It took some time -shame, shame, shame on me- to get Eau de Guerlain onto my shelves of cologne and perfume, but it’s definitely here to stay.
Up to now my perfume reviews have concerned those heavy, smelly, powerful, overwhelming families I affection so much: leathers and woody, oriental ambers. But this extreme needs to be balanced out!
Let me now share with you my pyjama family -yes, a personal nomenclature, for those colognes I generously splash on after my end-of-workday / beginning of evening shower and softened, when appropriate, with a bit of talc while I wait for my Tamaryokucha to steep. All this makes for the start-off of a marvellous evening. My pyjama party includes but is not limited to 4711, Eau d’Orange Verte -Hermès, Eau de cologne des princes -L.T. Piver, Lavanda -Ach. Brita, Jean-Marie Farina -Roger&Gallet, Étiquette bleue -d’Orsay and now Eau de Guerlain.
The beginning of Eau de Guerlain is a flustering explosion of lime flying here, orange shooting there and lemon darting about -N.B.: my description doesn’t fit with the pyramid description often provided.
I’ve now forgotten the day’s frustrations.
Frankly I’m happy to say that the limes and lemons do hang around for some time! Progressively the citrus fireworks slides into a sophisticated and well-rounded orange-blossom that holds on for some time with discreet woody underlying notes that I think keep the orang-blossom under control.
Though it can be attached to the eaux fraîches familly of fleeting scents, Eau de Guerlain is an eau de toilette, not an eau de cologne, and stays true, though quiet-spoken, throughout the day.