Hi Posse, Found a 10ml of Mon Precieux Nectar from my mate RuthK while going about my New Idea 2023 adventure. From this decant I bought my bottle, I think from Champs Élysées. It may have been Galleries Lafayette, but I’m pretty sure it was the fully renovated Champs Élysées with Neela Vermeire and Michael in 2014. Sadly my brain has been muddled. Dates and events don’t stick like they once did. It’s becoming a swirl of combined moments. Ah, ageing. There was all this guff about why it was parfum concentration in its first iteration, I do remember that. One batch only, which then became an EdP afterwards I think. It seems to have been DCd, so that’s a shame. Let’s reminisce.
Mon Precieux Nectar by Guerlain 2012
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Bitter almond, Petitgrain
Heart: Orange blossom, Jasmine
Base: Vanilla, White musk, Frankincense, Gaiac wood, Sandalwood
Originally Mon Precieux Nectar was a very exclusive Guerlain 2009 release of only 35 one litre Baccarat urns of parfum. That it even made it to the regular 125ml Parisiennes bee bottle line in its parfum formula is astounding. My totally unsupported view is that someone made a mistake and they had to do something with the resultant juice. It was also surprisingly affordable. I bet the few bottles being sold now are much less so.
Honestly, I have no idea what bitter almond is or how it should smell. Straight out of the gate it’s all orange blossom, thick rich and luscious. It’s flanked by a few other notes but the main one I smell is vanilla, maybe a wisp of incense smoke and creamy sandalwood. So beautifully blended. Mon Precieux Nectar has a very tropical vibe and I’m always surprised there is no coconut or banana. Dry down is a warm, burnished vanilla rich sandalwood. This pairing lasts for hours and is what I think of when Mon Precieux Nectar crosses my mind. I know the word is overused but sensual is what comes to mind.
Longevity is excellent, projection moderate but if you walk past someone the sillage is awesome. It really floats behind you.
Did you ever get your nose on Mon Precieux Nectar ?