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  1. More than a Feeling

    L'Heure Bleue - the witching hour, when day slips into night. Dusk falls, and orange lights on the banks of the Seine twinkle in the deepening blue. The atmosphere is cool, elegaic...

    Some people find l'Heure Bleue sad, and indeed, there was something weighing on Jacques Guerlain's mind when he composed it. Jean-Paul Guerlain later told Michael Edwards his uncle had a premonition he couldn't describe - and so he expressed it in the way he knew best - in a perfume. With the benefit ...

    Updated 26th September 2020 at 08:49 AM by Wild Gardener

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  2. Was Bleu Marine really the first Aquatic?

    Bleu Marine was released by Pierre Cardin in 1986, two years before Cool Water and New West for Him, and with a name like 'Navy Blue' it sounds like it should be the first ever aquatic, but was it?

    First of all, what are we talking about here? There are two versions of Bleu Marine: Bleu Marine de Cardin and Bleu Marine pour Lui by Pierre Cardin - which was released some time later. Obviously the later version of a scent cannot be the first of anything, so I am going to ignore it for ...

    Updated 24th August 2020 at 04:27 PM by Wild Gardener

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  3. Unicorns still exist - but there are no Flying Horses

    Unicorns, like Nombre Noir, can still be found in some distant land, but the 'hidden gem in the pharmacy' is nothing but an urban myth. These days, you have more chance of hitching a ride on Pegasus than finding a forgotten classic.

    First of all, any perfume that was good, or even decent will have left some footprint in perfume lore. Only the most wretched brands such as Bienaimé have slipped through the net, and, I can tell you, their stuff is definitely not classic. If a perfume ...

    Updated 18th June 2020 at 10:03 PM by Wild Gardener

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  4. Ways of Smelling

    Here's a story I heard one time; a perfumer was asked to make a scent for a client's swimming pool.
    He found out what sort of thing they wanted, asked a few questions about the water purification system and went ahead and mixed up something fresh. When it was done the client smelled it on a paper strip and said 'Ok, that's fine', paid for the stuff, and took it home. The next day there was a phone call. 'What have you done? It's awful. The swimming pool smells like sewage!' The perfumer ...

    Updated 8th May 2020 at 02:21 PM by Wild Gardener

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  5. The jungle mountain

    Smelling Jungle Tiger and Jungle Elephant together, it's evident they are two sides of the same mountain. Each has its own character but they are clearly elements of the same body. And what's more, it's clear that the peak of Dominique Ropion's prodigious talent, for this time, rested above and beyond, in the clouds.

    Updated 15th March 2020 at 03:41 PM by Wild Gardener

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