Pierre Guillaume Perfumes: What should I try?

Hiya Perfume Posse,

I have a small collection of beautiful fragrances from Pierre Guillaume. There is something rich and luscious in his treatment of scent that regularly works with my chemistry. Also, to be completely honest, I think he is very handsome and always looks kind of friendly, even in the most ridiculously serious sexy shots. As a bit of a fan boy I thought I could turn over to you all and find out which in his line I should try. As you lot at the Perfume Posse have tried just about EVERYTHING I bet with myself that if I left the floor open to you all you would help me pick my next 3 samples from the Pierre Guillaume lines. So go on, give me a hand please.

Pierre Guillaume Perfumes

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From Parfumerie Generale site: In 2002, aged just 25, he launched his first composition baptised “Cozé”, which the American perfume critic Chandler Burr (New York Times & GQ USA) described as “the coolest of new European fragrances from a young French chemist”, and created his own perfume house Parfumerie Generale

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Parfumerie Generale

Tubereuse Couture
Praline de Santal

Huitieme Art Parfums

Ambre Ceruleen
Liqueur Charnelle

I have tried and liked a few more than this and have a few Pierre Guillaume Perfumes on my To Buy List but what would you recommend I try from his lines and why? Perfumerie Generale, Huitieme Art, Pierre Guillaume Croisiere Collection or Phaedon I’m open to testing them all. What I want to know is which ones move you? Which ones make your heart sing, and why?
Portia xx

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  • Brooke says:

    I love and own a fb of L’Ombre Fauve. I feel like a sexy furry kitty when I wear it! Also love Bois Blond too

  • Neva says:

    I love Grand Siecle Intense. It’s such a lovely and well rounded citrus scent.

    …and Pierre Guillaume looks fabulous – I agree!

    • Portia says:

      Hi there Neva,
      Grand Siecle Intense is a very cool name. Citrus you say? Like a cologne?
      Portia xx

      • Neva says:

        Hi Portia! Sorry for the late reply. It is kind of a cologne, but Grand Siecle Intense has more depth I’d say.

  • Dina C. says:

    Portia, I have and enjoy PG Papyrus de Ciane, which is unisex and full of galbanum. I’ve also got PG Iris Oriental. It’s a heavier, sweet, oriental iris. Good for winter.

  • Suzy Q says:

    Hi Portia! Yes, he is gorgeous–and yet approachable. I own a bottle of Bois Naufrage, a woody fig that is intriguing because it smells slightly different every time I wear it. Harmatan Noir shares a similar sensibility but it is a tea scent. I only have a sample of that one but I’d like more! The new cruise (?) line–I can’t remember what it’s called–sounds good. Maybe you can get it in Australia. I don’t think it’s available in the US yet.

    • Portia says:

      Hi SuzyQ,
      Someone else has told me to try Harmatan Noir recently. I think it’s an omen.
      No we still don’t have the new line, I’ll be in London and Europe early next year so hopefully I’ll get to smell it then.
      Portia xx

  • carole says:

    Why note try Mangue Metisse, or vohina? I bet you would suit either of these fragrances really well. And if you do try some, I look forward to hearing your thoughts. these two are a bit on the feminine side of things-I gave my brother the Peaf fragrance-ciel, I think it was-and another brother the Aube Pashminafragrance. Both of those a good choices, too-the marigold in AP is truly fabulous.

    • Portia says:

      Hey Carole,
      I have tried Vohina but I can’t remember it, thanks for the reminder.
      Aube Pashmina sounds great. I LOVE marigolds, they remind me of my Grandma and my Mum who both liked to grow them. Grandma had to biuld chicken wire cages over them because where she lived the Magpies would uproot the seedlings and eat them.
      Portia xx

  • Ann says:

    Howdy, Portia! I’m seconding Glannys above on the Cadjmere, although I think I love Indochine just a wee bit more. Also, I only have a sample of Huitieme Art Myrrhiad, but it’s so beautiful in chilly weather!

    • Portia says:

      Hi there Ann,
      The Huitieme Art perfumes all work for me, I could buy every bottle and know that they’d be used. My Ambre Ceruleen has about 30% air in it.
      Portia xx

  • BarbaraJ says:

    Hi Portia,
    I have but one of PG’s fragrances, but your post as well as the others here, are encouraging me to try some more. I’m really echoing Nancysg’ comments, as, to me, I am reminded of those hot summer days in the Midwest when I wear Bois Blonde. This year up in the Washington Peninsula we are experiencing unusually hot weather not unlike my earlier years in Oklahoma when the grass turned brown and the winds (if we had any at all) were hot and dry. This perfume evokes that feeling. Back then, it meant time to hit the city pools. Up here, though, there’s but one pool – indoors – and no one has their own because it normally doesn’t get hot enough.

    • Portia says:

      WOW! I can’t imagine not having pools available. One of my absolute pleasures is being fully submerged. In the house we grew up in we were 50% dry and 50% wet in summer. It’s the biggest thing I miss about living there. Luckily in our current apartment in Sydney there are 4 public pools within walking distance.
      Portia xx

  • Inês says:

    Hi Portia!
    If you like fig, you have to try Jardin de Kerylos. It’s wonderful!
    Picture a dry hot day, and you’re under a fig tree, just enjoying it’s shadow and that lingering smell.
    For me, it’s so nostalgic. It brings me back to my childhood!

