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Liù (1929)
by Guerlain


Liù information

Year of Launch1929
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 83 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerJacques Guerlain
PackagingRaymond Guerlain
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Parent Company at launchGuerlain

About Liù

305 said this fragrance was "an olfactory poem dedicateed to femininity.", and is named after the character in Puccini's opera Turandot. Reissued in 2005 for the renovated flagship Guerlain store on the Champs-Elysees. Reorchestrated by Jean Paul Guerlain.

Liù fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Liù

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The original formulation:

The opening of a rich dark and velvety May rose, a bergamot and a smoldering neroli - the latter two brightens things up a bit - and a fresh breeze of aldehydes - results in a very idiosyncratic and voluptuously delicious start - delicious!

The drydown keeps the rose as a leitmotif and adds a lovely jasmine that adds a slightly powdery undertone to the whole mix, And is joined by a very restrainedly spicy orris which darkens a bit more and adds more depth to it. Whiffs of dark chocolate are present at times.

An ambery vanilla adds some more sweetness in the base, and a times the amber appears to gain the upper hand, which results in the sweetness never becoming too intrusive. There is a subtle sandalwood present, but it provides more of a woodsy background than and lasting sandalwood aroma.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and nine hours of longevity on my skin.

A rich and refined scent for colder spring or warmer autumn evenings, this is a well-crafted, intense but nonetheless luxuriatingly elegant creation. Whilst the choice of ingredients is not wildly original and the use of aldehydes became a bit of a craze in the days if its release, the quality of the said ingredients is high, and the performance respectable. Overall 3.75/5.
11th April, 2020
EDT, vintage...

Gorgeous aldehydes here! Powdery, feminine rose. Iris becomes prominent nearly right away. Dusty stuff, this is. Other floral notes mix in, mingle. Iris seems to shine the most, to my nose... A few hints of a buttery something, and then some jasmine. This, is how I think of, and what, I think of, as a true Guerlain, and how their classics stand the test of time. Everything just flows smoothly with no choppiness. They don't make them like this anymore.

Gentle vanilla, amber, and a note like a cream-soaked wood comes later. Beautiful!
29th July, 2019
Liu by Guerlain is one of those golden, radiant, juicy and opulent floral bombs, rich in petals, powder, aldehydes and Mittel-European sumptuosity. Classic and sophisticated, soapy and distinguished - not a skanky "bitchy" chypre for sure, rather powdery, floral and aldehydic. It reminds me of both Chanel n.5 and Chanel Bois des Iles, although Liu smells somehow more dry, simple and bright. Beautiful for sure, nonetheless: full of grace and neoclassic opulence, perhaps a little "academic" as regards of the adherence to a sort of cliché, but undoubtedly pleasant, well made, crisp, cozy and refined. Bold sillage and long, perfect persistence. The perfect gift for any self-confident and elegant woman.

07th October, 2014
Wow, Liu is seriously beautiful. I know people say this is boring, or a copy of Chanel No. 5, but I have to say that I find this extremely enjoyable and sensual on its own terms. It combines the snowy, sharp aldehydes of Chanel No. 5 with the warm vanillic Guerlainade of the far dry down of Shalimar, and along the way also manages to reference the slightly dirty/Cussons Imperial Leather soap-y feel to Cuir de Russie. The Chanel-esque aldehydes add a sprinkle of starlight and lift to the heavy, dry, velvet base typical of Guerlain oldies. It is simply delightful and delicious. Mind you, since I own either full bottles or decants of the three perfumes I have just mentioned, I am unlikely to be putting this on my buy list. Still, to anyone who is a fan of the classic Chanels and the old school Guerlains, I think you would really savor this. Hearkens back to times when perfumes were put together with thought and care for both execution and raw materials. Sorry that this review is not terribly descriptive - I find it difficult, especially with my beginner's nose, to describe the older Chanels and Guerlains in an adequate way.
02nd June, 2014
Liu is definitely similar to Chanel #5 in that the aldehydes feature prominently, especially in the opening. However, Liu evolves into something much drier, woodier and less sweet making it a little more unisex. There's a slightly darker and more mysterious thing going on in Liu and I think it's the hint of oakmoss (which is not included in the list of notes) that I'm picking up on as the scent dries down. Liu lies very close to the skin. I wish it lasted longer and projected more, but it I still find it beautiful and one of the most underrated Guerlain scents.
20th May, 2014
demcav Show all reviews
United States
Sparkle, followed by Warmth

Liu eau de parfum opens with bright, sparkling aldehydes and white florals -- yes, at this stage there is similarity to Chanel's No 5. Although the projection is never uncomfortably far-reaching, after about an hour the aldehydes settle and rose softly joins the white jasmine, as the edp becomes warmer and closer in its projection. Then, for the next several hours the warm Guerlinade accord continually emerges, in place of the fading aldehydes...the gears have shifted gradually but definitely, from the bright opening to vanilla and warm, woody notes. Thinking back to the opening, it's hard to believe that Liu makes such a seamless, chiaroscuro transition during its 6 - 8 hours of longevity on my skin.

The one request I have is that Guerlain release a parfum concentration as a current option. Liu is a classic from Guerlain's late-20s, its sheer opening, due to the aldehydes, is an indication of changes that occurred in fragrances during the '20s, following the release of Guerlain's richer Shalimar in the early-20s. Although the current eau de parfum is lovely enough, it would be wonderful to experience the concentration of Liu in which it was originally developed, as I do with Shalimar.

Pros: Lovely development
Cons: Please re-release the parfum!"

15th September, 2013

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