My invisible tattoo, my fragrance, Mon Guerlain.
Mon Guerlain, the House’s new fragrance, is a tribute to today’s femininity – a strong, free and sensual femininity, as inspired by Angelina Jolie.
Honestly, I happened to watch several “Perfume Junkies” on YouTube rave and rave about Mon Guerlain and began lusting after it. I’ve only ever sniffed the Eau de Toilette when I’d received several samples of it from Sephora earlier (here), but had yet to sniff the Eau de Parfum. That said, surely all those people couldn’t be wrong…
So, during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition at Mishref Fair Grounds, I hit up the Guerlain booth and purchased the Eau de Parfum. It was a total blind-buy because I didn’t even bother giving it a sniff beforehand. In addition to the nice little discount, I received a cute little Guerlain Pink Pouch as a Gift with Purchase and several other Guerlain Fragrance Samples from the Absolus d’Orient Collection which was pretty sweet (even more fragrances to play around with)!
Your fragrance Mon Guerlain in its “quadrilobe” bottle : created in 1908, the bottle established itself as one of Guerlain’s iconic bottles.
Simple and graphic, it echoes an alchemist’s bottle and owes its name to its stopper, which is crafted from one piece to obtain a shape resembling four lobes.
A century later, beautifully enhanced by a luxurious glass weight and a golden adornment, this bottle offers a contrast between strong taut lines and sensual curves, expressing contemporary femininity.
I’ll be the first to attest, that it can get pretty confusing keeping track of which bottle is which version. Basically, the little band at the neck of the bottle is only Gold on the Eau de Parfum, whereas on the Eau de Toilette, the little band is actually Silver. Every other flanker has a different colored band as well (ranging from Rose-Gold to Light Pink and Dark Pink and so on).
I tried to capture the quadrilobe bottle and the cap, from different angles, to the best of my ability. It was trickier than I’d anticipated. Also, in hindsight, maybe I shouldn’t have gone with the 100mL/3.3 fl oz. bottle because this thing was quite heavy! That said, the glass bottle itself was quite elegant and despite my aversion to all things gold, even the gold band seemed appropriate! The peachy-pink liquid inside, other than being feminine was quite cute! However, I found the cap to be… hideous (it seemed like a misshapen mushroom lol) which detracted from the overall prettiness of the bottle.
All in all, Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum looked beautiful, elegant and ladylike erected on my vanity!
Top Notes: Carla Lavender, Bergamot
Heart Notes: Jasmine Sambac, Iris, Rose
Base Notes: Tahitian Vanilla, Australian Sandalwood, Coumarin, Benzoin, Licorice, Patchouli
Once I got home and unboxed this baby, I spritzed it on expecting to be blown away! That was not the case…
From the very first spritz (which was an exceptionally fine mist), all I could smell was a bathroom smell… which was what I tend to associate with Lavender. My heart sank as I quickly checked the fragrance notes listed online and found out that Lavender was not only included, but was also the feature note! Ugh!
I couldn’t believe that once again, I’d splurged on a total blind-buy (even with the discount, this baby was not cheap), and once again, gotten the largest size available (so sure I was going to love it, based on all the rave reviews) and once again, was sorely disappointed! It only went downhill from there, as the scent became even more floral-y as time went on (I wasn’t averse to the Iris, but the rest was too “floral-y”).
A few minutes later, something magical happened! A wonderful Soft Vanilla scent made an appearance! Backed by the Benzoin (which gave the scent that “Sweet Almonds” vibe) and Sandalwood (which always smells intoxicating to me), the Tahitian Vanilla smelled deliciously sweet! Coupled together with all those those florals (namely Lavender which added that fresh or “clean” aspect and Iris which added that powdery quality) the over-all scent was surprisingly delightful! It wasn’t loud and obnoxious. It was quiet and subtle. It was nothing like those generic, overly sweet, juvenile, vanilla fragrances. Mon Guerlain was quite elegant and sophisticated! The florals added a wonderful softness and freshness to the sweetness! Mon Guerlain felt like a Vanilla fragrance… for Adults!
I never would’ve thought that the Lavender/Vanilla combo could be so, so, so good! Granted, I did pick up a Bath & Body Works Earth Sign Zodiac Single Wick Candle in the past (here) because I found the Lavender/Vanilla combo intriguing in that as well. I’ll be sure to make a conscious effort to not dismiss Lavender/Vanilla scents (purely based on my dislike of Lavender) anymore, because some of them settle into a surprisingly delightful aroma! If you’re testing out Mon Guerlain or thinking of purchasing it, I’d suggest giving it enough time to settle on your skin before making a decision, because it’s more of a “slow-burn” and actually becomes more beautiful with time!
