March September 18, 2008

Well... I agree these would be nice in a nibble size, but they are not calling out to me. It doesn't sound like they made you feel like a girlish she-woman either or whatever that was. ;)

Melissa September 18, 2008

Oh, I wonder if it was the same woman who visited our NM for a Guerlain trunk sale last May. She clearly steered the direction of our purchases according to looks and skin types. I tend to trust my nose! But, she wound up recommending fragrances that I would have purchased anyway. I wonder what would have happened had I disagreed? "No! I must have the Cruel Gardenia". "But Madame, your skin has yellow undertones! You cannot!"

Lee September 18, 2008

Such a gap between copy and product, it seems...:-?

Elle September 18, 2008

I'm afraid that for me these only bring to mind the most lackadaisical, slight loosening of a bodice. They simply lack any real depth or oomph to my nose. I may end up w/ a decant of Oriental Brulant, but definitely not a full bottle. However, must say that I can see potential in all of them and if they just had had a *bit* more time devoted to them, they might have been brilliant. I can see them being very appealing in parfum form.

Maura September 18, 2008

Your kitty cat has good taste! The Chypre Fatale is my favorite of the three! I wore this the other day and the drydown was so familiar...Tom Ford Noir de Noir! They were very close but the openings are different. The Chypre Fatale is reminiscent of Lady Vengenance in the beginning with added peach. Fantastic lasting power too! I'll have to retry the Oriental Brulant as I completely missed the incense on this. For some reason...I immediately thought of Dior Cologne Blanche with this one. Strange?? :-)

Debbie September 18, 2008

I'm glad some are loving them. I was completely bored by them. One of them was like a stripped down Iris Ganache, so that wasn't bad, but for cryin-out loud. There's IRIS GANACHE, which I think is ten times the scent any of these are. I agree, they should have come out in little bottles, either singly or as a coffret.

trinity September 18, 2008

I can only tell you about Oriental Brulant. I had a temporary fit of insanity and ordered the darn thing UNSNIFFED. Guess it's a good thing I wasn't looking at cars that day! Anyway, I find it warm, comforting, it def has that Guerlainaide base, the almond note is fairly promient. In fact, it goes on a touch masculine on me at first, but then it settles down quite nicely, and blends with the vanilla. And guess what? I get LEATHER from this. I swear I do. I've worn it several times already, and I get that delicious faint whisp of leather each time. This one will be a total staple in my cold-weather rotation. Is is worth what I paid for it? Not sure yet, but then I think most scents are over-priced anyway. Do I love it? I most certainly do. :x

Silvia September 18, 2008

You have just murdered me... want a bottle of OB NOW !!! Can Bd'A be improved ???

Silvia September 18, 2008

When I read my beloved "Bois d'Armenie" being mentioned, my heart stopped beating and on top of that LizS not only concurs, but even says Oriental Brulant is actually BETTER than Bd'A... all of a sudden my interest in these releases has been revamped !

Louise September 18, 2008

Hmm, I am now more confoosed 8-} I think I'll just forget the ad copy and ignore all the various descriptors, and just, well try them for myself...now there's an independent move :d/ And thanks, Patty-I have a date with myself to go to Saks today and check out the new Chanel collection...the Beige quad et al :-$

carmencanada September 18, 2008

Hi Patty! I sympathize with the loss of the sample -- I have to hide all my vials from my Siamese demoness Jicky! Judging from the two above comments, Catherine's and Liz's, the Elixirs can definitely inspire love. I found them lovely but wasn't entirely bowled over (copy + price point, and also the excess sweetness of the Gourmand and the Oriental). The Chypre may actually be the most interesting of the trio. It's a "chypre light", i.e. recognizably Chypre-ish in the style of, say, Parure, but with less complexity and depth. They last forever on paper strips (three weeks).

LizS September 18, 2008

omg omg omg i am dying over Oriental Brulant. i love it so much. its perfect. i thought i loved bois d'armenie but i was SO WRONG. i can not contain my love. i would bathe in it but that would be $$$$$ i need back up bottles for my back up bottles. i originally read the post on the marketing copy here, and i was turned off, but then i smelled it! then i smelled it after a few hours...utter heaven in a scent. i dont get clementine. i dont get almond. i get the most perfect ambergis, is that even in here?? usually guerlain turns weird-ish on me after several hours, but not this! i will be abandoning my bois d'armenie which does that...i agree they need a travel set...

Catherine September 18, 2008

As someone who hasn't been able to wear/stomach the older Guerlains (other than Jicky--I must have my Jicky), I'm become ecstatic to find the newer releases. This past year was coming into the L'A&M series, and the Elixirs are a new joy. My caveat: What I wanted to find for the fall were comforting, almost effortless scents--not necessarily a new "masterpiece" that blows everything out of the water like Onda or, for me, Iris Ganache--that are exquisite. Guerlain lived up to my wish--even if that wish wasn't the wish of others. All of them are so soft, and softness is what I crave. Oriental Brûlant: At first, the faint threads of both Bois d'Armenie and Attrape Coeur spring out, then the juicy clementines spill forth. I get a lot of clementine, Patty--once more signifying that chemisty/noses can make a different. Then the almonds rise up, just powdery enough to keep the scent from being fruity. And from that point on, it's just marvelous. I could wear this all fall and winter and be content. Definitely full-bottle for me. Chypre Fatal strikes me as the "no-brainer" scent the woman from Nordstrom was talking about in Chicago. A bit sweeter than most chypres, yet with that crisp edge that makes me think of walking through fallen leaves. I don't have any "little black dress" scents, other than Jicky, but this would qualify in my book. At the same time, I haven't sought out many of the "new" kind of chypres (other than Roja Dove--and I don't smell the patchouli in that one or in Chypre Fatale), so I don't know how it differs from those. Enough? The vanilla that rises forth deep in the dry down keeps it different for me--again, soft. A soft stole-like scent. Hubby loves it. Gourmand Coquin: The first second I tried it, I thought: Iris Ganache, but rose-y and so much more! This is a giggling scent. A "Marie Antoinette" scent. I more sense the chocolate than smell it. The pepper and spice keep the fragrance far away from American-sugar-sweetness. I like it best in the dry down, after about an hour. Not sure where/when I would wear it, except to accompany my French Pink (that's the name) painted office as my fluffy cat lays on his back in the sun. Yep--that's the image of Gourmand Coquin. A fluffy cat lazing around in a bright pink room. Dispels all gloom.

violetnoir September 18, 2008

Hey woman! Yeah, I'm thinking these aren't all that. It could be that I am still disappointed in the shameless drivel March reported to us last week that Guerlain is passing off as marketing for this trio, but I am disgusted with Guerlain in general these days. They don't want my money, 'cause hey, I don't have any money to buy their new fragrances at those prices anyway. But, I must admit I am curious about the Oriental Brulant. (So sorry the Femme Fatale one had a fatal accident!) Angelique Noire is one of my favorites, so maybe I'll bring myself to at least test the OB, lol! :"> Have a beautiful, and fragrant, day, babe! Hugs!

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