Guerlain French Kiss ~ fragrance review

Guerlain French Kiss

Guerlain recently launched French Kiss, a new fragrance for women and the latest addition to its Elixirs Charnels collection. French Kiss’s release was timed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Guerlain’s KissKiss lipsticks, and it is described as a “glossy floral fragrance” with notes of raspberry, lychee, rose, violet, vanilla, heliotrope, iris and white musk.

I have quite a few favorites in Guerlain’s fragrance range (mainly the classic scents), and I’m also a fan of the brand’s cosmetics. I even own a KissKiss lipstick. And I typically love rose-and-violet perfumes. All in all, French Kiss sounded made for me. When I initially smelled it on a paper blotter, I was charmed by it. This week, however, I’ve been working my way through a sample vial and I’m feeling somewhat disenchanted…

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2014, part 8

As always, we have saved the luxury edition for last, and once again the items are listed in order from what-a-bargain to holy-cow-you’ve-got-to-be-kidding.

Thierry Mugler Alien Essence Absolue Crystal Collection

Starting off slow, from Thierry Mugler, Alien Essence Absolue in the Crystal Collection bottle: “Encrusted with Swarovski Crystals, the bewitching Alien nectar is captured inside an everlasting drop of gold that radiates a divine mystical energy. Alien Essence Absolue is a modern and decadent interpretation of Alien that will indulge the solar goddess in every woman.” 30 ml for $138 at Thierry Mugler

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Thierry Wasser awarded Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur

Guerlain’s in-house perfumer, Thierry Wasser, was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur medal this week in an intimate ceremony held in Paris. Marc-Antoine Jamet, secretary general of the LVMH Group, bestowed the honor, recalling the Swiss-born perfumer’s many achievements and highlighting his elegance “both in image and in his soul.”

— Read more at Guerlain’s New Knight: Perfumer Thierry Wasser Receives France’s Highest Honor at Style.

Holiday fragrance gifts 2014, part 1

It’s Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day — but either way, window shopping never hurts. We’re kicking off our annual string of holiday gift posts with scented bath & body products. More to come over the next few weeks!

Dries Van Noten Par Frédéric Malle Body Butter

From Frédéric Malle, Dries Van Noten Par Frédéric Malle Body Butter: “This unique perfume of natural sandalwood, saffron, vanilla, Peruvian balm, and patchouli heart lends itself well to the form of an extra rich body cream, rich in shea butter and beeswax. This extraordinary comfort and silk like richness encapsulates the vision of Dries Van Noten’s world.” At Barneys, $185…

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