Hi there Perfume Posse, Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies with my favourite fragrance house of them all. For some reason I have long felt that Guerlain is my house, that they are creating their fragrant fantasies just for me. Whether it’s my greatest love Shalimar, all the Aqua Allegorias (nearly every one I’ve tried has smelled good on me), Jicky to La Petite Robe Noire. All of them in different ways are lovely, though not all of them do I ever reach for. Not so long ago I grabbed my first bottle of Idyll, I don’t know why but I had never picked it up in store or ordered a decant, for some reason this lone Guerlain did not feel me. Who knows why? Could have been the marketing, the bottle, the notes (this is a fruit-chouli after all), anything. One day I did pick it up and SURPRISE! Perfection. So since I love Idyll so much I thought I should finally get my nose on its flanker Idylle Eau Sublime…..
Idylle Eau Sublime by Thierry Wasser for Guerlain 2011
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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Litchi, rose water
Heart: Rose, jasmine, peach
Base: Patchouli, musk
Ooooh! there is something furry in the opening, the litchi and rose water are sheer and wet, over the top of sweet, canned peachy fun. It feels like there is nothing even remotely natural in Idylle Eau Sublime. Though it’s not the same I get a similar feeling to Gucci Guilty women, there is a very perfumey-ness about Idylle Eau Sublime. Loads of breathy jasmine then moves in, it is sexy and with the canned peaches is a bit like kissing someone in the middle of dessert, the dessert has a whisper of rose water, maybe drizzled? As we make our way into the very lovely heart I am suddenly overpowered by rose and it’s a fresh cut, spicy, tea rose with cool dew still beaded from spritzing in the refrigerator.
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What is so weird about Idylle Eau Sublime through the opening and heart is the complete lack of vanilla or ice cream. I could be smelling a fragrance from almost any other house than Guerlain: Gucci, Narciso Rodriguez, L’Artisan, Lolita Lempicka. Anything but a Guerlain, unless it was part of the Aqua Allegoria range. I do get a nice hark back to those very perfumey fragrances that many of our Mums wore, a brittle sweetness that could also have been used in hairspray or nail polish. I keep coming upon scents with this little reminiscence, maybe I am ultra sensitive to a particular ingredient that reads like that to me. I like it a lot, like hugging Mum goodbye before she left for a night out.
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I don’t get a patchouli much, unless it is a facet totally cleaned and washed that has become so attenuated that it doesn’t resemble the scent that I associate with patchouli. Laundry musks, check, in spades. I’m going to be honest, Idylle Eau Sublime smells cheaper than I expected. Not bad, just not expensive: expensive is how I expect Guerlain to smell. I think you could very easily get a headache from Idylle Eau Sublime and it has one of those sheer/hefty sillages that makes it very noticeable, I bet it grabs heaps of compliments because it would cut through any other scent. Do I like it? Yes, I think I will definitely finish my 5ml decant. There is something creamy and angelic about it and very clean.
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Are there any flankers you like? Could you wear fruit-chouli or are you already converted? If so what’s your favourite?