This isn’t a true chypre in the purist sense, as it lacks oak moss, but the dry down notes certainly give the suggestion of belonging to that group.
Although this frag is fruity and somewhat sweet, it’s unique and stands apart from the typical ‘fruity floral’. It undenibly carries the ‘guerlainade’ signature. On my skin it lasts all day, 6 hours easy, with respectable but unobtrusive sillage.
This isn’t the typical clean, syrupy, and overdone fruity floral fragrance the notes might suggest. This borders on a unisex smell, albeit a feminine one. There’s something in the notes, not listed, beyond the patchouli, something peppery and earthy, that’s grounding the composition and keeping it from becoming too squeaky and cloying.
This is a mature, sophisticated scent. I couldn’t picture anyone under 30 pulling it off or even being able to afford it for that matter as it is rather pricey. I could see myself wearing it well into my 90s if I make it that long! Not that it’s an “old lady” scent, because it is not. It’s just refined.
I bought a full bottle but reserve its use for occasions when I mean business, literally, tailored suit and all. This scent means I’m serious, ready to get down to business, and on my toes. It means I’m not some damsel that needs rescue. No! I have a voice and can hold my own. Even if I AM wearing heels and pearls, don’t underestimate me or I’ll catch you off guard! lol It makes me think of Katherine Hepburns’ spirit and independence and Dagney Taggarts’ strength and headstrong stubborness. They make everything look so graceful and effortless. You never see them sweat.
Despite some negative reviews, I think this is the modern ideal of what a Guerlain perfume should be. It’s high quality, sophisticated, and graceful. Some might mistake it for highbrow snobbery and maybe even highway robbery, especially with its current cost. But I believe it worthy of its exclusivity. It’s timeless and just beautiful.
Top notes: white peach
Heart notes: spicy rose
Base notes: patchouli, vanilla