Friday scent of the day 8/15

Guerlain, 68 Avenue des Champs-Élysées, interior

Today's community project: wear something by Guerlain. What did you pick?

As always, do chime in with your scent of the day even if you didn’t participate in the community project.

I was going to wear Eau de Guerlain, but at the last minute decided to go with a dab of vintage Jicky extrait since I so enjoyed wearing Jicky Eau de Toilette yesterday. I smell fantastic again, but I'm much skankier.

Reminder: next Friday, August 22, wear something beachy, or anything you think of as "a vacation in a bottle".

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  1. lucasai says:

    Happy Army of Poland Day!

    I finally didn’t forget about NST Friday comminuty project and I’m proudly wearing Cuir Beluga today. It almost disippated completely since I dabbed it on before 10 in the morning (it’s almost 5 in the afternoon now) but it smells pretty lovely anyway.

    • Robin says:

      Ah, that was a nice one!

      How does one celebrate Army of Poland day?

      • lucasai says:

        Thank you!
        There are some military parades, festivals and picnics organized on that day. You know, kids can sit in a tank or something :)

        • Dilana says:

          If you want to celebrate very differently, watch To Be or Not To Be (either the 1940’s or the Mel Brooks one) in which a bad actor, his wife (very good actress, not so good wife), an unsuccessful actor who happens to look like Hitler and a handsome Polish Air Force pilot run rings around the Nazis just after the invasion of Poland

        • Anna Stromberg says:

          Do you get those fantastic sour dough doghnuts with rose jam also? Or is that only on fat friday? Such amazing pastry.

          • Laila says:

            Do you mean pączki? It’s Fat Thursday, the Thursday before Ash Wednesday in Poland, and in the U.S. where I’m at, pączki day is celebrated on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

          • Anna Stromberg says:

            Ah, ofcourse! Fat tuesday! Yes, thats the pastry. Love it!

          • lucasai says:

            Well, we have pączki all year round at the bakeries but those with rose jam are made especially for Fat Thursday before the Lent

    • hajusuuri says:

      Yummm – Cuir Beluga. I had lunch with Daisy today and she asked me what’s on my FB wish list and guess what I said?

  2. relleric says:

    Forgive me, I forgot about Guerlain day… SOTD is 1445 (Castle Forbes).

    Happy Friday everyone! :)

  3. Janice says:

    I’m wearing Attrape-Coeur. Still sad that this has been discontinued!

    • Robin says:

      It’s back, although only at Harrods…just realized I never did announce it here. (sorry, cannot keep up)

      • Robin says:

        But should have added…that was a limited edition, don’t even know for sure that they still have it. And it was £280.

      • C.H. says:

        Curious. Would love to hear about the decision-making behind the renaming/marketing as a new fragrance.

    • C.H. says:

      Me too! I got my decant as a gift from a perfect stranger earlier this year, which still bowls me over! Perfume folks. It’s astonishing.

  4. melissa says:

    I’m wearing Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic, same as last Friday and several times this week. My Guerlain game is pretty sad, so last week I went and got a sample of this for the citrus and Guerlain projects. I’d spritzed it before and felt kind of meh, but whoda thunk, I’m falling in summer love.

    • Robin says:

      I wear that one quite a bit :-)

      • SmokeyToes says:

        Melissa, I love Mandarine Basilic, it wears so well on skin.

        • hajusuuri says:

          Me, too! I tried it layered with Terre d’Hermes and wowzer!

    • nancyg says:

      I wore Pamplelune yesterday – the only Guerlain I have but for a sample of Encens Mythique d’Orient I got in January’s swap. Have not tried it – has anyone else?

  5. PriscillaE says:

    I only have a few Guerlains. Shalimar EDT, which I have to say I wouldn’t wear at this time of year if you paid me, Aqua Allegorias – Gentiana, Pamplelune, Herba Fresca, Tutti Kiwi, and Anisia Bella. I also have a tiny bit left of a mini of Vetiver. I really intended to wear Vetiver, but I just couldn’t bring myself to use it up. So it’s Anisia Bella for me today.

  6. Jessica says:

    It’s oddly cool for August today in the NYC region, so I’m wearing a little spritz of Nahema EdP. Happy Friday, everyone.

