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This will be annoying perfume house creation day. Nothing gets people a more irritated than Tom Ford and Guerlain’s prices on their more exclusive scents, and I’m right in the front of that line.
After grousing last week that I only got some of the new Tom Ford musk samples from BG, this week the Grey Vetiver and PB Arabian Wood showed up from the lovely people at BG, Jhanie and Raquel S., along with three more of the musks I already had. Hey, are you guys reading? *blowing kisses* Love your work, ya’ll rock, seriously and everyone should call you at the Tom ford Beauty Counter and buy product from you – 212-872-2813 – even if it’s for other stuff in the store. Seriously, this kind of great service, and I know they do it for a bunch of customers, not just because I write for a blog, is spectacular and should be rewarded.
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver is going to at least be in their more mainline scents, with White Patchouli and Black Orchid, and will be $85 for 50 mls, and I’m guessing probably about $120(?). Notes of grapefruit, orange flower, sage, nutmeg, orris, pimiento, amber woods and oak moss make up grey vetiver, along with, I assume, vetiver. It’s not a heavily earthy vetiver, leaning more to the “banker” vetiver – an elegant, restrained take on vetiver, but it’s still pretty darn wonderful as it is. There’s some really nice spiciness with this and a touch of rootiness coming in with the iris after a more traditional fougere’ish open. On my skin, I’d really say it tends to be more masculine because of the more traditional men’s fougere notes. I think that’s just more my expectation or sense of masculine scents than it actually is. A woman could very easily wear this, and I’m sure I will! It’s got a great length to it, lasting for several hours and smelling even better, less fougere’ish, more vetiver and spice, which is the cool aspect of this scent.
It’s a great vetiver scent. I don’t find it incredibly ground-breaking, but it is a great take on vetiver, especially the spicy aspects that get played up more after it’s been on a while. Tom Ford will sell a billion of these – I’ll absolutely guarantee that – and it will become a men’s classic. Again, not because it’s ground-breaking, but because it is well-made, easy to wear, easy to like right out of the bottle, and holds your interest as you wear it without driving you to distraction trying to figure it out. And it smells great. AND it’s not $180 for 50 mls, it’s just $85. I’m never wrong on this stuff, so you heard it here first.
Arabian Wood, also from Tom Ford, has notes of lavender, Bulgarian rose, freesia, orange blossom, galbanum, bergamot, rose de mai, ylang ylang, rose absolute, jasmine, gardenia, honey, orris, patchouli, cedar, oak moss, sandalwood, tonka bean and amber. It was exclusive in Kuwait before it released generally to the rest of the world. I don’t know why I was thinking this would be highly oud’ish and middle eastern. It’s just not. It’s a fairly well rounded fougere with some great floral notes that don’t take up too much space and a sharp’ish base that’s interesting – green sharpish, definitely the galbanum. The woody parts of it are more green wood and continue to lean that way all through the drydown, though much of the sharpishness blends in nicely. They have an interesting taken on dealing with the wood, and it seems almost Dior’like on me. I still don’t think the name really suits it very well.
Then I made the mistake of throwing some Kilian Pure Oud up next to it, which prompted a phone call to Luckyscent to order another bottle, but I asked them instead if they thought this was going to go in wider release, and the answer was — MAYBE!! Not sure on the refill situation yet, but they’re going to check and get back to me.
Now for the most annoying scent created this year, Guerlain’s Mon Precieux Nectar. 62 bottles were made and sold at 6k Euro, I believe, apiece. You do get 1000 mls of pure parfum and a great Baccarat fountain. Well, one showed up on eBay – Ha, take that on exclusivity, Guerlain! we lowly perfume minions always find a way – and it sold for about half the price, which a bunch of us reckless fools went together on and split it about 30-40 ways to get the darn thing bought. I know many of you were opposed to this ridiculous, opulent Guerlain display, but there is something about breaking that exclusive system or bringing a perfume into the hands of some ordinary perfumistas without having to fork over that kind of dough individually that just makes my little cracker heart glad.