Initially, I was extremely disappointed by Mon Guerlain, but over time, and with regular use, I’ve grown to not only appreciate it, but dare I say it, fallen in love! I could see what all those people had raved about! Mon Guerlain was a beautiful, delicate, feminine, powdery, floral-vanilla scent! It was very sexy, but in an understated, elegant way! Unlike certain scents that when worn, felt like being surrounded by an oxygen-sucking dense fog (for example, Maison Lancome Oud Bouquet Eau de Parfum), in contrast Mon Guerlain felt like being cuddled by a soft pink cloud of sophisticated femininity!
Sometimes, it would disappear on me, only to reappear randomly with a change in temperature (particularly when I’m outside in the heat) or with a slight breeze or random movement or what-have-you, putting a smile on my face! As such, I tend to
douse myself spritz it on quite generously (it’s nearly impossible to overdo it). Lastly, even though I might not able to smell it on myself all the time, people (mostly men) are constantly (and I mean constantly) complimenting me on it!
All in all, Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum was absolutely exquisite!
x2 Santal Royal Eau de Parfum
x2 Musc Noble Eau de Parfum
x2 Encens Mythique Eau de Parfum
At the check-out counter, the cashier tossed a handful of Guerlain Fragrance Samples from the Absolus d’Orient Collection (foncy, foncy) all of which had that distinct, traditional, Arabic Vibe going for them. I believe they’re all marketed as being unisex.
x2 Santal Royal Eau de Parfum (sample)
A rich wood with a sacred aura
Top Notes: Neroli, Jasmine
Heart Notes: Peach, Rose, Cinnamon
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Leather, Amber, Oud, Musk
Santal Royal is the one our local Sephora seems to be pushing on us consumers… hard. In fact, I actually received a mini bottle (the kind that you have to blot on) as part of the Sephora 2018 Magical Holiday Gift (here). That said, it’s not hard to see why. Out of all 3 fragrance samples, Santal Royal was hands down the nicest! The Cinnamon and Leather and Sandalwood and Oud were all so complimentary to each other! In fact, Santal Royal straight up smelled like actual Bukhoor! If I was going to purchase any of the perfumes from the Absolus d’Orient Collection, it would definitely be Santal Royal!
x2 Musc Noble Eau de Parfum (sample)
A harmony of musk and a majestic rose.
Top Notes: Saffron, Pink Peppercorn, Aldehydes
Heart Notes: Rose, Musk, Geranium
Base Notes: Labdanum, White Amber, Cedar, Leather, Orris, White Musk
Musc Noble smelled really, really bad to me! It had a sour pungent floral aroma mixed with sickly sweet baby diapers. I got that choke-y feeling at the back of my throat and later on, a straight up headache! After some time, on my skin, it turned into that cat-urine smell, which was a quality that was typically found in certain honey fragrances. It did eventually turn slightly woodsy after some time, but between the Aldehydes and the Orris, my poor nose was dying! Once it finally settled down on my skin, it was actually a somewhat sweet, somewhat powdery, Rose scent, which although delightful, wasn’t enough to warrant all the abuse that came before it lol
Mancera Roses Greedy Eau de Parfum is a far superior “dupe”, which takes you straight to sweet powder-y Rose (minus all that other stuff)! In fact, come Spring/Summer I wear Roses Greedy almost exclusively to all outdoor events!
x2 Encens Mythique Eau de Parfum (sample)
A smoky effect, a divine emotion
Top Notes: Rose, Aldehydes, Saffron
Heart Notes: Pink Pepper, Vetiver, Patchouli
Base Notes: Incense, Ambergris, Olibanum
Despite the presence of Aldehydes (which to be fair, were less offensive in this fragrance), I could strongly detect the Saffron (which I tend to enjoy in fragrances) on my skin, which coupled with the Rose was pretty nice, actually! It was lightly sweet and powdery. Not a moment later, there was something strong, sour and masculine, possibly the Vetiver. Once everything had dried down, Encens Mythique (apt name) smelled delightfully woodsy! I could see myself spritzing Encens Mythique on my Coats and Jackets during Winter or maybe just spraying it directly overhead and letting it lightly mist me instead (because it’s a bit overpowering). In any case, Encens Mythique is not really my typical style, but I can’t help myself from going back in for another sniff and another and another!
Also at the check-out counter, the cashier tossed this thing in my shopping bag.
It’s a makeup pouch and it’s pink and it’s kinda’ cute. Not much else to say.
Guerlain Mon Geurlain Eau de Parfum was released in March 2017. You can still purchase it at our local Sephora. The 50mL retails for KD 35/750 and the 100mL retails for KD 48/500. I got the 100mL for KD 39/000 instead of KD 48/500 because they reduce prices during the semi-annual Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (that takes place at Mishref Fair Grounds twice a year).
As I said, if you’re thinking of purchasing Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum, be sure to give it enough time to dry drown before making any decisions, because it’s more of a “slow-burn” and only becomes more beautiful with time!