Warning: Long winded backstory:
Friday I had an interesting experience at the South Coast Plaza's Nordstrom's Guerlain counter for a "fragrance consultation". I had made the appointment (back in April) when I just happened to stop in and was told an expert from the Paris flagship store was making her annual tour of the Guerlain counters in the US and would be at this store on June 11,12. How could I pass that up? So, I schlepped down there, which takes several hours, and met with this tres chic woman. After personal pleasantries & my declaration of love and loyalty to Maison G, she felt my bare arm, pronounced that I had "a lot of musk in my skin" and that she would choose the very best Guerlains for me. She sprayed me with: Philtre D'Amour, Cologne Du Parfumeur, Oriental Brulant, and Vetiver Pour Elle. I've never had the change to sniff Vetiver pour Elle before, but have had regular Vetiver since 1991. I have sampled all the others previously. (hmmn, the newest release in the line is perfect for me, eh?)
Of course, I opted out of the recession and purchased TWO bottles- the V pour elle, and Philtre D'Amour. All in all, an expensive but happy day for this Guerlainista. Truly, the Vetiver Elle is magnificent- It was of no tantamount importance to me whether there is any truth or science behind the actual "skin analysis" part of the consultation.
Almost forgot, the rep really surprised me by stating that she also recommends layering the scents I purchased. For myself, I'll have to warm up to the idea of treating a complex Guerlain like a Jo Malone type scent. Actiasluna is the adventurious layer-er around here. But what the heck, life is short.