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    Quick reviews as I managed to try these out in Harrods yesterday.

    Rose Nacree was my favourite and I picked up a bottle. I enjoy this composition, beautiful rose with a backward glance at Nahema's hyperreal and slightly peachy rose but with the sweetness delightfully blunted by smoky oud along the lines of Dior's Leather Oud. The rose and oud are a dynamic blend constantly shifting but neither ever outdoing the other. Great stuff.

    Songe d'un bois d'ete the other one I bought. Similar smoky oud to rose nacree but a stronger saffron note which roughs things up and reminds me of the saffron note in Cuir Lancome. Very dry, woody and pleasingly masculine. A complicated scent which I need more wearings to get to grips with.

    Give them a go!

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    Took a trip to Knightsbridge today and these are in Harrods. Now 6 hours later I have two smelling ribbons here in front of me (as I only liked two of the three). Both smell very good but one smells glorious! Dammed if I know which ones which. One smells dryer and lighter....dry, airy, aromatic smoke...the other, the one that is really grabbing me, is extremely deep and rich with a delicious dark smell of sweat and honey, dark, fruity, non-sweet honey. I think this must be the rose one, I think it has rose in it. Ah well, better I never find out which one's which and what's called what, as I'll never, ever be able to afford either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cazaubon View Post
    Anyone know if these are available in the Dubai airport?
    They are available in Dubai Airport. I passed though it last Thursday and was really thinking of buying at least one of them. But then I managed to hold out and thought there'll be a return trip in a week's time and I'll be able to get them then anyway and I don't have to carry them on my holiday. Now that I saw that they're available in Harrods, I'll be buying them in Harrods instead.

    Plus I have to say SAs in Dubai Airport are REALLY pushy
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    I received decants of the three of them. The surprise for me was the rose one, it is so beautiful. I did not find any of them sweet. Encense is the only one I have given a full wearing, I loved it, it is very well blended and it is definetly not a churchy incense. It does not smell anything like Silver Factory, but somehow it reminds me of it in feel and weight. I sprayed the leather one on my husband and he smelled divine. Can't wait to try it on me. I hope Guerlain makes them available worldwide.

    I have to give them a full wearing and then I will report.
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    I am privileged to have the opportunity to sample these. I have only tested them on my arms yesterday, but my first opinion is:

    Quote Originally Posted by germanomio View Post
    Rose nacrée is a sweet oriental pastry (reminding of La Petite Robe Noire in a "haute couture" version)
    That is spot-on. It somehow starts off like a typical rose-oud combo and then shifts into oriental rose pastry territory. What seems to be the saffron made for short moments where the scent smelled slightly off, but this seemed to shift slightly rather quickly. Longevity is good but not as outstanding (nearly 24 hours) as with the other two. It's interesting for sure, but not special enough to warrant the exclusivity game.

    Encens Mythique d'Orient is hard to describe. It is sweet initially and there is something about the whole accord about half an hour into it, I was not sure whether it would be smelling a bit 'too cheap' or 'too synthetic' for my taste. The card enclosed said that it used real amber gris from New Zealand and I can see that. It then fairly quickly progresses into a very softly smoky haze of fragrance (sillage is fine) that is certainly alluring. I have to admit it, I like this Thierry Wasser composition and I need further testing to see if it is for me. I love how it lingers on nearly forever and it is very beguiling.

    Songe d'un bois d'été did nothing special for me. Something synthetic bugged me - it must be the ISO E Super then - until the later drydown where the composition seemed to 'mellow' into what could have been more natural and inviting. This perfume has an M7 kind of appeal. It is harsh, dry, smoky and woody and I - as usually - see no leather here.

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    I finally got a sample of Rose Nacre du Desert (that was the one I really wanted to try). It is in a way, a somewhat muted fragrance and not as sweet as I expected. I would say it is about as sweet as Byredo Rose Noir or even less so. The rose is there, certainly. It is not a bright rose; it resembles more the dried petals one might find in a drawer; it does feel dusty. The oud is soft, nothing like the sharp oud in the Montales, although it remains a constant, darkish background as the fragrance develops. It is beautifully done, but I still prefer By Kilian Rose Oud.

