Guerlain Pois de Senteur was created in 1917, based on the sweet pea with some citrus and spices thrown in over the traditional Guerlain vanilla base. It’s almost impossible to find much more information on this fragrance as far as specific notes. So when some dropped into my hands, I was pretty delighted. It’s a much more transparent sweet pea than Caron’s Pois de Senteur. Where Caron’s goes all dark and beautiful, Guerlain’s is shot through with glorious light, jazzed up enough to be interesting. Sweet Pea has never been my favorite note, though I’ve loved the darkness of Caron’s treatment, but I do wish Guerlain would bring back their Pois de Senteur for a limited run, at the least. It’s really quite beautiful and would be a great addition to the line, landing in the creamy floral territory that is Guerlain’s trademark.
A very sweet, lovely fellow decanter passed on teensy drops of Serge Lutens Sarrasins that are going around. Holy Moly! Camphorish open similar to Tubereuse Criminelle, landing in a bitter almond that balances perfectly between sweet, bitter and camphor, engaging perfection. This will be a much loved fragrance in the same way TC is loved. Due to be released in September. Can’t wait to have a big bottle to splash.
Gosh, that was pretty short! To make up for my lameness because I’m headed out of town, I’ll do a drawing. 🙂 A sample of Guerlain Pois de Senteur and four of the Memoire Liquide new things from Bendel’s/Fred Segal (winner’s choice) — a line I’m enjoying, they’re not complex fragrances, but lend themselves well to layering.