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    Default l'Heure bleue questions

    I know there are many l'Heure bleue lvoers and experts here--this one's for you!

    Long ago I tired HB and was convinced it was not for me. I'm not sure which concentration I tried; I know there can be a great difference in Guerlains of various concentrations.


    Then I came upon this bottle, which was nearly 1/2 full or empty, depending on your point of view, and decided that at 9.99 I should by it for reference.

    Lately I've been wearing it and really liking it.

    I am not good a picking out notes , but I feel as if l'heure bleue is friends and family of Bal ā Versailles, which makes it friends and family of l'Air de rien--two favorites. Side by side, Bal āVersailles' civet and general dirtiness become downright gritty (not in a bad way i might add), and l'Air de Rien seems almost sunny. Yet the three seem related ot me. If L'heure bleue is twilight, than BAV is 4:00 a.m. with the start of a hangover, and l'Air de rien is high noon.

    Is this a quirk of my perception? Anyone else smell the similarity?

    And does anyone know when this bottle was on the market? (or if it still is--I haben't' seen it). It is 30 ml EDT. I'm trying to figure out if it is old enough that the formulation is different now.

    Last edited by Nostalgie; 7th May 2009 at 03:44 PM.
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    I had that same bottlte and I believe it was from the 1960s. I am guessing this from the sticker that was on the box...it was somewhere around eight dollars. Maybe very early 1970s.

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    Thank you! It certainly looks as if it was designed around that time.
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    Nostalgie, I wear LHB a lot (mostly pdt), but I'm not familiar with that bottle or really any of the vintage stuff unless it falls in my lap. Sorry.

    I can recommend the parfum de toilette, if you ever come across that. It's more sandalwood-y than the current versions of LHB. I have a small vial of vintage LHB parfum from Perfume Court, but I don't know what bottle or year it is.

    BDV with 4:00 a.m. hangover and L'Air de Rien at high noon totally make sense. LHB pdt is 5:00 p.m. at the beach after the loud people have gone home.

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    Default Re: l'Heure bleue questions

    Firstly, I have many romantic, complex, relationship-of-fragrances associations that no one gets but me!

    That said, LB is one of my favorite scents of all time, and I find BaV and LdR impossible to appreciate. But I tried very hard to feel your association; sometimes odd and unexpected things can come together.
    Alas...no. I don't get that.

    And LB is a misty dawn for me, someone woeful and contemplative tapping Ravel out on a piano.
    BaV is decolletes and giddiness, everything unsubtle that I can think of. A bodice ripper. Tawdry.
    LdR dosen't even conjure images for me. I am still snagged on its compositional oddness..
    Last edited by Hillaire; 11th May 2009 at 01:53 AM. Reason: poor grammar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillaire View Post
    Firstly, I have many romantic, complex, relationship-of-fragrances associations that no one gets but me!

    That said, LB is one of my favorite scents of all time, and I find BaV and LdR impossible to appreciate. But I tried very hard to feel your association; sometimes odd and unexpected things can come together.
    Alas...no. I don't get that.

    And LB is a misty dawn for me, someone woeful and contemplative tapping Ravel out on a piano.
    BaV is decolletes and giddiness, everything unsubtle that I can think of. A bodice ripper. Tawdry.
    LdR dosen't even conjure images for me. I am still snagged on its compositional oddness..

    Hillaire, this is what everyone always says in general about LHB, but I don't find the LHB pdt as melancholy as other versions. It is earthier/woodier (better sandalwood) with tuberose and ylang more predominant; iris, less so.

    That'll work for BaV, though.

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    What a weird looking bottle - what is it trying to reference?
    It took me a few years to appreciate LHB, but it's become one of my absolute holy grails. I use the parfum extrait. LHB to me is like sitting in the dessert, thirsty and having only an orange rind to suck on.
    Bal is a, sweet + raunchy animal leather and LADR is a musty leather. Love them both, but they don't have much of a connection to LHB in my mind.
    Last edited by Kevin Guyer; 16th May 2009 at 11:15 PM.

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