:bounce: Hello, goldie! I'm so excited to find someone who knows/appreciates With Love.
I've worn With Love and Stella Rose Absolute in tandem, so I know there is some kind of crossover there. I don't know the Arpege scent, but I'll have to put that on the reexpanding to-test list.
Boy, oh, boy. This is a head scratcher. They never list peony for With Love, but I've long thought it seemed like it could be in there. Do you think it could be the combined effect of the citrus and floral notes that's making for a sparkling opening?
I just looked up my October 2006 review for Gres Cabaret. It says: "Initially, during Cabaret's topnotes phase, I experience flashbacks to two frags from my wardrobe: Guerlain With Love and Stella Rose Absolute. It's the fresh peony/rose combination talking. But With Love sustains the freshness with quince and adds continuing interest with a hint of pepper feathering into powdery amber. Cabaret just flat-lines for me. Stella RA, on the other hand, expands on the peony/rose theme and dives to the darkest depths with its sweet amber."
Do you know the Cabaret fragrance? Here are its notes:
Rose, lily-of-the-valley, peony, and pink bay; incense and blue orris; sandalwood, amber, and musk
WE NEED UBUANDIBEME TO WEIGH IN ON THIS! Yooo-hooo, ubu!