Guerlain has added a couple of new scents in the past couple of months, but before they roll out their city fragrances, which I’m really anxious to try, I better sniff the last two they released, Mitsouko Fleur de Lotus and La Petite Robe Noir.
Mitsouko Fleur de Lotus starts out pretty traditionally Mitsouko, but not as heavy or powdery, it’s just brighter. It retains some of the peachiness on the drydown, but veers off enough that it is never heavy. It’s not light by any stretch of the imagination. I find the approach with this to be similar to what Chanel did with No. 5 Eau Premiere. They have made Mitsouko more approachable. She still retains her underlying petulance in this new flanker, but she’s not as hard to get to know. I do like it, but will always prefer the vintage parfum to any other variety of Mitsouko.
La Petite Robe Noir could not be further from Mitsouko Fleur de Lotus. Notes of Sicilian lemon, licorice, almond, rose, smoky tea, musk and vanilla make this a far sweeter perfume, though I very much like the way the tea and licorice comes through and gives it an updated Guerlain feel. For the first 30 minutes I had it on, I really didn’t think I liked it at all, too sweet, but then as the sweetness faded and the other more gourmand notes simmered into a distinctly Guerlain feel, I’ve decided I like it quite a lot. Sort of the poor man’s Quand Vient La Pluie. It’s put together really nicely, though it’s not breaking any new Guerlain ground. No matter, it’s really pretty, and I’ll happily wear it any day this summer.
Both of these are quite good and very wearable. If appealing to a new client will keep Guerlain in business and producing the classics and occasionally a great new perfume, I have no problem with their new releases not being strictly “Guerlain.” They seem to stay in the roots of Guerlain, but make those roots easier to access for new perfumistas.
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