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    I feel a compulsion coming on....
    Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
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    I sampled these a few days ago and was pretty much underwhelmed. All I can say is that they're missing that distinctive Guerlain flair (and I'm not referring to the Guerlainade accord) and just smelt like your bog standard niche releases. In my opinion, the Guerlain magic is sorely absent.

    Encens Mythique d'Orient smelt rather synthetic - there was a note in the composition that I didn't particularly like. Think Tauer's Incense Extreme but not as convincing.

    Songe d'un Bois d'été is probably the sweetest offering but smelt very similar to something I tried in the past. Perhaps Nasomatto's Duro? I'll need to re-sample it again...

    Rose Nacrée was the best one out of the three but how many rose scents does the world need?

    Personally, I don't think these are worth the money - there's nothing unique about any of them that justifies the high price tag.

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    They are available at Doha airport (Qatar). I tested all three and decided on the Encense. Mystic and hard to define, unisex. I like the Rose scent as well, but it's probably a bit too femine for me, being male. I found the most masculine fragrance, the Bois Ete to be too strong, sweet and overpowering for me.

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    They are also available at Beirut airport, an airport with a surprisingly extensive selection of speciality perfumes. After picking up the Encense in Doha, I was still thinking about the Rose. Initially thought it may be too feminine, being based on roses. But it is just really very beautiful, and the rose scent is dry, natural and balanced with spices and oud. Therefore, I couldn't resist, and purchased one bottle.

    There may be other rose/oud fragrances out there - I don't know - I am not an expert, but this perfume is stunning.

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    Smelled these today. The Guerlain boutique, got these very tiny samples sent to them. They literally got one small vial of each. Anyway, the SA was kind enough to let me smell them. They said they may eventually get them....I guess we'll just have to wait it out. :/

    1st Fave: Encens Mythique d'Orient~Beautiful, a subtle sweetness to it. Stays sweet for quite a bit, but it starts to warm up after a while, maybe it's the ambre gris or the patchouli? I couldn't really detect the Frankincense. When I saw it had incense, I thought it might smell like a sweet Dior Mitzah, but luckily I was mistaken. This one takes the cake of the three.

    2nd Fave: Rose Nacree du Desert I smelled it quickly and knew immediately I liked it, however I was too distracted with the previous one because I fell in love with it so I couldn't really pay attention to this one.

    and 3rd Fave, well actually not a fave at all, Songe d'Un Bois d'Ete: I really disliked it. :/ (Don't throw your tomatoes at me) And I thought I was mistaken, so I kept trying to go back and smelling it again....and again...and kept whisking it away saying, WOW that's bold. I saw someone compare it to Dior Leather Oud...I respectfully disagree. With Leather Oud, the oud isn't crazy overpowering that you can't enjoy the other notes to it....it is balanced. The Oud in this one is STRONG and very pungent. So much, that I couldn't really smell anything else. It made me feel like I needed to shower. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by massy03 View Post
    I saw someone compare it to Dior Leather Oud...I respectfully disagree. With Leather Oud, the oud isn't crazy overpowering that you can't enjoy the other notes to it....it is balanced. The Oud in this one is STRONG and very pungent. So much, that I couldn't really smell anything else. It made me feel like I needed to shower. LOL
    The oud in leather oud is slightly different from the oud in Songe d'Un Bois d'Ete. The former has oud wood whilst the latter oud oil. They are similar in every way except the oud facet. Also, Leather Oud is full of oud while SdUBdE is not as oud as dominant.
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    I love the Rose Nacree which has a dry and spicy rose scent. I feel I am transported to a Persian Garden, and it can be applied to men as well as to women. It lasts forever with a very good outreach.

    The Songe is too strong and overpowering for me. I had to take a step back after I tried it on a paper strip. It is masculine, for sure and heavily spicy.

