Guerlain Neroli Outrenoir from the Matiere series somehow fell off of my radar about as soon as it hit it. I remember hearing it was released, and then like all things with neroli in the title, I though, eh, later.
Then someone commented here in the tea post that the notes included tea. Wha?!
Created by Thierry Wasser and Delphine Jelk, Guerlain Neroli Outrenoir has notes of bergamot, petitgrain, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, orange blossom, tea, smoke, earthy notes, neroli, ambrette (musk mallow), oakmoss, myrrh, benzoin and vanilla.
Dang, I should have looked at those notes! Then cursed them for the dumb name. Please don’t name a perfume neroli. I love neroli, but it’s in everything, and I just ignore perfumes that have that in the name.
Anyway, it does not fit the name, the neroli isn’t dark or uncountable or more than film noir (Google-French>English isn’t always my friend, so if the French translation I’ve run into is wrong, feel free to correct it!)
Guerlain Neroli Outrenoir isn’t dark at all! it is joyous lightly smoked neroli tea. It’s one of those that I spray on with abandon. A lot of the Matieres are too vanilla, so you have to have a little bit of a light hand. Not so here! Spray and then spray some more. So yeah, plenty of neroli, but that lightly smoked tea underpinned with a bit of incense and vanilla is so charming. It makes it happier and bubbly.
Sometimes when I write a review, I look through other reviews first – if there are any – to make sure that I’m not missing something and should re-sniff. I hate blowing something off or getting it wrong because my nose isn’t picking up something. This time, I just wrote this without checking because I know I’m completely right. Then I checked other reviews. Well, yeah! I’m assuming some people don’t like this — somewhere, someone hates the sun and joy and happiness and cute bunnies with pink noses – but I kept scrolling and could not find that person in the Fragrantica reviews. Basenotes doesn’t hate it, but more people were on the fence or said yeah, nice, but not for that price. But how can you price joy and sunshine served with your lemon-vanilla tea?
In the middle of summer, with a pandemic and the mask wars raging, it was so unexpected to trip over this shining happy, beautiful Guerlain Neroli Outrenoir. Highly recommend if you need some happy/joy/sunshine/beauty/bunnieswithpinknoses.
Couple of updates on other things. One, next week I am moving the perfume business from my partner’s house to mine. Can I tell you how stupid happy I am to be able to smell all my beautiful perfumes again whenever I want? I’ve missed them, and I feel like my perfume muse has left me abandoned the last two years. It was so nice to go in and grab anything and resmell it for reference. There were some days I decanted, and kept running into things I missed and would spritz myself, then forget and run to the store. I must have smelled like a fright. I’ll also start doing some giveaways with my posts again. It’s been terrible logistics to do it without having them here. So yeah!
Second – Anya. We are about 1.5 weeks post-injury. I assumed she would be paralyzed, but the little stinker is back to standing up on her own. She’s not taking steps yet, but she’s got some feeling in her feet again. It’s not super strong, but she reacts to pressure. She is such a pip. She’s still got 5 more weeks of restraint and crate rest and then maybe more rehab, if needed, but she’s happy. We are dosing down on the steroids to every other day a small amount once a day instead of full dose 2x a day. She hasn’t had a pain med in two days. I don’t think she needed them the two days before that, but the prednisone makes her pant and thirsty, so I wasn’t really sure if she was panting for that or had a little pain.