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    Default Re: Vintage Guerlain

    Quote Originally Posted by DrTricia View Post
    They definitely do have an extensive fragrance boutique set-up in BH, but I would just go to La Mer (which I love the smell of, btw), Chanel and Clive Christian. I have a feeling when I go back, I’ll be floored at the Guerlain set-up that I have never noticed, lol.

    I adore shopping in SF as well. Fond memories of major birthday hauls when spending my birthday there (Mr.S has relatives there and in Half Moon Bay).
    I believe only Saks has the entire line of Clive Christian in recent years. The Nemians in SF was one of the first to receive the Les Exclusifs collection of Chanel and Privee collection of Dior.

    It used to be a great place to do extensive sniffing and hauling samples. Times have changed
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    It’s Paris in Cali today! Here are the latest additions to the burgeoning Guerlain family (and a mystery package on the right, perhaps for Mr.S). So glad the true Parisians made it across the pond safely. I will post individual pics as I explore each one. Can’t wait to try the vintage Chamade extrait, as I love the edt I have.

    I need some help figuring out the Bee bottles (my first!). The “little” one (only relative to the huge 1000ml bottle) has no label, save for a generic Guerlain label on the bottom. It was sold as Champs-Élysées, which it most certainly is not. That is just the address on the bottom, but the seller had no knowledge about the bottle or its contents. It may well be Imperiale as well. Definitely seems to be an eau of some sort. Now that the big bottle (but from when?) is here, we can compare the scents.

    Anyone with great Bee bottle knowledge (perhaps our friend in Paris?), please chime in and help figure out both of the Bees.

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    I guess the first question I'd ask is what kind of notes do you detect? Yes it may be Imperiale as well as there are variations of the bee bottle for that one.

    Possible suspects that I can think are Eau de Cologne Imperiale, Eau de Guerlain, and Eau de Cologne du Coq.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    I guess the first question I'd ask is what kind of notes do you detect? Yes it may be Imperiale as well as there are variations of the bee bottle for that one.

    Possible suspects that I can think are Eau de Cologne Imperiale, Eau de Guerlain, and Eau de Cologne du Coq.
    It’s very light. Not at all “perfume-y.” Minerals and subtle citrus. Do you know all of the Eaux? If it doesn’t seem to be Imperiale, I may have to send samples to experienced eau noses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrTricia View Post
    It’s very light. Not at all “perfume-y.” Minerals and subtle citrus. Do you know all of the Eaux? If it doesn’t seem to be Imperiale, I may have to send samples to experienced eau noses.
    Hmmm aside from those notes do you detect any green notes like mint or basil? Or how about florals like lavender?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrTricia View Post
    Mr. Gin likes the big bottle.
    He knows his bling.

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    Default Re: Vintage Guerlain

    With the recent uptick of Guerlain samples, I'm considering a potential sample pass dedicated for obscure Guerlains.
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    I'm trying Habit Rouge edt again.

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    I did some paper testing yesterday, and I wasn't loving it on paper, but today on skin it is much better.

    On paper, this was significantly stronger / louder than Antaeus, Bel Ami, Davidoff, and Polo.

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    Bavard--have you tried the EdC? My favorite concentration.
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    I'm trying Habit Rouge edt again.

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    I did some paper testing yesterday, and I wasn't loving it on paper, but today on skin it is much better.

    On paper, this was significantly stronger / louder than Antaeus, Bel Ami, Davidoff, and Polo.
    Very clearly a case for corn flakes and classics
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oviatt View Post
    Bavard--have you tried the EdC? My favorite concentration.
    I have some edc, and I like it even more. I was somewhat on the fence with this edt before, but today's wearing has been good. I'm getting lots of Guerlain in the base.

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    I'm wearing Chamade Parfum for the first time today (from Earlyn, I believe?). It's lovely. There's an interesting glistening, inky layer with the bright florals. I wonder what that is? The cassis? It's almost like a sweet herbal liquor, or something. It's very rich, but bright at the same time.
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    Default Re: Vintage Guerlain

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnette View Post
    Well, you know me, Bavard - I'm a Guerlain admirer through-and-through. Brooks Otterlake refers to Guerlain's "full bodied richness and formality," and that's a lovely way of putting it. Guerlains are stately: even at their wildest (in my collection, that would probably be Mahora) and most surprsing (Mitsouko, Jicky), they maintain a seamlessly integrated structure and elegance that I find almost second to none.

    For me, vintage is the only way to go with Guerlain, in any concentration. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be L'Heure Bleue extrait. I could possibly live without Shalimar (though when I'm in the mood for it, nothing else will do), but never Mitsouko, Samsara, Nahema or Chamade. The late-80s parfum de toilette concentration allowed one to experience the fullness of extrait at a very affordable price, and their EDTs and EDCs were never thin or frail. Guerlain has a permanent place in my heart.
    I felt on the fence about Shalimar, but now I really like the edc from the bottle that looks a little like a clock face that LiveJazz has.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnette View Post
    The most delicious L'Heure Bleue combo I've found is vintage parfum de toilette (not made any longer - mine is from the 80s, purchased on eBay) layered with a small amount of vintage parfum. Absolutely intoxicating. Neither the current EdT nor EdP compare favorably with the old PdT, in my opinion - EdP was intended to replace PdT, but there's really no comparison for depth and nuance.
    I copied over your detailed recommendation on wearing L'Heure Bleue, posted in a thread about modern versions of L'Heure Bleue! Love that. Clearly. Here it is. You've made a compelling case for this combo, and I like how it can preserve a tiny stash of parfum. I have some pdt on order to give it a go. I'm looking forward to some depth and nuance. Sounds tasty.

    Meanwhile, I've let go of Sous le Vent. As much as I liked it, people around me wanted to vote it off the island, so I swapped with PStoller for some copper top Eau d'Hermes, which has temporarily elevated me to hero status here.




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