    The Encens has nothing to do with incense in the traditional sense. It is light, complex and mystical, perhaps floral as well as slightly spicy. It is also very powdery. Thus, I feel it will appeal more to women than men.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    I sampled these a few days ago and was pretty much underwhelmed. All I can say is that they're missing that distinctive Guerlain flair (and I'm not referring to the Guerlainade accord) and just smelt like your bog standard niche releases. In my opinion, the Guerlain magic is sorely absent...
    I agree.
    Putting aside the fact these are not my style, I found them just so-so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farang View Post
    The Encens has nothing to do with incense in the traditional sense. It is light, complex and mystical, perhaps floral as well as slightly spicy. It is also very powdery. Thus, I feel it will appeal more to women than men.
    Which perfume is your reference incense perfume?
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    FYI, for anyone looking for these in the States, they are available at Bergdorf and Saks (NY only).

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    I ended up buying the Songe d'un Bois dEte. The rose one was nice but nothing special to me, and the incense one was so light and devoid of incense that it didn't appeal to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cazaubon View Post
    I ended up buying the Songe d'un Bois dEte.
    I ordered the same today from Saks. Should have it next week.

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    Songe d'un Bois d'Ete is one of the greatest liquored up dry woods desserts I've ever smelled. Judging it close up on the back of your hand will have you wondering all kinds of things. I tried it that way a few times and put it up, thinking I disliked it. It wasn't until I sprayed it on like I would normally wear it that I realized it's one of the best fragrances I've ever worn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    Songe d'un Bois d'Ete is one of the greatest liquored up dry woods desserts I've ever smelled. Judging it close up on the back of your hand will have you wondering all kinds of things. I tried it that way a few times and put it up, thinking I disliked it. It wasn't until I sprayed it on like I would normally wear it that I realized it's one of the best fragrances I've ever worn.
    I wore this last night. I found it initially very similar to Leather Oud and it was hard to shake the strong associations and enjoy it as a stand-alone fragrance. I think what I enjoyed about it is that it's not as strong as the Dior (which sometimes can be too much), whereas the Guerlain faded nicely and wasn't so oppressive. I have to give it a full wearing, I only sampled it, but I found it very likeable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    It wasn't until I sprayed it on like I would normally wear it that I realized it's one of the best fragrances I've ever worn.
    I agree! Just stunning and, as often happens to me with Guerlain, the real magic only happens with a full wearing.


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    Just received my bottle - I agree it is an easier wear than Dior Leather Oud and the magic reveals itself in the beautiful unfolding of the scent over a full wear of several hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfarom View Post
    I agree! Just stunning and, as often happens to me with Guerlain, the real magic only happens with a full wearing.
    alfarom,

    Great when that happens. :-) Glad to see Guerlain still making a few good ones.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    ..........I think what I enjoyed about it is that it's not as strong as the Dior (which sometimes can be too much), whereas the Guerlain faded nicely and wasn't so oppressive........
    mp,

    I loved Leather Oud as a sample but wearing it became too much, too dry-bitter-astringent-whatever, too much cardamom oppressing me. Sold my bottle. Thought it was interesting what Mr Reasonable said about Demachy and Wasser working in the same LVMH lab.

    Quote Originally Posted by cazaubon View Post
    .........I agree it is an easier wear than Dior Leather Oud and the magic reveals itself in the beautiful unfolding of the scent over a full wear of several hours.
    cazaubon,

    I hear you on all of that. Songe d'un Bois is rich! ".......richness without heaviness and luxury without one iota of vulgarity........"
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    Quote Originally Posted by pluran View Post
    Glad to see Guerlain still making a few good ones.
    Yup, couldn't disagree less

    I want Encens & Songe, actually. I like Rose Nacree, too, but have decided I'm not much of a rose guy. Wasser has been doing all the right things for the shareholders, no doubt about that (Idylle and LPRN and now the Shalimar Initial stuff) but it's great to see him stretch out a bit and play completely outside the flanker thing or riffs on the Guerlinade.

    If he can bang out the odd left of field one every now and then amongst the 'Guerlain for a new generation' stuff (a lot of which is damn nice stuff) then I'll be perfectly happy.

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    Which one of the three is the best...meaning most unique and sexy? I want to blind buy a decant. Thanks.
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    id say the incense one because the woody one smells like a toned down Leather Oud.
    Those rose is rose-Oud so not terribly unique from a composition perspective.
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    I agree.... Encens Mythique, if you can accept its quiet nature. It's very longlived and alluring though. Maybe, the best Wasser creation in my book...

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