    • floragal says:

      Crazy cool here! Can’t get over these temps.

      Makes it much easier to wear Mayotte, which is my Guerlain SOTD.
      Loving it!

      • ihadanidea says:

        I’m quietly loving it. Feels like spring, don’t you think? I’d rather have this than a deathly hot summer day.

        • floragal says:

          It is lovely, although I do prefer the heat over the cold. This winter was harsh and I want as much sun & heat as I can get before it’s maybe back again!

          • ihadanidea says:

            You’re right, you’re right – let’s not tempt the miserable winter back.

          • hajusuuri says:

            I much prefer cool / cold but don’t care for / hate the snow! Today had the perfect temps!

          • scentfromabove says:

            Let’s swap then. In Texas, it was in the high 90’s and extremely humid. I hate to be hot and love the cool or cold weather. I’m happy to send the summer heat in someone else’s direction.

  7. pyramus says:

    If it had been warm and sunny I would have worn Anisia Bella, but it’s a grey rainy misery so I worse L’Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme, which is INSANELY good, cocoa and sandalwood and patchouli with a sort of caramel-macchiato quality to it (without. actually smelling of coffee). One of the best men’s scents of the last fifteen years., so well done Guerlain.

    • relleric says:

      I agree, the EDT version is my favorite Guerlain. I also have the EDP, but love the sharpness of the EDT more.

      • pyramus says:

        Yeah, I have the EDT, too. It’s incredibly bright and vivid when it opens, and then it almost immediately calms down into this warm, masculine overcoat of a scent. It’s ridiculous how great it is.

    • AnnieA says:

      Instead of Army Days there should be Men Wearing L’Instant Days…

    • C.H. says:

      Interesting, now I want to try!

    • nancyg says:

      This does sound good – will have to try it.
      And all you Anisia Bella lovers make me feel bad and/or stupid for leaving the bottle I got at TJMaxx in the women’s restroom at work – because I didn’t like it…

  8. Bee says:

    Shalimar Parfum Initial l’Eau, since some of you recommended buying a bottle before it’s discontinued.

    • bastet says:

      How do you like it? I love and own a FB of the PI, so when I heard about the discontinuations I snapped up a bottle of the L’Eau version unsniffed. Luckily, I’ve really been enjoying it this summer.

      • Bee says:

        Well yes, I do like it, unlike you I did not buy it unsniffed; I’m not so brave, and I am running out of storage capacity, so I’m trying to be more discerning with my FB purchases (haha, wishful thinking).

    • CM says:

      Scent Twins!

      I”m wearing Parfum Initial L’eau, and I think I like it better than Parfum Initial. It’s got a bit more iris in the opening and is lighter and airier overall. Both PI and PIL were blind buys for me.., and I’d buy them both again.

  9. stinker_kit says:

    Today I dug out my bottle of Habit Rouge EDT. Surprisingly nice for the summer….

  10. Coumarin says:

    Mitsouko EdP, of a newer vintage. I’ve never smelled vintage Mitsouko, actually, and kind of scared too. What if it ruins the current version for me?

    • C.H. says:

      That’s a real risk, alas.

    • pyramus says:

      My Mitsouko is the EDT from perhaps ten years ago, and I really love it. I’ve had decant vials of the older EDP and vintage parfum for several years but like you I’m afraid to try them, because I worry that I won’t like my (beloved) EDT any more and will have to hunt down the vintage.

      I tried the most recent version of the parfum a couple of years ago at the Guerlain in Toronto and probably would have bought it if it had been any good, but it wasn’t Mitsouko, not really: no oakmoss, or hardly any, and so it wasn’t as anywhere near as good as the EDT I have.

      Damn you, reformulations.

  11. rose pepper says:

    Today I’m wearing vintage Chamade parfum. It is beautiful and perfect for getting through a day of meetings. This fragrance is appropriate for all seasons and all events.