For those of you that hate the Sylvaine Delacourte trajectory Guerlain’s been on and who hated Quend Vient la Pluie, you will be happy to know that you don’t need this one. Notes of petitgrain, bitter almond, jasmine, orange blossom, sensual woods, incense, vanilla and white musk are the notes. Word for this – gourmand, indulgent. plump and plush. Grain de Musc reviewed it and she’s pretty spot on. I’ve really liked what Sylvaine has done. I like the old school Guerlain too, but I find the La Matieres and Double Vanille much more to my everyday wearing and liking than L’heuere Bleue and Jicky. Fine, you can boo and jeer if you will. I admire those fragrances very much, but they just aren’t things I can or will wear every day. I could happily wear the La Matieres or Quand Vient or Nectar or Double Vanille every day, if necessary, and be quite content. They are full-on comfort scents, all round edges, warm, inviting. They call you in to get closer, not make you back up and wonder what in the world is that smell. Mon Precieux Nectar is very much like that. It opens a little sweet, vanilla and almond enveloping you. If it stayed that sweet, it would be a problem, but it doesn’t. It gives way to a more lush woody floral quality overlaying the gourmands that just feels like velvet to the nose. The incense is a bit player in this scent, but I certainly pick up on it as it dries down, as well as the petitgrain, and the gourmand qualities continue to diminish, leaving a more ephemeral, beautiful scent that’s much more interesting than the big gourmand open. The white musk gives it a nice, soft base to land on. Not a skanky musk in the least, just a plush one. I think it’s beautiful, but I like this kind of scent a lot, so there you have it.
The price point is ridiculous, even considering you’re getting 1000 ml of pure parfum. It’s for collectors and the idol rich, but as much as I want to protest this silliness and make Guerlain sell to us in smaller quantities without all the hoopla, I’ll still give in and try to find a way to get ahold of them.
Now, for my happy fools that love to bust Guerlain exclusivity vats, how do we get our hands on the Habit Rouge extrait? Thoughts? BG has it, as does the Guerlain boutique. I don’t even know how much it is or how much you get in a bottle, but it seems like enough of us should be stupid enough to try and get some, right?
For those of you that still would like a taste of the Nectar, I will give out four small samples of it to four lucky commenters.
6000? oh my, what a splurge. hmm, how did you decide who will get the bottle? 😉 I’d like to be in the draw, if it’s still up. thx.
So I guess you each got 25 cc of perfume? Hopefully it is strong enough to last a while. Would love to be in the draw, thanks!
Oh please please please enter me.
Please enter me in the drawing for a sample of Mon Precieux Nectar. I am intrigued by your views on wearability and your preference for Double Vanille and La Matieres. You’ve really got me thinking about this. Unfortunately, most people won’t tell you if they are experiencing a “back off” moment, so I am wondering about how “wearable” some of my personal favorites really are.
Hey posse, sorry I’m posting late. I’m away at a business meeting and my web access has been somewhat limited. But Carole Sasich sent me a heads up you’re seeking the HR extrait. I’ve still got 2/3rds of a bottle that I snagged at BG’s when it first came out last year. I like it very much (and I don’t wear the edt). I paid $400. for 50 mls and would be willing to split off sample size decants on the scentsplits web site so you can try it before springing for a FB. I actually have it on the site now, but I’ll post smaller decant prices by Friday when I get home.
Yes, please — I would love to try this even though i despise the price gimmick!
Please, please, please, enter me in the drawing for a Mon Precieux Nectar sample! I’m a Double Vanille and La Matieres girl myself, so if is even a distant relative, I’m in. Or I would be, if I could justify spending that much, sigh…
I am a convert to gourmand fragrances – they used to make me gag! I still cannot get over the transformation, which gives me extra pleasure somehow everytime I love one. Please do enter me in the draw and I thank you for making it available. Many thanks.
I would like to be entered in your drawing.
Please enter me in the draw, as well!!! I would appreciate the opportunity to try Mon Precieux Nectar, so very, very much.
Hi there, just want to say how much i love your blog ( check it EVERYDAY) keep up the good work ;D
OOh, please add me to the drawing!
Oh, the idea of Habit Rouge extrait. Swoon….
