Hi Posse, Normally a highlight, last years first visit to Guerlain Champs Elysees was a real bummer. It has not dimmed my love for the brand though. Nor has it impacted my love for this rarely talked about on the scentbloggosphere fragrance. Also, as the Northern Hemisphere heads into Spring I thought it a perfect time to chat about a fragrance that seems quintessentially spring-like to me.
Champs Elysees EdP by Guerlain
Jacques Guerlain and Jean-Paul Guerlain
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Black currant, melon, almond, violet, peach, anise
Heart: Peony, mimosa, lilac, hibiscus, lily-of-the-valley, rose, almond blossom
Base: Sandalwood, benzoin, vanilla, cedar, almond tree
As you can see my bottle is not the current one. I bought it very early on this decade, along with an EdT and an extrait. It doesn’t look like I’ve used very much till I turn the beautiful Art Deco styled bottle upside down.
Just so we are all on the same page. Heres the current mini Bee Bottle spritzer. The individual bottle styles were becoming burdensome to the LVMH owned Guerlain. This is quite a nice bottle and now your set will all match when you start rebuying.
So, how does Champs Elysees smell? Fresh and dewy, with a cool melon/violet opening given a little zing by the blackcurrant. It’s vibrant and friendly, adding a jolly lightness to my demeanour. It doesn’t take long for this early joie de vivre to burn off. The heart is warmer and richer with lilac/violet, rose, almond and sandalwood creating the main focus. Champs Elysees heart is lovely. Reminiscent of clean kitchens, warm hugs and cashmere shawls on a cool spring afternoon.
Base is a soft focus lightly wooded vanilla. There’s still a whisper of the flowers but nothing definite. A bouquet nearby that is adding a lilt to the air.
Originally aimed at the younger market I think Guerlain missed its mark. Champs Elysees is a perfect Spring, or Spring reminiscent, fragrance for any age. Leaning towards the traditional idea of femininity but it smells excellent on a man as well. You’d never pick it as a feminine once it crosses the gender divide.
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Were you ever a Champs-Élysées wearer?
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies