Got my eBay steal of Guerlain Liu in the mail today, so I’m doing a quick tryout and review.
Top notes: Bergamot, neroli
Heart Notes: Jasmine, May rose, iris
Base Notes: Amber, vanilla, woods
This goes on very citrusy, very much the bergamot dominating, quickly the jasmine, rose and iris show up and blend in. There’s a very light vanilla and amber which deepen the whole composition, with the iris adding in the powdery touch. A very soft, elegant floral. I find myself sniffing my arm since I’ve had it on just to see what it has done next. I’m glad they have brought this one back. I believe right now it is available only in the Paris shop, though I’m not entirely sure of that; it may be in wider distribution.
This was made for Rose Kennedy in 1933, allegedly she wanted her own Chanel No. 5. I don’t know how Chanel-like this is, I’m not a No. 5 fan and haven’t smelled it in quite some time. Liu very much has the Guerlain base. If you don’t like Guerlains in general, you probably won’t like this one. If you like Guerlain, you will likely love this. I’m in the love column on this, and I don’t love all the Guerlains, they just don’t all work on me, particularly Shalimar. This is not overly powdery like some of the Guerlains.
This has to be my best perfume score so far this year.