Enjoyed the reviews, Patty!
Love the sound of the ‘Nectar’. Especially the woody floral middle.
Please enter me in the draw. TIA
How funny. All of it.
I’m in for the Human Resources, as you know.
I’d love to sniff the Nectar, thanks! And ohhhhh yesss on getting ‘hold of some of the HR extrait.
No need to enter me in the draw – I was one of the crazy people who went in unsniffed. I do really like it though, so it worked out well.
Now, if the price on the Habit Rouge extrait was halfway reasonable and we could get our hands on some ….
Please put me in the draw for a Nectar sample– but am I foolish to hope I win it? If I fell in love, I couldn’t afford to buy more. . .
Perfume is so much about my mood and somedays I don’t want to be all deep and complex as the beautiful L’Heuere Bleue. Would love to try Nector, please enter me in the drawing. Thanks so much!
Ha ha! Nobody said anything about deep 😉
Oh, I would love to try this! Please enter me in the draw. Thank you!
There are some among us who are a bit shamefaced to admit that for all sorts of reasons, gourmands just ain’t – our thing. I feel like I’m missing out on something bold and beautiful, since it seems there are an awful lot of gourmands around, but – I don’t know. Once upon a time, I was a brash ignoramus who wore what I loved, which was along the lines of green/chypre/floriental. Part of my initiation into woimanhood included a trip to Paris and a bottle of Jicky parfum (aged 14). And the original Miss Dior, sadly departed and much lamented.
On the other hand, you, Patty, and all you wonderful folks here at the Posse have done more to rewire my olfactory organs than just about anyone besides Christopher Sheldrake (and Brosius, and I wouldn’t have known either of them if not for you, so there!), so who knows? Maybe a full-blown Guerlain gazillionaire parfum can convince me?
I am beginning to wonder, though, whether the whole concept behind Mon Precieux Nectar isn’t a bit much and pushing “exclusivity” too far. Seriously, folks, 6K euros buys an awful lot of bell jars.
I am, however, a mild-mannered pervert. I’ll try anything twice! ;). So please enter me into the draw!
And lest I forget – thanks for the rewire! Now, my bank manager will never forgive me…
You know, I’m the first to say it’s not for everyone. You have to at lest like that gourmand, lush quality. And you may admire it, but not want to wear it. I think it’s a lot more approachable, as are most of the Matieres, than many of the old Guerlains. I mean, I love them, and the old Diors wildly, but they aren’t always easy to get comfy with. Well, except Apres L’ondee, which is like my other arm.
The Nectar sounds annoyingly pretentious indeed, but since I like the L’Art et Matieres…and loved Angelique Noire for a time, I’m going to have to ask to be placed in the draw. Thanks for being so generous with it!
The presentation is ridiculous, more suited to a luxury store than an individual. But the fragrance is really nice. It’s not all twisty pretzel turny kind of interesting, just well made and opulent and perfect for the times when that’s just what you want. I don’t feel like it needs a dressy occasion at all to wear it. I wear it to bed.
LMVH is for sure gonna come get me for that.
Dear Patty – I love your tantalizing posts!
This,unfortunately, sounds like my kind of scent – please include me in the draw. I’m getting poorer by the month – you’re my only hope!
Yes, please to the draw. And why will they not reissue Double Vanille?
I thought Double Vanille was still out? I think BG has it, and I’m sure there would have been much lamenting if it disappeared. Yikes, don’t scare me like that! SDV and Le Labout Patch 24 are my favorite smokin’ combo.
As I previously stated, I was just at 68CEE and bought DV there. There was a plentiful supply in the drawer.
I’d love to sample the Nectar. Please add me to the draw.
HI–please enter me in the draw, and let me know what happens with the habit rouge–great scent.
Great scent reviews, as always. The one that sounds most interesting to me is the Arabian Wood. I have a passion for galbanum, so it sounds right up my alley. Love green scents and chypres in a big way!