    I am using a sample that is from a sampler pack of guerlain classics I got last fall. I have mixed feelings about trying vintage perfumes. On the one hand, I love getting to experience the perfume as intended. However, I hate how it’s not available and how it can be difficult (and expensive) to obtain. Part of me thinks it would be better to just try the new version and be blissful in my ignorance of what I’m missing :)

    • nebbe says:

      That’s something I struggle with too, and echos Coumarin’s thoughts above. There’s something to be said for blissful ignorance, particularly when it saves money. But then again, the opportunity to time travel via fragrance is something special too.

      So not adding anything new to the conversation, just feeling the feelings :)

      • nebbe says:

        Just found great quote that applies to fragrance, discontinuations, and reformulations, by a British writer named G.K. Chesterton (who I am unfamiliar with):

        “The way to love anything is to realize it may be lost.”

        • Laurels says:

          Nice quote! Chesterton wrote the Father Brown mystery stories, which are well worth reading if you like classic British mysteries. (I’ve seen episodes of two different Father Brown tv series, but neither of them seemed to have much to do with the original books.)

    • 50_Roses says:

      If you are really unfamiliar with the older versions, it may indeed be better not to pursue them, if you would not be willing to spend the time and money to track down vintage bottles. The difficulty for ,e is that I did smell earlier formulations back in the day, and can remember what they were like, and there is no way to undo that knowledge. I was fortunate to be able to acquire several of the classic Guerlains (Vol de Nuit, Liu, Parure, Apres l’Ondee) in the 1990s, before the recent spate of rather drastic (and often ruinous) reforumlations. I understand that a bottle of VdN, e.g., from the 1990s would not be exactly the same formula as one from the 1930s, but I suspect the changes had not been as drastic as what has taken place in the last 10 years or so. In any case, those 1990s formulas make up frame of reference, and if a current bottle does not live up to the scent memory, it will not satisfy me, even if it would be a worthwhile perfume in its own right, without that olfactory memory to serve as a point of comparison.

      • nebbe says:

        This makes a lot of sense, and also gives a good frame of reference.

        Thanks for your insights!

    • mals86 says:

      I really like Chamade, a lot (it’s one of the few Guerlains I love) – but I think there are some weathers for which it doesn’t seem to fit. I spent a chilly November wearing it while working on a novel for which one character wore it, and I didn’t enjoy it much in that weather.

    • Laurels says:

      So far I’ve stuck to new versions, although I don’t know that ignorance is blissful. It’s easy to miss one’s chance. I fell down the rabbit hole maybe 18 months ago, and I’ve gotten samples of things (not always classics) that were widely available at the discounters, only to see them disappear while I was making up my mind. Sometimes they reappear, though. I’ve been trying to think of every sample as an experience in itself, with the acquisition of a bottle mostly a matter of serendipity.

  12. monkeytoe says:

    I am wearing a bit of vintage Sous le Vent extrait. I love the smell of a dry chypre in the morning.

  13. cologneluvr says:

    SOTD: Fahrenheit Absolute Dior for men

  14. happy888cat says:

    SOTD: Terracotta Le Parfum (I think I covered next Friday’s theme too haha :) )

  15. thegoddessrena says:

    Used up my sample of Metallica and I smell damn perfect.

  16. jirish says:

    Chamade, the only Guerlain I own, although I could have spritzed my hubby’s Vetiver. I have Chamade in a decant of the vintage PdT formula, and it really is full bottle worthy, but I’m not sure which of the current formulations would come closest to the vintage PdT. Does anyone have any suggestions? I’m assuming the parfum would be the closest, but I really have no clue, maybe the edp would do?

    • bastet says:

      If my memory is correct, Victoria at Bois de Jamin has a nice discussion of various Chamade formulations over the years in her review of the fragrance.

      • jirish says:

        Thanks, I’ll have to check that out.

    • mals86 says:

      The PdT seems creamy/powdery to me in a way that most other formulations don’t (though I have not tried modern parfum).

      Victoria is so good with comparing the various Guerlain formulations over time! She’s amazing. I don’t remember her addressing PdT, however, which is why I put in my two cents.

      • jirish says:

        You’re right – just checked out Victoria’s article and there’s nothing about the PdT. Drat! Guess I might need to stalk eBay for this because I really love it.

