Hiya Posse, I have come late to Floral Romantique because I thought the name was shit. Funnily enough reading Black Narcissus I find I am not alone. He is WAY funnier though. Not sure why but I bought a decant is a split a little while ago and am only just getting to it now, six years after release. Oh well, if they didn’t bring out so much I might get through 1/100th of it in the year it was released.
For some reason these Elixir Charnel scents when they first came out made me wonder what the hell was happening at Guerlain. Slowly over the years though I have come to see them as an era, the flavour of an epoch in Guerlain fragrances.
Floral Romantique by Thierry Wasser for Guerlain 2011
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Ambrette seed, Mandarin, Petitgrain, Mate, Neroli
Heart: Jasmine, Tiaré, Lily, Orange blossom, Ylang-ylang
Base: Benzoin, Cedar, Smoky tea, Castanea sativa
Dewy citrus on jasmine blooms in the early morning, the luscious tropical banana hints of ylang, lily trumpeting to the morning and the creamy tea greenness of mate all combine to create a lavish bouquet of white flowers. This bouquet is the radiant sheer style of the 21st century made most famous by Elie Saab and Gucci Rush. Guerlain does it gently, elegantly, a poised and sophisticated edition of their siren calls.
While very pretty it’s like the outrageous fun has been wilfully misinterpreted for an older generation or a less flamboyant young market. Floral Romantique is lovely, lovely in the way slightly overthought art. Art without whimsy or genius can be. Art created by perfectly talented, tasteless artists can be.
It reads like I don’t like it. I do. In fact I like it very much and think I could easily purchase a bottle and wear it to the dregs, so easy a companion Floral Romantique seems to be. Once I stop asking it to be like the things it poorly imitates and let it be itself. A perfectly blended, luscious, radiant white floral with hints of tea and vanilla then it becomes exactly as gorgeous as I’m sure Thierry Wasser meant it to be, and infinitely more fun.
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Do you love any of the Elixir Charnel fragrances from Guerlain?
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