Category: Jean-Paul Guerlain

Guerlain Muguet 2015

Image Robert Doisneau Each May Guerlain release a Muguet eau de toilette. It is a spin on the French tradition of giving and receiving small bouquets of lily-of-the-valley on May 1. The original Guerlain Muguet was composed by Jacques Guerlain in 1908 and a new perfume of the same name was composed by Jean-Paul Guerlain in 1998. Since 2006 (except…

digging (into) vintage: Guerlain Chamade, 1969

Image, Gregory Crewdson. Perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain. Chamade captures the olfactory gestalt of Springtime like no other perfume. It smells like fresh stems, flowers, moisture, soil and rot. Succulence and indolence. More than a summary of notes, though, it smells like the sensations of Spring. It combines the acceleration of exploding growth and the leisurely pace of a world thawing over…

Guerlain Champs Elysée, 1996

Perfumer Jean-Paul Guerlain Champs Elysee starts off with competing notes of a sharp sweetness and an insecticide-floral.  They merge for a bit, then the insecticide (which I’d hoped would win) gives way to a sweet, bland floral.  It’s blaring, though.  It’s like sitting near a very loud conversation in a language you don’t understand.  You can’t escape the volume, but…