  17. teri says:

    It’s a sad thing for a perfumista to confess to, but Guerlains and I don’t agree. I love or admire them on others, but when applied to my skin, they invariably smell just awful. So I’ll tip my hat to all you fabulously scented Guerlain wearers, and I’ll get as close as I can by wearing Fig Tea by Patricia de Nicolai.

    • audreylicious says:

      Hey, me too! The only ones I can wear ( and own) are Bois D’Armenie and Myrrhe et Delires…..oh, and L’Heure de Nuit (kind of). I always hide when people talk about most Guerlains. They are so beautiful on other people but on me smell just bad. Therefore,
      SOTD: Amouage Epic body lotion……

    • JolieFleurs says:

      Ah, I am not a GuerlyGirl, either! I do love Mitsy and Chamade is fine, but Vol de Nuit is the only one with the Geurlain base that I can wear.

      • C.H. says:

        Will add myself to those cosigning this difficulty! Had a bad formative experience with Shalimar, still struggle to enjoy them! Alas.

    • HemlockSillage says:

      Hey, you are not alone. I’m not a huge fan of Guerlain. I keep trying, because they smell amazing on my mother. I like Chamade in the extrait, and the Eau de Guerlain (basically all the colognes Imperiale, du Coq), but struggle to love anything else on me! They fascinate me, but I don’t wear them often.

  18. mikeperez23 says:

    A layering of vintage Apres l’Ondee Parfum + ‘new’ EdT

    Summer never smelled so sad & beautiful!

    • Delacey says:

      We’re half scent twins today: I’m wearing the EDT. Would have loved to smell the vintage version as I find this a bit soft.

  19. nebbe says:

    At first I didn’t think I had many options besides Shalimar, but then found a few samples, a mini and a partially full bottle. Fun!
    Sotd ended up Air de Samsara, which was one of the recommendations from my Monday Mail (thanks again for all the great suggestions! Still working my way through the list) and I love it.

  20. applebite says:

    SOTD is L’Heure Bleue EDT. It is COLD today so I could have easily headed for the Shalimar, but L’Heure Bleue has a touch of the melancholy to me that seemed like an appropriate way to deal with a blip of scarf-weather :)

    An aside – thanks to all the hellos and warm welcomes and answers to my questions since I joined – I had another internet blip but hopefully I’m back :)

  21. Abyss says:

    I sprayed some Jicky EDT from a store tester earlier today. I actually went in looking for Après L’ondée, but their range appears to be much smaller these days – no Après L’ondée, no Nahéma, no Chant D’Arômes, no extraits, etc. Instead it seemed to be endless variations of La Petite Robe Noire. Disappointing.

    Anyway, I don’t actually own a single bottle of Guerlain, but if I were to pick one, it would probably be Jicky. Most likely in extrait.

    • HemlockSillage says:

      Hi, scent twin! I did the same thing–Jicky EdT from a tester today after work. I’d never put it on skin before. This is why I love this community. You challenge me to get out and try new/old things and to get outside my comfort zone in fragrance :D

  22. Ida says:

    Aah, I forgot about community day – and I had been pondering Shalimar, or Jardins de Bagatelle, Anyway, still smelled nice, if lighter – of Malle En Passant. Lily and girly to me. Will make up with Guerlain this weekend.

  23. 734elizabeths says:

    Guerlain is MY perfume house, so I was really looking forward to this community SOTD – but I woke up with a rotten cold, including a stuffed-up and irritated nose. Grrr. So instead of wearing something more marvellous and intense, I’m making do with a light spritz of Terracotta Voile d’Ete. But I’m loving reading about what others are wearing.

  24. Mary Carol says:

    I have on Jicky EDT and am enjoying it.

  25. solanace says:

    Tonka Impériale. Very nice, but a tad shy for my taste.

  26. farouche says:

    Getting in touch with my more masculine side by wearing Vetiver pour Elle. I keep getting lovely wafts of vetiver and wonder again why this jewel was discontinued.

    I hope my large decant will be enough…

    • Bee says:

      I’m happy I bought a bottle! It wasn’t my choice today, the outdoor temperature was too low.

  27. Barqs says:

    Guerlain l’Instant is my scent of the day. Happy Friday everyone!!

