Perfume Chat Room, October 7

Welcome to the weekly Perfume Chat Room, perfumistas! I envision this chat room as a weekly drop-in spot online, where readers may ask questions, suggest fragrances, tell others their SOTD, comment on new releases or old favorites, and respond to each other. The perennial theme is fragrance, but we can interpret that broadly. This is meant to be a kind space, so please try not to give or take offense, and let’s all agree to disagree when opinions differ. In fragrance as in life, your mileage may vary! YMMV.

Today is Friday, October 7, and this week has brought lots of fragrance activity! First, I posted my last monthly “Scent Semantics” post on Monday, focusing on the word “serenity” (which is the first part of this blog’s full title, “Serenity Now: Scents and Sensibilities.” Then, today, my precioussss package arrived from the Guerlain boutique in Las Vegas, which I was able to visit last week. I bought three eaux de toilette from the line “Les Legendaires”: Après l’Ondée, L’Heure Bleue, and Vol de Nuit. The lovely sales assistant who helped me also sent a flock of samples from the collection “L’Art et La Matière”, both boxed samples and a few she made up for me, of fragrances I had liked in the boutique.

My Guerlain precioussses

I am so excited to have these! I love the new bottles, and I loved how these new versions smelled when I sampled them. Elena Prokeva at Fragrantica wrote about the “new” L’Heure Bleue very favorably, and commented that “[i]n general, the entire line of Les Légendaires de Guerlain is magnificent: one gets the feeling that classic fragrances have been dusted off and placed under a magnifying glass, which helps to see their beauty better. It seems they are better than the previous attempts to re-release the same Guerlain classics; the new ones are much more similar to originals, to the best vintage samples.”

I’ll report back upon further testing. Have you had any fragrant adventures or revelations this week?

Guerlain boutique in Las Vegas

18 thoughts on “Perfume Chat Room, October 7

  1. i tried L Heure Bleue some days ago on holidays in France, but this is too much violet and powder for me. i finally get on with Mitsouko and bought a used bottle of the EDT, which i love more than the EDP.

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  2. As the family health situation has gone from bad to worse & I have sold a number of fragrances & unworn clothing on I jumped on & blind bought a Guerlain Ltd Ed. Shalimar Millesime Tonka. I still need to save for Hera but more stuff will be listed this weekend & I so needed a treat!

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  3. Congratulations on getting the trio! The last time I was in a Guerlain boutique was probably at Epcot last summer. Someone snatched up the last bottle of L’Heure Bleue and the tester was taken away before I had a chance to smell it. I tried a bunch of Aqua Allegorias instead.

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  4. Hi everyone – I’ve heard so many good things about “the Guerlain boutique in Las Vegas!” I’ve never thought I’d like Las Vegas, but the appeal of that boutique and some dining, and the Neon Museum, may finally get me to go. Now, it seems there two Guerlain boutiques in LV: is the Bellagio the one-stop, or are both good? Jealous of your Apres L’Ondee. When the new line came out, I waivered between that and Nahema. I have a lovely bee bottle of Nahema and my curiosity to compare made me go with that. I did not see much difference. Maybe it’s the same with A l’O? I’ll look forward to your thoughts!

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    • I think the one in the Bellagio might now be the only one on the Strip? There isn’t one in the Venetian/Grand Canal Shops any more. Also, there are several Cirque du Soleil shows to see, that are only in Las Vegas. We went to The Beatles Love for the second time, it’s fantastic! We stayed in the new Hilton Resorts World, which I liked because it’s at one end of the Strip, and if you get a room on the side facing the city, especially on a high floor, the view is spectacular. It’s also very new, so sparkling clean. And all the toiletries are Byredo’s Mojave Ghost, which you can read about in my Scent Semantics post!


  5. OOOHH OH! What splendid shopping and SO MANY samples. Fabulous.
    When they first arrived in Oz I grabbed a Vol de Nuit and a Chamade in those new revisited bottles. This streamlined look is much more my style though I know many who are mourning the loss of the mini bees.
    I hope your new fragrances bring you years of spritzing pleasure.
    Portia x

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  6. I’m still in the mode where I don’t have energy or time enough to pick what perfume to wear, let alone having any fragrant adventures, so I’ll be reading about yours instead 🙂

    I’m curious about VdN: I’m still crying over not getting the extrait version while it was still available. But I might consider EdT if I like it.

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