Got a lot of great suggestions here..
Looking for the best heliotrope dominant fragrances. Hope you can help.
Got a lot of great suggestions here..
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Oh my favourite helitotrope perfume did not make that list! Paul & Joe Blanc, soft creamy floral loveliness. I love this one, and it always gets lots of compliments. Surprising sillage for such a soft perfume. The nose is JC Ellena and the notes are:
Top: hawthorn, angelica & almond
Heart: sweet pea, freesia, lily & rose;
Base: musk, heliotrope & milk.
But I totally agree that the oft-mentioned Guerlain Apres l'Ondee is the queen of heliotrope. Perfection.
Have you smelled L'Artisan Jour de Fête?
As in the link. The classic Guerlains Apres, Bleu are heavy with it especially the edp or parfum versions.
Etro Heliotrope or PTLiver Heliotrope Blanc are two I really like.
Caron Faranesena (sp).
Do try Jeffrey Dame's Lullaby (available from Irma Shorell).
It is quite beautiful. Similar to Apres l'Ondee.
I also love Heliotrope Blanc by Piver and the Etro Heliotrope.
Apres l'Ondee was so lovely it made me cry!!
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I have another one to add - Philosophy Pure Grace. It's enormously wearable and easily available, plus they have lots of bath and shower products that go along with it.
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I have a little time on my hands . . . and thought I would revisit the only two obvious examples of this note I actually own, Apres l'Ondee and L'Eau d'Hiver.
Apres L'Ondee, for me, is incomparably beautiful and a little melancholy; a gift from the Paris of a century ago, standing alongside some of Debussy's piano works from the same period, perhaps 'La Fille aux Cheveux de Lin' or more aptly 'Danse Sacree et Danse Profane' because while Apres L'Ondee has an almost aloof beauty, beyond mere mortals, it (she) is also incredibly alluring.
L'Eau d'Hiver is of our time and that makes it all the more fascinating because it seems to look at me with one raised eyebrow as if to say 'well?', in the full knowledge that however I respond will totally give me away. I find it reassuring that in the opening of a wired-up and altogether more pragmatic century, it seems to say there is still time, if one has the inclination, to stop and reflect on beauty and I thank Jean Claude Ellena and Frederic Malle for offering that suggestion . . . one I also sense in recent piano works from Craig Armstrong ('A Gentle Piece', 'In My Own Words' ) and Ryuichi Sakamoto ('Amore', 'A Flower Is Not A Flower' ) another two of our own 21st Century impressionists.
(Not for clubbing and longevity - well, let's not go there )
I must agree with mr. reasonable - Apres L'Ondee and L' Eau d'Hiver are to me the preeminent examples of heliotrope dominant fragrances.
What happened to L'Heure Bleue here? Isn't it a marvel of spiciness and cherry pie delicious heliotrope...? I'd call L'Heure Bleue the queen, and Après L'Ondée the princess
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So, yes, now I'll say L'Heure Bleue. Definitely.
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I was just marveling at L'HB, because I am wearing it tonight--lovely cherry and almond with resinous underpinnings. Somehow it reminds me of a "cherry" version of PdN Le Temps d'Une Fete. Or maybe I should compare the PdN to Guerlain, lol
PS Thanks 3xasif - I was not aware of Blanc, will keep an eye out. And I see Pierre Bourdon did Bleu. Interesting.
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On my skin, L'Heure Bleue is a complex, wild, multi-varied fragrance. I smell so many things: powder, spices, pastry like iris, Guerlinade, etc. The heliotrope is one facet along with all of these notes and to my nose it doesn't have as much prominence at all. I own vintage juice too (PdT)...so I know my juice is not reformulated. However, I must admit the Eau de Cologne version of L' Heure Bleue (which is my favorite) is a bit more cherry/almond-y...so perhaps that's the heliotrope coming the surface. Still, it's not the scent I think about applying when I have a craving for heliotrope.
In addition, I have recently had the opportunity to sample the Apres L' Ondee parfum/extrait. It's nice, but I didn't have the insanely positive reaction to it, that I expected I would. It's very hushed and wore very, very close to my skin (and I applied a LOT of it).
Every time I wear Apres L' Ondee Eau de Toilette (I wore some tonight) I think to myself: WHY can't Guerlain release an affordable, stronger version of this?! Because IMO, the only thing even close to this description is Quand Vient La Pluie. Which is just ridiculously expensive. Frustrating.
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