Glad to hear that you and some of us normal folk were able to get the Nectar. Sounds very nice. 🙂
Chuckling over here…there’s a voice somewhere, calmly but insistently calling out in the halls at Guerlain “Break in Sector 4…repeat, a break in Sector 4″…either that, or they’re making up special cards to present in tandem with wafting an exclusive.
Aw, sure, toss me in the draw…I would have fun experiencing sweet-n-rich, no matter what my prudent genes holler…
I fully expect LMVH investigators at my door tomorrow. “Ma’am, we understand you have some Guerlain contraband not intended for the unwashed masses? Your house is not a fitting abode for The Preeeeeeeeciouuuuuuss. We’ll need to confiscate that.”
There are so many scents I haven’t tried yet. No idea what oud smells like. And those exclusive scent lines, including the Kilians – haven’t ventured off in that direction cause what if I love them and the price is prohibitive? Current big $ lust is 31 Rue Cambon. Made the mistake of ordering a small decant, and well, I’m scared now to try others! But hey, I won’t balk at a giveaway. Very curious about the Guerlain cause I haven’t smelled Quand Vient la Pluie or Double Vanille. Hmmm…maybe I’ll need to get my hands on samples of those, too. Thanks for the draw, Patty.
We need a perfume Robin Hood !!! I’d love to try MP, please put my name in the hat.
I have also very much enjoyed L’Art et la Matiere series and now that my decant of SDV is almost drained, I need to buy a FB, it’s still around isn’t it ? My Bois d’Armenie is also half empty and am thinking I need a back up before it’s too late.
I think SDV is still around. I hope so! If not, I better find a backup bottle for my stash of loved perfumes that can’t go away! Armenie is on that list too. And tubs of Apres L’ondee, as well as Mitsouko vintage parfum. I just got another bottle today,and I looked around and thought, what the hell am I doing, and then tucked it away. You can never have too much, right?
Oh, I’ll go ahead and bite. Please enter me in the drawing.
The way I look at it, the more people wear it, the better to pop that silly bubble of faux “exclusivity” anyway. If I win, I’ll wear it shopping at Target. Take that, Guerlain!
I wore it to the grocery store and the post office. You can’t get much more middle class than that. I think MPN loved the visit.
I love that whole “you think your price and exclusivity is going to keep it from us mere mortals?” story and the creative ways you got a hold of it. Ha! Take that, Guerlain.
Please enter me in the drawing, thank you.
I would enjoy that nectar – as much for the scent as for the effort – any photos of the Baccarat? And the Tom Ford Arabian Wood sounds like something I might like – although I am not a fan of the White Patchouli.
Let me work on photos! I’ll be doing some other photos tomorrow, so I’ll try and get one of the fountain. it’s really beautiful, and it’s Baccarat, but I have no idea what it is good for in practicality.
I’d love to be in the drawing to smell like a millionaire for a day – and am grateful that it sounds like I won’t want to smell that way for much more than a day.
I’d love to be in the drawing, and might be in for the HR extrait. Really, though, what I should be doing is getting my butt over to TPC and buying the HR EDC Dry and Quand Vient la Pluie that I keep taking in and out of my shopping basket. I keep looking at my LT/TS guide and reading the description “rootbeer iris” and thinking, Good heavens! Why haven’t I tried it? HR I’ve always loved, but the idea of the extrait sort of puzzles me, since I’ve always found HR kind of *thick* to wear, and so am wondering how they will make the extrait bearable. On the other hand, I didn’t buy that limited edition Chant D’Arome extrait when the Champs store had a few bottles left when I was in Paris in 2007 and I’ve had two years of regret….
I keep watching those vintage Chant parfums go by on eBay for too much for me to pay and sigh. One of these days I’ll pull the trigger on one. 🙂
It has been cleaned up quite a bit and definitely modernized. It still retains all of it’s original charm, but without the cobwebs. Denyse is right about the patchouli and civet, but to me that is what makes it so heart-stoppingly wonderful. But again, Bandit…wallpaper…
S**t! *It’s*. See, Francesca? See????? See as in *seenile*.