  28. austenfan says:

    I didn’t forget and am proudly wearing Une Rose Nacrée du Désert. Beautiful, I finished my first sample and will probably drain my second one as well. I even got a compliment from my dentist’s assistant. Which is nice.

    • Eva S says:

      That one is a favorite, own FB!

  29. Omega says:

    Iris Ganache from a sample:).

  30. bastet says:

    I am enjoying this beautiful summer day (so cool and clear for August in Virginia) with Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia. I also considered Pamplelune, but I’m a little wary of wearing this one around other people (luckily I never experience the dreaded “cat pee” myself, only luscious grapefruit).

    • mals86 says:

      I’ve got Pamplelune on myself! My other Guerlains (Chamade, Shalimar Light, a decant of Metallica and one of Vega) seemed a bit heavy for this humid weather. I suppose I could have gone with Apres l’Ondee, but my decant is almost gone.

      Waving to you from the Blue Ridge Mountains!

  31. nozknoz says:

    It’s no coincidence that I have a lot of Guerlains to choose from – I love this line and have acquired as many as possible. Today it’s 1960s Shalimar EdT. Relatively dry and austere, this formulation was my gateway to Shalimar. Off to watch La Légende de Shalimar again!

  32. SophieC says:

    Chamade EDP (I think) today. I realise I merrily overlooked the fact that Teracotta is a Guerlain this morning, but the oily green polleny-ness of Chamade is working for me today.

    I do love the way the Friday themes seem to make all of us use more of our colelction that would otherwise be the case.

  33. Joe says:

    Vol de Nuit Evasion today.

    Also known as Attrape Cœur EdT.

    Have a great Friday, everyone! :-)

    • nozknoz says:

      VdN Evasion as a version of Attrape Coeur has to be one of the most bizarre namings ever. I can’t imagine how someone could have thought that was a good idea. Great perfume anyway!

      • Celestia says:

        It took me along time to wrap my head around the name too. Some Guerlain girlfriends brought me a bottle from Europe. Great Fragrance; not really me. Think of the name as getting out of town for a vacation.

  34. Gardeniagirl says:

    I celebrate Guerlain today by wearing vintage Shalimar parfum – I opened a bottle that I have been saving for ever. Yesterday, I tried to find a shop that might carry Terracotta Le Parfum in Sweden, and was told (by several SA’s in different shops) that Guerlain is not a very popular brand in Sweden these days, and that most big perfume shops no longer carries them, or only carry a limited range of Guerlain scents. This was very sad to learn, I can’t believe that Guerlain of all brands could be called unpopular :(

    So, I’m protesting by proudly wearing Shalimar today, and I must say that I enjoy how rich and smooth this scent is, without being too sweet or cloying.

    • CM says:

      There’s nothing like vintage Shalimar!

    • Eva S says:

      It’s sad isn’t it, you can’t find Mitsouko for love or money anywhere in Sweden. Internet shopping it is!

  35. Jillie says:

    I’m wearing a little Guerlain gem that I came across completely by accident on eBay – With Love. It is a really delicate powdery rose, almost old-fashioned but not quite. It suits the cooler weather today and makes me feel happy. It is nothing like the famous rose-centric Nahema but you can faintly smell that they are members of the same family: With Love is the sweet, shy niece and Nahema the thoroughly glamorous, exotic and chic aunt!

  36. AnnieA says:

    Slow start to the day, but am wearing Vetiver Pour Elle so all is well.

    • Dilana says:

      Is that one discontinued?

      • AnnieA says:

        As of a couple of summers ago it was still around, but only in the occasional, full Guerlain boutique. I bought mine in Montreal, and it probably was in Toronto too.

  37. Dilana says:


  38. CM says:

    Day 5 of iris week brings me to Shalimar Parfum Initial L’Eau. There’s a nice hit of iris in the opening, so even though it’s not an “iris” perfume, there’s enough iris in there to qualify as iris to me. Plus, I don’t have any Iris Ganache. PIL is prob. my favorite incarnation of Shalimar outside of the original vintage formula. Yum!

  39. foxbins says:

    I’m wearing a few drops of my 60’s L’Heure Bleue parfum, I should wear it more before it evaporates on me but I will never find it again so I hoard it. So very pretty and very me.

