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    I was at Neimans today, and at the Guerlain counter, where I was shown three new scents in the Elixirs Charnels (Carnal Elixirs) series:

    Chypre Fatal:
    white peach, rose, patchouli and vanilla;

    Oriental Brūlant
    : clementine, almond, tonka bean and vanilla; and

    Gourmand Coquin:
    black pepper, rose, rum and chocolate.

    I am sure the lists of notes are incomplete, just the highlights. The one I liked best was the Chypre Fatal, but I thought the other two were good as well. Guerlain is marketing these toward women, but IMO they arre nothing impossible for men to wear.
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    So which was your favorite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaimeB View Post
    ... The one I liked best was the Chypre Fatal, but I thought the other two were good as well. Guerlain is marketing these toward women, but IMO they are nothing impossible for men to wear.
    There it is.
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    I like the sound of all of them, but especially Gourmand Coquin. I can't wait to try them!
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    Can't wait to try these... I'm most looking forward to Oriental Brūlant, but they all sound interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kopah View Post
    Can't wait to try these... I'm most looking forward to Oriental Brūlant, but they all sound interesting.
    I meant to say that the Oriental Brūlant struck me as the most masculine of the three.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaimeB View Post
    There it is.


    The one I liked best was the Chypre Fatal, but I thought the other two were good as well. Guerlain is marketing these toward women, but IMO they arre nothing impossible for men to wear.
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    Simple question--are these worth the money? I have read the reviews and some say they are not.

    I know I am not impressed with the bottles at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    Simple question--are these worth the money? I have read the reviews and some say they are not.

    I know I am not impressed with the bottles at all.
    I think some are - I got the Gourmand Coquin at the shop in Epcot and really enjoy it. The (almost wife) and I both wear it and love it. I recall liking a few of the others, but it's hard to sample there because you can only spray there (I had to really coerce the SA to make a sample of another scent when I bought the crazy priced GC) so it's either spray paper and not get the full effect, or spray your skin and have to walk the 1/2 mile back to the car in Florida humidity (obviously affecting the scent), so I've had a hard time really trying the others.

    I may order perfumedcourt samples of the others at some point to really pay them mind.
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    I noticed that they have a fourth fragrance in the line, named Bosé Torride, which is based around cedar and patchouli. Has anyone tried it?

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    It's difficult to get much info on these as the original marketing copy was such purple/pink prose that the blog reviewers all had a good laugh and didn't say much about the actual scents.

    I sniffed them on paper here and they strike me as of a quality that I can see why they are priced more or less the same as the Arts de Matieres but I really only concentrated on Oriental Brulant because I had the impression from somewhere (?) that it might be similar to Coromandel and wanted to check it out. It isn't (overtly) but was interesting enough and I'll try to have another look now this thread has surfaced. I do remember the Gourmand was nice, but just a quick initial impression in passing, and can't remember the Chypre - too much information in one sitting.

    I think these left of field offerings from Guerlain (like the Voages Olfactifs threesome) don't get much attention because of availablity. Will revisit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by supperman View Post
    I noticed that they have a fourth fragrance in the line, named Bosé Torride, which is based around cedar and patchouli. Has anyone tried it?
    Have tried it last week, if i remember correctly the opening of the newest one was sweet like cotton-candy, share a similar vibe to Iris Ganache.
    Although it is something that out of my 'comfort-zone', but it was quite lovely actually.

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    I own Gourmand Coquin and Boise Torride. I wouldn't mind having the other two. As a matter of fact, a good perfume friend just sent me a sample of Chypre Fatale, I wasn't sure what it was, because the label was hard to read, but I loved it, then I foud out what it was. Very lovely and it was not too peachy (I have read some people comment about the peach overload). Gourmand Coquin is chocolatey, I tried it once when I went for breakfast to a new place and I thought the delicious smell was the chocolate and pastries served for breakfast, but after we left the restaurant I realized it was me!!!!
    I bought Boise Torride blind, a perfume friend (I affectionately call her my delaer!!!!) sold me a tester for $100 and I could not pass it up. It starts orangy and has a marshmellow accord but then the patchouli and I think cedar (maybe other woods) come in. I think it is vey unisex. I loved Oriental Brulant the first time I tried it, but I overapplied and almost knocked out all my co-workers.
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    Just reading the notes and all the fine commentary you guys are making on these, I'm not interested in them at all. Certainly the second and third look too gourmand-y for me. The first looks like the one I'd like most (same one JaimeB likes best, too clearly), but that still appears to hit with a sweet base with that vanilla, coming off some peach.

    Yikes, these don't look at all like my thing.
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    Default Re: Guerlain Elixirs Charnels

    Of the three I like Chypre Fatal best.

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    Thank you for the feedback.

    I am holding out for other Guerlains and these seem too gourmand-y. For those prices, I can just use Dolce & Gabbana The One for women for a blast of peach and vanilla.
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    Yes, they are all very sweet, although I did not find Chypre Fatale that sweet.
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