Oh, for crying out loud, *its*. I don’t need plastic surgery, I need a brain transplant 😉
Hope I get lucky! 🙂 I still can’t believe the price and the idea though…
The Tom Ford Grey Vetiver sounds like a good one for DH. I’m always trying to interest him in fragrance, but like many men, at least the ones I know, he’s reluctant to try anything new. I think this will fit into his comfort zone, and I might like it too.
I’d love to try the Mon Preciux–please enter my name into the draw.
I think the Grey Vetiver is an excellent pick. It’s great smelling, but not funky or weird, just smells clasically great without being boring.
I of course balk at such a ridiculously extravagant perfume -then I desperately want to sniff it! Please enter me in the drawing!
Wow–i’d love to try Mon Precieux…thanks for entering me…and did you mean how would we go about actually acquiring Habit Rouge extrait or…? Me confused…(:
Not sure, but everyone is searching now!
My taste has always exceeded my budget , so of course the ” My Preshussssss ” sounds fab ! Plush ? Round ? Velvet ?
Please include me in the draw for Mon Precieux .
Habit Rouge extrait sounds amazing. Over time I found the original to be just too big and sweet for me, preferring the Legere very much, but the idea of a Guerlain extrait for men is too tempting to resist, isn’t it?
It is! I think I’d only want a teensy amount of it, but I’d be deliriously happy with that.
I’ve got enough Nectar for a lifetime (about 5 ml?) for this non-gourmand fan. Habit Rouge Extrait is an odd beast: patchouli monster some days, civet tiger the other…
It’s funny you’d get fougÃ¨re from Arabian Wood, I immediately registered: big 70s green floral, with several cosmetic enhancements.
I’ll check on the Pure Oud situation from this side of the pond: my trusted Kilian SAs might know what’s going on.
CC–I am not liking the sound of the Habit Rouge availability situation, or I should say potential lack thereof. I am going to call Bergdorf today and check on it, but if you are anywhere near Guerlain, could you pop your head in and see if they can tell you anything about their plans for its future? Is it still merely rare or has it now achieved unattainable status? BTW–popping a package in the mail for you today with Anita’s Bandito Mysterioso. I know, I know…the post office heebie-jeebies strike again 😉
Oh, and on me it is a patchouli powdered pussycat…purrrfection!
Aaaggghh! I called BG this a.m. and they have no more “at the moment”. The SA Jason said that he had it for a short time, sold out (he himself purchased two bottles of it) and that was it. He’s going to try to find out more if he can and will call, but it ain’t looking good, folks…
It was a limited edition. I’m not sure what the situation is here in Paris but Jason, from what I’ve heard of him, is the best-placed person to find out (my Guerlain contacts are not at all at the retail end).
No, I know. It just seems like it went really, really quickly, while I was fiddling away…
I did try the Habit Rouge extrait this summer-at Galeries Lafayette, I think. Fortunately, it was very powdery on me, and the notes somewhat indistinct-so that and the price tag discouraged me. But for those seeking it, it might be worth checking some of the Parisian Grands Magasins.
Yeah, a little would go a long way for the non-gourmand fan.
I got the fougere, definitely, but it did give way to that big green chypre, and it wound up feeling very Dior’ish the longer it was on. Interesting, not sure I’d want it laying around, I’d rather go love on Diorling or something instead. 🙂
Thanks for checking on the Pure Oud! If they get that in the 100 ml refill, I’ll be just in heaven because I’ll have secured my lifetime supply then.
Ohh, I would really be glad to win these samples, please enter me in the drawing. Many thanks.
Of course it would be very interesting to try the nectar perfume. 🙂 Please enter me in the draw, thank you.
Sounds like just the thing for sweet dreams at night, when a little drop will do, please enter me in the draw!
Ooh, ooh, pick me, pick me!! *waves hand in air in an extremely geeky fashion* I would LOVE to try this! Sadly I am a lowly public servant and there is no way funds will ever run to spending this kind of money on perfume.
I’m developing a weakness for gourmands it seems, so, yes, I’d love to sample this! Thanks for sharing.
I have a precious 10 mls of Habit Rouge (well, it’s probably more like 8-9 at this point) and it is the most beautiful thing I have smelled in a very long time — I swear I almost passed out with pleasure at first sniff. I am absolutely in-like-flynn on a split if someone wants to organize such a thing, and I may just have to buy a full bottle on top of that.