  40. Eva S says:

    Today’s been sunny but not too warm, SOTD the beautiful d/c Plus Que Jamais. I only have a 10 ml decant but will follow Robin’s advice- use it or loose it!

  41. ihadanidea says:

    A little bit of an old sample of Cuir Beluga is scenting my wrist, but the rest of me is coated in (surprise surprise) Bois d’Iris by VC&A. It is becoming a signature. I don’t crave it in every mood, but so often it just feels right and makes me happy. It’s intelligent without being excessively challenging, and it has a sort of warmth on my skin that I think suits me well. This one is love for sure.

  42. Eleebelle says:

    Ever since I discovered Shalimar, every day has been a Guerlain day. Even on hot days. Fortunately, my office is frigid.

  43. Absolute Scentualist says:

    It was hard to narrow down something from the rather populated Guerlain corner in my cabinet, but after a few indecisive moments, I chose to wear Idylle Duet Rose-Patchouli. It’s been many months and since the morning was a bit chilly, I wanted something flowery but with more depth without being too heavy or gourmand today. It’s just perfect and I am glad I was able to get a bottle with some help from a lovely perfumista friend. :)

    • mals86 says:

      Argh,, when I was choosing I totally forgot my Idylle EdT!

      This is why I started the Use up the Decants project…

    • galbanumgal says:

      We’re scent cousins today. No way was I going to bust out the Shalimar in Aug, even though it’s not terribly hot. So I opted for Idylle Duet Jasmin-Lilas. Not show-stopping but pleasant and manages to not veer into functional product lilac territory.

      • Absolute Scentualist says:

        Hi Mals! :) You know, I haven’t tried the edt yet though I have been tempted. How does it compare to the original? I forget until I get out the bottle just how much I like the original edp since it’s so easy to wear and so pretty, and am trying to keep my head in the sand about the body cream (bet it’s fabulous) and the extrait. lol

        Galbanumgal, I am curious about that version of Idylle Duet, too, and am sometimes tempted to blind buy due to my silly flanker completest streak with perfumes I enjoy. So far I’ve resisted, but a positive review is encouraging. :)

  44. JolieFleurs says:

    By sheerest coincidence, I am sampling Iris Ganache today, from a Posse-swap partner. (Thank you, Ann!)

  45. sweetgrass says:

    I’m wearing vintage L’Heure Bleue today. And finding any excuse to have my nose on my wrist.

  46. marko says:

    I’m wearing Terracotta Voile d’Ete today, I always forget how much I like this carnation fragrance. Does anyone know if this was this the “original” Terracotta fragrance? Was there a version that proceeded the Voile d”Ete?

    • pyramus says:

      I am almost certain that Voile d’Ete was the first of the Terracotta scents. And isn’t it genius? So simple but so lush and summery. It’s one of my favourite carnations (and I have a bunch of them).

      • marko says:

        Thank you….and yes, it’s wonderful.

    • Jillie says:

      Oh, I wished I had worn that yesterday! So I shall wear it today instead. It really is very pretty.

  47. juicejones says:

    Parure edp. Perhaps my all time favorite.

    • 50_Roses says:

      I love Parure. I’m glad I bought a good-sized bottle of it while it was still being made.

      • Jillie says:

        So do I.

        • Jillie says:

          That came out wrong. I meant that I wished I had bought a bottle too!

  48. jjlook says:

    Some drops from my sample stash–Iris ganache, which is a little sweet (duh) and rich, but also got pleasantly confused when I decanted some Theo fennel this morning.

  49. Jonas says:

    Just drenched myself in L’Eau De L’Artisan. It’s very refreshing stuff for a hot day. On a side note, does anyone know any good sources for glass vials, atomizers, or droppers. I thought the local dollar store would be a good bet but no such luck.

    • C.H. says:

      I’ve been very happy with my purchases from Accessories for Fragrance (not affiliated, just a satisfied customer.)

      • 50_Roses says:

        Seconding Accessories for Fragrance. I have bought from them several times and been completely satisfied. Good quality items, reasonable prices, and fast shipping.

        • Jonas says:

          Thanks guys. I’ll check them out.

