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    Default Vetiver Pour Elle by Guerlain

    As a fan of Vetiver (the Eau de Cologne) by Guerlain, I have been anxiously awaiting the chance to sample Vetiver Pour Elle after reading Turin's glowing review in his book.

    I saw a bottle at the Guerlain boutique at The Breakers last year, but I was coated in a bunch of scents so I only smelled it on a tester strip and could hardly even smell anything (I was probably nose fatigued by then) - I was so fascinated at the time by the Philtre D'Amour....

    So, I finally dropped some cash & bought a sample of VPE from The Perfumed Court - something I rarely do, but ever so often my curiosity gets the best of me and/or I cannot source a sample from a Basenoter.

    VPE is incredibly good. It takes the same pre-reformulation style vetiver of Guerlain - the grassy, slightly salty, woody-oak-barrel-esque vetiver and removes the tobacco and instead drops little tiny floral notes all over it. After it dried on my skin about an hour or so, the floral vibe tends to be less 'flower prominent' and more something akin to a garden of flower bushes right before a thunderstorm blows in: dark, sweet and thick. The combination of the two is powerful and extremely well blended.

    Of course my first thought was this: To save money why can't I just find vintage Vetiver Eau de Cologne and then spray a crisp soliflore on top (maybe even one of the Guerlain Aqua Allegoria's) to get the same effect? I'm curious if any Basenoter has tried this and compared it to VPE.

    And to think, that according to some comments I've read online, the original Vetiver Pour Elle (in the original duty free bottle), was (according to them) even better than the juice in the new bee bottles, at Guerlain boutiques (and finer stores) now.

    Nonetheless, after just one wearing, I'm smitten. Love, love, love. I can see why Mr. Guerlain has a huge supply of this juice in his wardrobe.
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    Default Re: Vetiver Pour Elle by Guerlain

    Smells fine on my wife.

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    Default Re: Vetiver Pour Elle by Guerlain

    Could someone change the record above me, it seems to be broken.
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    Oh I cannot believe I walked by this every year for years at Charles de Gaulle when it was around $65 a bottle. I loved it but was usually on my way home loaded down with other purchases and my 2 girls just wanting to get home.

    It IS gorgeous! And I bet it is a great masculine as well.

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    Mike, I'm so glad to see your report on your first full wearing. I also bought a sample and only gave it a quick try. Liked but didn't love it at first sniff. When I get home from vacation, I'm going to try it again. Crossing fingers, because it sounds truly wonderful!

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    Oh why oh why can't I be made of money! As everyone probably knows by now, I absolutely adore VpE, and if I wasn't a poor student it would be mine!
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    So far the best Vetiver i have used. Then Wifey tested it, and what Wifey (loves) wants, Wifey KNOWS she will get. Lets just say its now in the OWNED section of my wardrobe now Silly me for not getting two bottles, but there was only one available.
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    My bottle is from duty-free launch, and is half-empty.
    I love it, but use it sooooo rare. Just for special occasions.
    I hate to think about the day when I will be forced to buy bee-bottle of it.
    Vetiver The Great!!!

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    There is one bottle on ebay at the moment , you may have to dig deep for it ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pour_Monsieur View Post
    There is one bottle on ebay at the moment , you may have to dig deep for it ...
    I know I just saw it last night. Weird coincidence.
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    Hehe I saw that on eBay, I see a Basenotes bidding war about to take place. I'd quite like to try this, does anyone have a sample they could swap with me?
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    Didnt the " les Parisiennes" range just go up in price too ? Id love to try it

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    I used to be on a huge Vetiver kick in the early stages of my fragrance obsession. I kind of outgrew that note soon after. My current wardrobe is completely devoid of any Vetiver prominent fragrance as it stands now, except for a decant of PG's Querelle if that counts.

    I might revisit the note soon.


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    Default Re: Vetiver Pour Elle by Guerlain

    Quote Originally Posted by Pour_Monsieur View Post
    Didnt the " les Parisiennes" range just go up in price too ? Id love to try it
    Not sure. I just called the Guerlain boutique and the price they quoted me is $220.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Not sure. I just called the Guerlain boutique and the price they quoted me is $220.
    It seems as though they have. The Les Parisiennes were $205. Also, the L'Art et la Matiere line are now $230. Wonder if it's the same for EU.

    And about VpE. Really love how they swapped the tobacco for florals. I'm also so envious of Mr. Guerlain's huge bee bottle.
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    Yeah, Guerlain is milking us for all we've got... Meanwhile the only reasonably priced frags they've put out are sh*t.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Not sure. I just called the Guerlain boutique and the price they quoted me is $220.
    That's the same price I got from Bergdorf's late last year. I wish I had known about it before the price increase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    That's the same price I got from Bergdorf's late last year. I wish I had known about it before the price increase.
    BG quoted me $190 about a month ago when I bought it, but they went ahead and charged me the $220 anyway just for the fun of it I guess. I wasn't too happy when I found out, but I love the fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlino View Post
    Yeah, Guerlain is milking us for all we've got... Meanwhile the only reasonably priced frags they've put out are sh*t.
    Now I see what people mean by niche houses affecting the strategy of other perfume houses.

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    Nice post, Mike.

    I sampled VpE a couple of days ago at the Guerlain shop in Bergdorf Goodman/NYC and loved it. Unfortunately, I was on a quest for Eau des Fleurs de Cedrat, so I passed on VpE. Perhaps next time...

    I definitely prefer VpE to the men's version, as I don't care for the tobacoo note in the latter. As you say, the florals in VpE just make it sing. Wonderful scent!
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    Well, it's 25 percent less expensive per ml than the current edition, so I guess no need to really cry... You get it beautifully presented as a bonus

    Quote Originally Posted by 3xasif View Post
    Oh I cannot believe I walked by this every year for years at Charles de Gaulle when it was around $65 a bottle. I loved it but was usually on my way home loaded down with other purchases and my 2 girls just wanting to get home.

    It IS gorgeous! And I bet it is a great masculine as well.

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    This sounds wonderful!
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Guerlain View Post
    Well, it's 25 percent less expensive per ml than the current edition, so I guess no need to really cry... You get it beautifully presented as a bonus
    How many ml's are the bee bottles? 200 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    How many ml's are the bee bottles? 200 ?
    I believe they are 125ml.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    How many ml's are the bee bottles? 200 ?
    Bergdorf Goodman told me the Vetiver pour Elle is 2.5 oz. and costs $200. Does that sound right?
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    Yes Les Parisiennes are 125 ml - it's a special sized bee for this line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petruccijc View Post
    Bergdorf Goodman told me the Vetiver pour Elle is 2.5 oz. and costs $200. Does that sound right?
    It sounds like BG has not raised their prices, since Guerlain did recently. But then you'll probably pay $25 in shipping charges, right?
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    I remember the SA at Guerlain telling me that some of the bee bottles are different prices...I remember distinctly that Attrape-Coeur was more expensive than the others.

    I covet Vetiver Pour Elle...it wasn't sold in the store when I bought Philtre d'Amour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    It sounds like BG has not raised their prices, since Guerlain did recently. But then you'll probably pay $25 in shipping charges, right?
    It sounds to me like BG doesn't quite know what they're selling as they told me it was 6.8 oz for $190, but then they charged me $220 for a 4.2 oz bottle. Shipping was an additional $12.75, I think.

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    The ebay bottle sold for $150... Must be that ppl consider the original duty-free version to be much better since the bee bottle, which is more than twice as large, can be had for only $70 more.
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