Thread: L'Abeille de Guerlain
There is one on display at the Perfume Diaries. It's truly stunning!
Saw it today at the Perfume Diaries in Harrods, it really is beautiful. I took a picture on my iPhone,sorry about the quality:
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Sounds wonderful. I'm a bright shade of green, with envy.
Wearing it from the second time i was able to detect the mimosa accord that Mr Guerlain pointed. One of my friend showed me a mimosa flower that she keept on he diary, and i was able then to see that the mimosa has a soft, velvet white flower aroma, with some honeyed nuances, something between honey and pollen. And this is the way that L'Abeille opens on skin. It's a soft honey aroma, of a flower that has fully blooming. It's the contrast of the inocent aroma of the flower against the sensual aspect of it's honey. The two sides coexist from the beginning until the end of the composition. I now noticed that there's a iris accord supporting the flower upfront, and the iris here give a subtle green-earthy aroma that contributes to the delicate spring theme. The mimosa progressively fades to a jasmine accord without any indole aroma, which is a jasmine with some green sides. The orange blossom is subtle on me, only a hit of the sharp citric and carnal aroma of this flower. L'Aibelle ends on me with a creamy musk with a slightly bitter-green aroma of petit grain. Delicate, but not sheer, sensual, but innocence, it perfectly matches Guerlain heritage. I do wish that it's launched more commercialy one day.
L'Abeille is AB-SO-LUTELY stunning *groans*
I've been sampling this over the past few days and find it to be the epitome of opulence and excess... but in a resolutely soft and velvety way. Mimosa has a very distinctive perfume, and L'Abeille definitely celebrates this. I certainly *get* the honey and the supporting florals. Simply put, this is the perfume of a true summer day.
I wrote a slightly expanded review here today.
Now, I am wondering which bank I can rob... *sighs*
Reading your review, it sounds even more wonderful than it already had. I am actually scared to smell this. The price (in US dollars it's about $67 per 1 ml) is just sort of mind blowing.
I'll stick with the economical Mon Precieux Nectar.
Oh, that bottle!!!!! Deep sigh of longing.
So here is the question, S of S Mr. G., and anyone else who has smelled this beauty: does the mimosa smell like mimosa in nature (a smell i know through and through )--or does it smell like mimosa absolute, which is the smell of mimosa as we all think of it in perfume and soap (which to me always smells sort of almondy, not much at all like real mimosa)?
Nostalgie, to my nose it smells like the mimosa in nature... a kind of fuzzy sweet, slightly stinky mimosa... yellower than yellow, and so velvety it will tickle your nose. Absolute heaven!
BTW, mimosa here in Australia we call wattle (acacia)... but I do know true mimosa as a reference from living in Europe. The two have a perfume trail that are pretty much identical. There is nothing almondy that I can detect in this one.
Mike, LOL @ your Mon Precieux Nectar comment! Next to L'Abeille, this suddenly sounds like a BARGAIN!
Nostalgie, I also think that Mimosa in L`Abeille smells more like mimosa in nature. It`s a very realistic use of the note, that makes me wonder how were they able to produce it. It`s one of the things that L'Abeille amazes me, it doesn`t smell like flowers captured for a fragrance, but more like the smooth smell of spring flowers at their habitat.
Saddens me greatly that this is the direction Guerlain is going in. More and more releases to be enjoyed by fewer and fewer people.
Personally, I could care less if they put a fabulous scent in a rinsed out Pepsi bottle and sold it to me. The container is secondary, completely, in my opinion. A great scent could be bottled in the most plain flacon, No 5 anyone, and still be timeless and perfect.
Shame on LVMH and their greedy ways.
Quand on boit l'eau, il faut penser à sa source