          • hajusuuri says:

            sks-bottle is also very cost-effective although you have to be prepared to buy larger quantities. For example, you have to buy in packs of 48 for 3,4,5,10mL atomizers but I go through them like water so that quantity works for me.

      • Jillie says:

        I’ve sometimes found really good bargains on eBay.

  50. Anna Stromberg says:

    A bit late to the party, but I wore L’Instant perfume today. The edp is my chosen version but this is ok also. It has that dense oily quality that many beacy scents have, and that’s not my favorite. My Guerlain to rule them all is L’heure bleu.

  51. Delacey says:

    Wearing Après l’Ondee today. I had to pack my option earlier this week, and the forecast for the west coast island was cloudy and rainy. Didn’t seem like Herba Fresca was going to fit, and that was my only other option. Sure enough, it rained last night and today feels very much like after the rain.

    • Delacey says:

      I’m not very familiar with Guerlain perfumes, and my local shops don’t have many to try. So, taking advantage of being in a bigger city, and armed with all these comments, I spent a good length of time at the Guerlain counter, sniffing away, rather like spending an afternoon wandering through a library and perusing unfamiliar books. Fun!

  52. tomate farcie says:

    I’m pretty thin on Guerlain…I do have and love Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune, great for hot weather. I love reading about all your Guerlains!

  53. tiffanie says:

    Terracotta After-Sun Cream is my Guerlain for today. It doesn’t do anything for my (lack of) tanning, but it smells wonderful. It goes nicely under just about everything I’ve layered it with. It captures the Terracotta perfume very closely, but is sweeter, without as much of the sparkle that the perfume has out of the bottle.

    I loved reading everyone’s Guerlain choices for today. You all smell great! :)

  54. fumemad says:

    Sort of Guerlain today with Chant d’aromes layered with prada infusion d’iris. One of my fav layerings. Am not v gd at discerning notes, but i think the mossy bits in CdA pairs well with IdI. Makes IdI last longer too.

    • Jillie says:

      Wow! I had never thought of layering my CdA, but as it is very fleeting these days that might be the way to go…..

      • fumemad says:

        Mine is vintage (70s possibly from what I can tell) but is not particularly longlasting. Around 4 to 5 hrs. Enjoying it while it lasts…. :)

        • Jillie says:

          The vintage is lovely. It was never particularly long lasting, but the modern formulation sadly disappears even more quickly. Years ago I would buy the extrait, which was beautiful.

  55. VeraJayne says:

    Hi everyone! Love Guerlain, this is fun! Enjoy reading all your picks. Wearing Cruel Gardenia today. I have had this for a couple of years, and have not shown it much love. I love gardenia but it smells like a soft floral with some gournand notes. The cruel part was the price lol. It is fleeting.Bottle is lovely .

    • AnnieA says:

      Half the time it could be called “Cruel Guerlain” with some of those prices…

  56. SmokeyToes says:

    Happy Guerlain Friday!
    I’m wearing Vintage Samsara perfume. :)

    • AnnieA says:

      I once had a jar of the body cream and it was very cuddly.

    • nebbe says:

      Love your cat avatar. I have a black cat, and he makes the same expression. Makes me smile every time.

    • Jillie says:

      One of my favourites – vintage Samsara. So smooth. You smell wonderful.

  57. Ah, Smokey Toes, Vintage Samsara, how lovely…

    The weather has turned cold in London, though it’s still sunny, so today it was Tonka Imperiale – warm, almondy and cosy and just right with my soft, cosy sweater.

    Enjoy the rest of Friday. As well as Polish army day today is a holiday in a lot of Europe because it is Assumption day – the day the Virgin Mary is supposed to have gone up into heaven. It’s the saint day of anyone called Maria!

  58. Helle says:

    I forgot… Wearing Paestum Rose today, which I bought at a steep discount a couple years ago and havent’t worn much at all. This summer I am loving it!

  59. Laila says:

    A warm summer day here, the only Guerlain on hand that’s suitable today is Vetiver (the men’s, 1990’s bottle) so that’s my SOTD. I love vetiver on a man, but I also enjoy wearing it and prefer Guerlain’s men’s version to the women’s.

    I gave a couple of extra spritzes for Jonas – sorry you were unable to find any yesterday but I was thinking of you!