    • Portia says:

      Hi there Inez,
      Great to see you. Is Jardin de Kerylos reminiscent of any of the other figs on the market?
      Portia x

  • Barbara B says:

    Have never tried a PG fragrance , even though Coze and Indochine have been on my to-try list forever. Will have to remedy this based on your post!

  • Figuier says:

    Great question! – I *love* PG’s aesthetic, but haven’t actually tried the 8e art or Phaedon scents so am eagerly taking notes! I have a FB of Indochine and also really enjoy Bois Blond, which smells of late summer fields to me, and L’Ombre Fauve, outrageousy rich & wonderfully shadowy; also L’Oiseau de Nuit and Bois Naufrage…

    • Portia says:

      OOOOOOH! Figuier! Some very nice ones in your list. I am seated at the computer in a haze of Indochine honeyed caramel woods with a very slight dry pepper kick. It’s heavenly. MMMMM
      Loads of love for L’Ombre Fauve and I think Tara from Olfactoria’s Travels made me try it in BLOOM in London last year but I was sniffing so much that its fragrance eludes my memory. Thanks.
      Portia xx

  • Michele42 says:

    One of my favorites is Cuir d’Iris. If you love leather, this is a great one. And it’s so beautiful with the iris! I think it can be worn year ’round too. For me, it seems to smell different in cold weather and warm.

    • Portia says:

      Hi Michele42,
      Is Cuir Iris a bit like Bottega Venetta? Somehow I seem to remember thinking there was a correlation?
      Portia xx

  • Janice says:

    Hi Portia,
    I like a lot of Pierre Guillaume’s fragrances too. He does so many perfumes for so many different lines that it’s hard to keep up with them all. If you haven’t tried Aomassai I’d recommend it just because it’s so unusual (and the vetiver drydown is very different from the hazelnutty opening). Another of my favorites is Daimiris, which he did for Laboratorio Olfattivo—boozy iris and saffron. And I keep meaning to get more of Djhenne, which is a sort of odd, foody lavender scent.

    • Portia says:

      Hey Janice,
      I keep forgetting that he did some work for Laboratorio Olfattivo, good call. I will relook them up. Aomassi sounds divine too. So is it dry or sweet?
      Portia xx

      • Janice says:

        It starts out very sweet but fades to a drier, grassy/woods scent. We used to have some old lacquered rattan patio furniture and it reminds me of the scent of that, maybe after it rains and everything is a little damp.

  • Nancysg says:

    Bois Blonde is a green, but dry grain scent with a wood drydown. I like it In August. Reminds me of wheat harvest from my childhood.

    • Portia says:

      Interesting Nancysg.
      My Mum’s family comes from the sheep & wheat belt of Australia, there are still family ties to the land and as kids we would go down for holidays. I know that smell very well. You have me intrigued.
      Portia xx

  • Cyndi Hunter says:

    Portia! Thanks for highlighting my Favorite Perfumer EVER! If I had a ka-jillion dollars I would buy, without hesitation, every offering of his. But I live in the real (working class) world, so I own L’Ombre Fauve, Cadjmere, Liqueur Charnelle and Poudre de Riz- all masterpieces IMO!

    • Portia says:

      Hi there Cyndi Hunter,
      Most of us are working class nowadays. No matter how much you have after a couple of months out of work we’d all be in trouble.
      How beautiful is Liqueur Charnelle? Such a glamorous fragrance, so elegant.
      Portia xx

  • Glannys says:

    I like his Cadjmere – a warm woody scent, slightly milky. And a touch of coconut.
    And though I cannot make up my mind whether I like or dislike the following two, but they are worth trying anyway – Harmatan Noir and Querelle. I guess I need to try them again myself.
    Harmatan Noir is an unusual combination of fresh, spicy and saly notes. Querelle is spicy, smoky and a little animalic.

    • Portia says:

      Hey Glannys,
      I think there is a small decsant of Cadjmere in the house somewhere and thanks for the other two tips.
      Portia xx

  • Somia says:

    I love Rouge Avignon . Something about it is very seductive- incense, temptation- wonderful.

    • Portia says:

      Hey there Somia,
      I remember trying Rouge Avignon when it first came out and liking it very much. Thanks for the reminder, I think I’ll get a decant and spend some quality time with it.
      Portia xx

  • jillie says:

    Hi Portia! Pierre is indeed very handsome and talented …… sigh.

    My favourite of his is Ilang Ivohibe which starts off with a burst of orangey citrus, then blooms with white tropical flowers enveloped in a soft vanilla. It’s sort of sweet and sort of isn’t. It’s a very happy fragrance and I defy anyone not to feel uplifted when they smell it!

    Brulure de Rose is simple but attractive – my nose smells rose dusted with very fine cocoa.

    • Portia says:

      Hey there Jillie,
      Thanks for the two interesting choices. Is Ilang Ivohibe anything like the beachy scents?
      Portia xx

      • jillie says:

        I wouldn’t say so – no coconut, for instance. The nearest equivalent I can think of is Lime Old Spice, which probably isn’t made any more; they have a similar vibe!

        • Portia says:

          WOW! Lime Old Spice. Never even knew it happened.
          I just realised that Lys soleia by Guerlain has no coconut. I could have SWORN it was there.
          Portia xx