have tried both. The parfum is nice but not THAT nice. ($2500 worth!) it's just a little stronger, IMO. But it (The EDP) is already basically a stronger (although more gourmand) version of Apres L'Ondee which is needed since there is no longer a parfum in that one.
Last edited by kumquat; 26th September 2009 at 05:13 PM.
Mike, when I first tried QVLP I also immediately thought "Après L'Ondée!", but soon I realized that the heliotrope is really the only clear link - stuff like rosemary, cinnamon, musk and amber make it much more gourmand and modern and much less powdery, while patchouli gives a "dramatic" woody aspect à la Bois d'Armenie, and contrary to you, I find it to be warmer than Après L'Ondée, but also more uncanny. But it clearly has the famous melancholy style. I get quite a bit of jasmine from it, maybe that's the floral aspect you refer to?
I've learned that the EdP should be similar except that it doesn't contain amber.
Last edited by Mr. G; 27th September 2009 at 11:52 AM.
I am wearing this again today - wow what I fantastic gourmand this is. More and more I realize what a treasure this scent is, and I think its ridiculous that Guerlain has not released this in a bee bottle, seeing as Wasser & Delacourte are still around. I do enjoy Mon Precieux Nectar but in my opinion Quand Vient la Pluie is much more satisfying and useful.
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