    • hajusuuri says:

      I have to make it a point to try the Vetiver. Maybe I’ll stop by the hated Saks since that is within spitting distance from the office.

      • Laila says:

        I’ve heard since the 2000 reformulation it’s not near as good but haven’t personally tried the newer one.

  60. MikasMinion says:

    Ok, it is 99 in the shade here and the only Guerlain I have is vintage Mitsouko EDP which I just couldn’t face, especially since I had to go tread the aisles at the Landscaping Expo all day. I went with Pear + Olive instead. I still smell good even if I feel super grungy.

  61. rebeccat94 says:

    SOTD is Petite Robe Noir. I was going to go with Shalimar, but I figured why not go with something a little different?

  62. hajusuuri says:

    SOTD = Guerlain Shanghai

    How many Guerlain perfumes does one need to love to be considered a Guerlie Girl? I enjoyed every single Guerlain perfume I wore this week and this one is no exception. Shanghai is a skin scent pretty much from the get-go and mmmm good. You can go to Lucas’ blog (click on his name) to read a review of it plus other Guerlains during his Guerlain week series.

    I did my midtown NYC sniffa today to obtain some samples (scored my targets VC&A California Reverie and Heely Iris de Nuit). My intelligence gathering at Barneys revealed that the Le Labo City Exclusives will make their appearance starting September 1st and the Beauty Bag Event will be held September 10-14. I’m not affiliated.

    • CM says:

      Yay! It’s good to know when the Barneys Beauty Bag event is… Prob the best GWP I’ve seen, but cost to enter is high. I got a mini Bottega Venetta Eau Legere in the last one! (Not affiliated, either!)

      • hajusuuri says:

        I’ve noticed the increase and I ended up skipping the one in February. I usually reach that amount though if I need to replenish a La Mer product.

    • ihadanidea says:

      Been *loving* my sample of Iris de Nuit.

      • hajusuuri says:

        Mine was teeny tiny AND I had to use my own vial, not enough to transfer to an atomizer. On the other hand, I got bolder last week when I was at Twisted Lily and tried a lot of perfumes on skin with an alcohol soaked cotton ball and a wipe at the ready. One scrubber and wahoo, no instant rash either!

  63. perthgirl says:

    Warm and sunny today so I chose Terracotta Le Parfum. I’m sure it’s just Lys Soleia tweaked a bit… will do a side by side testing soon to see how different they are but I suspect not tooo much :-o

    • Jillie says:

      Perthgirl, that’s what I expected from reading the notes!! Do let us know what you discover from your testing. And if indeed they are very similar I will feel so much better about not being able to get a bottle, or even a sample!

  64. Laurels says:

    Jicky edt for me. I’d like to try one of the skankier versions, but the edt is really nice.

  65. scentfromabove says:

    One thing I really enjoy about the “themed polls” is that even if I don’t own any of the themed scents, I learn which ones are worth trying. I don’t own any Guerlain fragrances. I can’t believe not a one! I looked through the hundred of samples I own, and still…..nothing.
    Today, rather this whole week, has been rough on me. I’m so glad the weekend is finally here. My SOTD was Tom Ford’s Mandarino Di Amalfi. Another nicely done fragrance by the gorgeous Tom Ford.

    • hajusuuri says:

      I hope your weekend is better and next week is doubly good.

      Tom Ford is eye candy for sure but there was a point in time when he let himself go and then decided that it was bad for the brand image. Heh, maybe I’m thinking of Alec Baldwin who can be dropdead gorgeous one minute and then a piggy slob the next with personality to match it.

  66. cloudywings says:

    sotd : vol de nuit. it’s been cool rainy & overall grey and gloomy so vol de nuit provided some envelopping comfort like a lush scented cloud.

  67. Celestia says:

    My first love was Un Air de Samsara, but as my familiarity with the brand grew, I chose Chant D’Aromes as my favourite. On Friday, I wore Champs-Elysees…Too Much, just to be different. Going out to dinner to celebrate my birthday this week, I wore Apres L’Ondee.

  68. cazaubon says:

    Late posting, but I wore L’Instant Magic Elixir. A crime that it has been discontinued.

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