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Fleur de Feu (1949)
by Guerlain


Fleur de Feu information

Year of Launch1949
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 11 votes)

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Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Parent Company at launchGuerlain

About Fleur de Feu

Fleur de Feu is a feminine perfume by Guerlain. The scent was launched in 1949

Fleur de Feu fragrance notes

Reviews of Fleur de Feu

Fleur de Feu (Flower of Fire) (1949)
Fleur de Feu was Guerlain’s first release after WWII, during which his youngest son was killed. The name perhaps relates to the flower of youth going down in flames or flowers rising like a phoenix from the flames of war.

Reviews on line mention a spicy carnation, but this is not among the notes listed by Guerlain. The scent is for me another masterful blend of individual notes with no one note standing apart from the others. It is a rich, deep floral. The honey, jasmine and sweet acacia join the tonka and vanilla in giving the overall effect of a warm, powdery softness. The buttery quality of ylang seems to float most successfully over the other notes, never standing apart but mingling and entwining itself among the strands of scent.

Since fire is associated with the color red, one would think that a red rose or red carnation would be the star here, especially since the name is singular, fleur rather than fleurs. This is not the case, so the title continues to baffle, while the warm and re-assuring scent delights.

This is a personal scent, a scent of loss remembered, of sweet memories recalled. A scent for the mature man or woman, gentle and evocative of a time gone by, an under-statement of the power of scent to evoke the past within the present. A great rarity, but thankfully still available on line from private sellers.

31st August, 2018
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Review of the vintage Perfume:
The opening is one of Guerlain's greatest: a rich, red, deep carnation, like emanating from one's button hole, with touches of aldehydes, ylang-ylang and a Guerlinesque background adding the odd fiery sparkle. This carnation is less of a soliflore than the one in the same house's Oeillet OOO triple perfume but more faceted in nature. The drydown adds some iris, with later jasmine enforcing the floral nature of this scent. In the base I get a discrete amber-cinnamon note that is given further depth by an unobtrusive vanilla with a touch of sweetness. In spite of the post-war frugalness the ingredients are of sensational quality and wonderfully blended. Very good silage with excellent projection and a superb longevity of nearly ten hours. Another all-time great of Guerlain.
29th March, 2014
This is a rare and discontinued parfum extrait from the post-war 40's created by Jaques Guerlain. It is presented in a tall crystal bottle paying homage to the skyscrapers built in that era. This is a well blended floral with a unique guerlinade base and is meant to evoke the fiery flowers of an island volcano. It starts with a rich carnation note that give it its fiery quality. To my nose it has notes similar to nahema's rose and chamade's ylang ylang. Although the spicy accord of carnation is prominent I also detect aldehydes and jasmine in the composition. The middle note is a luscious powdery orris that is reminscent of Liu. But where Liu edp goes to a sweet powdery drydown Fleur de Feu becomes deliciously warm and caramelized gourmand, it is not cloying or foody but comforting like the feel of warm cashmere in the cold - I think the base has notes of patchouli, vanilla and tonka bean.
14th December, 2007 (last edited: 23rd April, 2008)

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