The Mon Precieux, on the other hand, is not anything I’d be interested in owning more of, even at a reasonable price. It is very pretty and I can understand why others would love it, but it is simply too comforting, too marzipan-nougat baked goods for me and after testing it awhile longer I will probably set it aside and never pick it up again.
I think that almond confectionary is delicious, and the floral and woods aspects of MPN are lovely, but I crave more contrast in fragrance; I don’t want light without shadow. I want someone to lean into me because they are intrigued, not because I smell pretty. But then, I think of vintage Bandit as a wallpaper scent, so no pay no attention to the woman behind the screen.
Good description. While I love MPN, it is beautiful, that’s why I called it plump. It doesn’t have any hollows, it is velvet, there’s nothing rough about it. Sometimes I’m in that kind of mood.
I’m all about the HR extrait, if we can hunt some down. I’m sure there’s a bottle left somewhere.
6K for a fragrance! I can’t imagine spending that much, or being able to go through a litre of any one perfume for that matter. I go for weeks only wearing chergui and yet I’m only 1/2 way through my bell jar! I’d love to sample this latest Guerlain craziness, though, so thank you for making it available to all (or at least 4)!
I would’ve gone in on Mon Precieux Nectar had I had the money. Guerlain makes me swoon, even now. I just can’t even imagine using 1000 ml of parfum in my lifetime…. What were they thinking.
Needless to say, I’d love to try this. Thank you.
6K for a fragrance! I can’t imagine spending that much, or being able to go through a litre of any one perfume for that matter. I go for weeks only wearing chergui and yet I’m only 1/2 way through my bell jar! I’d love to sample this latest Guerlain craziness, though, so thank you for making it available to all!
I know! I guess it was for people who loved it and thought they would wear it all of their lives and needed enough supply to go that long?
“Idol rich.” Inadvertent — or pure calculated genius? 😉
It started out as a typo, but when I went to correct, I decided Idol was more accurate. 🙂
Are you sure that there’s still any Habit Rouge Extrait left? I was just at 68CE Paris, and they had none left. Please enter me into the drawing as well.
Don’t know! I’ll be sad if no, but it will save me a few bucks, which is welcome.
Please do enter me in the draw — the price point is insane, but when it comes to Guerlain, I’m always interested in *trying*. That’s a pretty darn awesome eBay score!
(go, minions! though I hardly think of you as “lowly” in any sense of the word :))
Please enter me in the draw, not only does the Nectar sound like I would totally love it, but anytime I can thumb my nose at LVMH’s death grip on their “exclusive” stuff I am all for it!
(However – if you ever do get your mitts on the Habit Rouge Extrait, I would almost be afraid to try it – I love that stuff anyway, and the idea of an Extrait version might be too much for my little heart to bear. 😀 )
Patty your description has me drooling – please include me in the draw. Thank you.
Please enter me in the draw.
Love everything Guerlain!!! Would like to try Mon Precieux Nectar. Please enter me in the draw!
Gahh but the Nectar sounds like it has me written all over it, save for that small bit of nonsense about the price tag. I agree about well constructed & easy to wear … sometimes it’s just the thing. And see, just now I was fretting for having nothing new to smell & pondering breaking my oath about not buying samples when I have so much on my swap list. And. And. And. And, please enter me in the draw, please?
Well, I’m certainly willing to try the Nectar. But what I’m really interested in is the Habit Rouge extrait. If you figure out a way to get that, I’m willing to join in.
I think everyone is now looking, so hopefully a bottle shows up somewhere!
Hi Patty!!!! I bought the mdp from you and am loving it. It is very sweet to start but the drydown of th floral and vanilla are incredible 6-9000 incredible noooooo. but gorgeous gorgeous scent. I also fell in love with the Guerlain Sophie that came out.
I believe guerlain las vegas has a bottle or 2 left of the Habit rouge. Was that the one for 14,000 or was it the champs elysees? put me in for the habit rouge !!!!!!