Hey, I have three little samples of the new Guerlain Bodice Rippers in my hand, so let’s take a stroll through the smut-section of the perfumarket and see what we have.
Guerlain Femme Erotique Oriental Brulant – notes of Clementine, Almond, Tonka Bean & Vanilla. Goes on a very typical well-made Guerlain, smelling similar to some of the Matiere line. I don’t get a lot of the clementine, if any at all, just a warm, gourmandish incense. It’s very nice for what it is, but I’m not ripping my bodice over it. It seems to bridge a gap between maybe Angelique Noire and Bois d’Armenie, going not to far in either direction and finding a really quiet, elegant valley that makes it quite beautiful. I quite like it, but the price point is a little sproingy – for all of them.
Guerlain Femme Fatale Chypre Fatale – notes of White Peach, Rose, Patchouli & Vanilla. Oh, damn flibbertigittet cat, Rex, knocked this one off the table and who knows where, so no review of this one, sorry!! Perhaps someone who has smelled it could chime in? Denyse covers in in her reivews. I’ll try and cage another sample of it to review later on.
Guerlain Femme Enfant Gourmand Coquin – notes of Black Pepper, Rose, Rum & Chocolate. It’s a big fat old chocolatey boozy gourmand. I gained five pounds on first sniff. The pepper/burnt aspect of it keeps it from being a cliche. The longer it’s on, the less confectionary it feels, while continuing to shout gourmand at a low whisper. Its treatment of chocolate in perfume is one of the few that don’t make my stomach start heaving, so that’s good! I like it quite a lot, but it’s not my first choice of Guerlain. Great sillage and long-lasting. Fans of the gourmand will find it pretty charming, I suspect.
What I think they should have done with this trio is roll it out as a set in little 1/2 ounce bottles. At least the two I sniffed are charming and well-made and probably one or two worth having in some small quantity, but I don’t know that I’d need a full bottle of any of the three. Maybe the Oriental Brulant. Well, yeah, probably.