Monday, June 08, 2009

SOTD: Apres L'Ondee

It's official I have found a new favorite photographer: Iris Brosch. So once again I try to delve into Guerlain and I think quite frankly it may be time I gave it up. Last week I ordered three samples: Cuir Beluga, Spiriteuse Double Vanille (may be one of the worst fragrance names ever), and Apres L'Ondee. So far I have tested Apres L'Ondee a few times and it has not meshed, but today I am giving it my full attention. SDV turned into a very regular vanilla on me. While I have enjoyed Cuir Beluga the price tag on it is well not going to make me buy it, I liked it but it was not love. The thing is I really do want a Guerlain to rhapsodize about...but none of the women's fragrances ever really mesh for me and while I love Guerlain's Vetiver it is not a scent that creates a dramatic response in me, it is a great cologne, sigh. Guerlain where did you and I go wrong? Okay we were never right in the first place.
image by Iris Brosch

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Aw, which Guerlains have you tried?

If it makes you feel any better, Mitsouko was 'okay' or 'good but not great' on me forever, and I just only clicked with it the other day after many repeated wearings over the better patt of a year. This is going to sound kind of dumb, but some Guerlains take an investment of time.

Don't bother with any of the Acqua Allegoria or whatever, they're garbage.
-- fountaingirl

Jenavira13 said...

Hi Fountaingirl,
I have a long list of Guerlain's I have tried:

Mitsouko
Shalimar
Ylang-Ylang et Vanille
Insolence
L'Instant
variations on L'Instant
L'Heure Bleu
L'Instant pour homme (actually this is isn't bad)
Apres L'Ondee

And trust me I have invested time into most of these except Insolence that smelled like plastic berries on me at least the edt variation.

Rose said...

agree great picture. I am with you on the other two- well beluga is okay but pricey! but Apres L'Ondee is one of my true perfume loves. I find it incredibly touching- I can get totally carried away and describe it as sunshine after rain and all sorts really. I just love it. Hope you can get a break through with it because it's a total masterpiece in my eyes. If I had to have just one scent it would be a candidate.

waftbyCarol said...

Chant d'Aromes for floral and Sous Le Vent for not floral
Try them ..need Samps ?
C

Jenavira13 said...

Rose, I wish I was getting what you are getting from Apres L'Ondee, but I think my skin just plays all bad with Guerlain notes, I really want one of the masterpieces too work for me.

Jenavira13 said...

Hey Carol,
I have a sample of Sous le Vent which I did try and don't remember too well, I think I will give it another try then and report back to you.

waftbyCarol said...

the herbal opening is very dry
The drydown Naughty and woods ...

Rose said...

It's very frustrating when you want to love a line and it doesn't work isn't it. I don't think ALO has the 'Guerlainade' but it shares something aniseed and violet with L'heure Bleu- which I also love but seems to be a lesser sister to Mitsouko in most perfumistas eyes.

Mitsouko took me ages to get at all, then one day I clicked and now I can see it is quite enrapturing- but I still prefer L'heure Bleu.

This is part of why we love perfumes though isn't it- for the thrill of the chase and for the mystery.

Jenavira13 said...

Carol,
Wow the opening of Sous le Vent was cinnamon and herbs on me and they dry down is woodsy, tangy, mossy, with hints of cinnamon. Very interesting, I can definately appreciate it, but I don't think it is my baby.

Jenavira13 said...

Rose, Is L'Heure Bleu really considered lesser than Mitsouko? I mean they are both so different, while I can appreciate L'Heure Bleu even if it makes me emotionally uncomfortable (It stirs very intense memories) and Mitsouko on some days almost seems to work. As for Apres L'Ondee somehow the heliotrope never comes out on me with this one, the iris kind've takes over and remains very cold.

Rose said...

I think LB gets less attention- I think if you love it you love it. Although I sometimes find almost too melancholy to wear it- but on the other hand I find it very comforting.

Mitsouko seems like it's more the star- Apres L'Ondee is totally different to those 2 isn't it- and I agree it is very cold.

Jenavira13 said...

I think over here in the states at least perfume devotees wise LHB gets a lot of love.