There should be a warning at the top of this. New Guerlainperfume post, insert old New Guerlain perfume post.
Let’s do something happy before we move on to the mundane. The winners of the Carter L’Heure sample sets are: Klara and Bursztyn. Just click the Contact Us over on the left, send me your mailing address and remind me what I’m sending you, and I’ll get them off to you!
Also, for those that asked about that way cool clock in last week’s post – I don’t think it exists anywhere, it looks like a photoshop, but if someone would get to work building one, I know I”d buy one too.
Okay, Boise Torride is the latest in Guerlain’s Elixirs Charnels collection and has notes of bergamot, tangerine, pink pepper, marshmallow harmony, orange blossom, jasmine, patchouli, white musk and cedar. Some of those notes sounded a little fussy to me, so I was happy enough to find it fairly woody on the open, and it was pretty much like most of the new Guerlains. Please don’t misunderstand me. I’m a huge fan of the La Matiere series, I find myself wearing them a lot, but I have noticed that they tend to be closing on interchangeable. They are beautiful, easy to wear, but the more that come ou -, and I put the Elixirs Charnels in the same category, but far closer to interchangeable because they seemed to pick up after the La Matieres, but without their character – the more forgettable the individual ones are getting.
The names, and I’m not going back and revisiting March’s wish for Bois du Matin, are certainly interesting. Hot wood? Is my barbaric French translation close? I’ll give it the wood, but I don’t get the hot part of it. In the long drydown, it gets a little muddy to my nose. That doesn’t make it icky, I just can’t get a good feel for what it’s supposed to be. Woody marshmallow? Can we see how something soft like marshmallow shouldn’t be in a perfume called Boise Torride? Of course we can. At the bottom, there’s a note that reads slightly bitter to me that will keep this one from being something I would wear.
So I like it, it’s soft floral wood, very much like other completely likable Elixirs Charnels and La Matieres, but it’s not very much different. So for $250 for 75 mls, you probably only need to pick out one of these to take home.
Maybe I’m just on a post-VCA/Cartier/MFK bummer? Those did much to restore my joy in new perfumes, thinking, yeah, we have done it all, but it doesn’t mean we can’t do it better. Boise Torride is good, but it’s just not better, and I want that perfume bar to keep getting set higher. I want surprise and joy.
Hey, I know, you can’t always get what you want.