Champs-Élysées 1996 Eau de Toilette

Champs-Élysées (Eau de Toilette) by Guerlain
Bottle Design Robert Granai
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Champs-Élysées (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women and was released in 1996. The scent is floral-fruity. It is being marketed by LVMH. Pronunciation
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Top Notes Top Notes AniseedAniseed AlmondAlmond MelonMelon PeachPeach BlackcurrantBlackcurrant VioletViolet
Heart Notes Heart Notes LilacLilac HibiscusHibiscus Lily of the valleyLily of the valley MimosaMimosa PeonyPeony RoseRose
Base Notes Base Notes BenzoinBenzoin Almond tree SandalwoodSandalwood VanillaVanilla CedarCedar

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7.5304 Ratings
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7.5224 Ratings
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6.6212 Ratings
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7.7213 Ratings
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7.614 Ratings
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KStrobel
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KStrobel
Top Review 30  
The sound of the sea, olive groves and the Italian lady
Last year I travelled through Italy in October. Very important to me was a stop in one of my favorite towns: Lerici on the Ligurian coast. The small picturesque village turned my head in my teen years. Now, many years later, it was still at least as beautiful in its bay. Hundreds of fishing boats gently rocking back and forth. Towering above it all, the Castello, perched on top of the cliff. The town is built into the hillside, like so many in the region. If you leave the square directly at the harbour, you have to climb up narrow stairs and steep alleys. Colourfully painted houses, clotheslines stretched metres high. Bed sheets fluttering in the wind.
I was on the way up. A short time before it had rained, the air was steaming. I turned the corner, still on the climb, and.... there it was. A scent that made me forget the exertion for a moment. In my mind immediately the image of a not-so-young Italian woman, still wrapped in her towel after a bath, tearing open the window to let fresh air into the bathroom. I look around, searching for the window, which I assume is the source of the scent. But I can't find it.
The scent is now just a whiff. I keep walking, turning the next corner. There it is again! Stronger this time. Like the waves crashing against the wall down in the harbor, it comes at me, ebbs away, then breaks over me again. I look down the alley in front of me - and spot an Italian woman walking ahead of me at the end of the path. It must be her!
I'm dying to know what that scent is, so wonderfully classy and floral, and so wonderfully fitting for this little town. I catch up with her, speak to her in Italian. She looks a bit puzzled at first (I don't speak well), then she laughs and says she bought the perfume in a perfumery in the neighbouring town. I'm almost disappointed, assuming it's a product that might only be available there. The work of a small local perfumer. But then she says "Guerlain", "Champs-Élysées". And I know that's it. The perfume I've been looking for for so long. The perfect scent for me. That envelops me like a fluffy white towel after a long bath. That smells like Lerici, like lush flower bushes in alleys steaming with summer rain. The next day, in Florence, I find the scent again. I spray it on and let myself be enveloped in that flowery-sweet cloud.... Since then it has accompanied me - and the memory of Italy and this little town above the sea.
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Serenissima
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Serenissima
Top Review 15  
Rendezvous in Paris
Where is the best place to meet today in this sunny early spring in Paris?
Montmartre is a bit steep; we are not fit enough to go up there after the last weeks and months, and besides, there is quite a cold wind blowing.
Bois de Boulogne?
Is still a bit early in the year. The first early bloomers have already moved into their beds and smile friendly, but the trees stretch their still bare branches still somewhat bleakly into the blue sky.
Goethe I have already tried once today, but he is known to fit well on many occasions.
This time his "Easter Walk" must serve:
"But flowers are still lacking in the precinct; so she takes preened men for them!"
And where does that take us?
Yes, to the Avenue de Champs-Élysées: that's it! Allez! Allez!
"Preened people" enjoying the warm rays of the sun, strolling serenely from shop window to shop window.
What does fashion say; what's here?
How do I look? (The furtive glance into the glass makes one pluck here and smooth there.)
The colors of the basket awnings over the shiny glass and the colorful first spring wardrobes emphasize the illusion: "... spring, he thinks, is coming this year too!" (A bit of Erich Kästner is welcome here!)
Many cafes have already set outside: should we dare? Or is it still too cool?
The sun warms and: oh, for a small mocha and some macarons it will already go.
Macarons: ever since I saw the photo of lavishly set "Chanel breakfast tray" of my facebook friend Jessica this morning, lamenting the lack of macarons, I've been thinking about these little treats!
True, you can still get the most delicious ones in Paris at "Amorino Arcole" on the Île de la Cité; but we'll save those for another time.

Avenue de Champs-Élysées and macarons: so I'm already in the middle of the fragrance commentary!
Aniseed and almonds enhance the fluffy pastry; melon, peach and blackcurrant lend themselves very well to the delicious creamy filling!
And first violets! Macarons with violets: Oh, how beautiful!
That's a somewhat culinary way to describe the entrée to Guerlain's spring fragrance "Champs-Élysée".
Wonderfully delicate and tantalizingly caress the nose!
The enchanting flower ladies of the heart note are to be found in the small park, which emerged from a pleasure garden from the days of Mary de Medici and Louis XVI.
There, lily of the valley and mimosa, lilac and peony shine in spring; later, the magnificent rose and ornamental hibiscus.
They all donate their rich aroma to this serene work of perfumed art.
Flowering almond trees we may find even now: delicate and lovely in their little pink blossoms of fine fragrance.
A little strength needs this spring goddess in the fragrance course but still: sandalwood is always appropriate and an excellent base for everything that blooms and smells wonderful.
Benzoeharze and silky-silver cedar spice elegantly and not too ponderous, before warm and creamy vanilla fragrance streams embrace everything so far lovingly!
What an endearing fragrance composition was created here!

Longevity and sillage are spring-appropriate; no need to go in with a hammer here: a floral hint over a few hours is a charming companion, after all.
Guerlain's "Champs-Élysées" was created for me in an "in-between era" of fragrance management: the great classics already thrilled, the time of the "fragrance kindergarten" with the lively-light fragrances was not yet in sight.

"Champs-Élysées" certainly makes for a fun afternoon and a fun spring.
(Albeit, alas, without macarons today!)
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Bassavina

25 Reviews
Bassavina
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Very helpful Review 8  
I love Champs Elysées, so take that, Luca Turin!
This is a departure from the formal architectonic Guerlains of the past. It is first of all floral, not a syrupy tuberose-laden floral, but a springtime floral of muguet and lilac that evokes a city garden. The Guerlinade, a cushion of vanilla, tonka, and coumarin, is not so evident here. Where the older Guerlains are velvet, this is silk organza, light and festive. Luca Turin disparages this fragrance savagely; myself I get a little frisson of "sez you!" when wearing it which only adds to my pleasure.
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Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
Very helpful Review 3  
A glorious spring day
I find it hard to resist this beautiful, classic fragrance.

When I first smelt Champs Elysees, my immediate thoughts were pear. A juicy, ripe, delicious pear.

Although pear isn't listed as one of the notes, it could be the combination of peach and melon that gives it this quality.

I love that Champs Elysees reminds me of home-made fruit salad, glorious Spring days and the immense feeling of happiness.

When the pear note subsides I am left with a gorgeous blend of rose, mimose and hibiscus. Hidden amongst the floral notes I also sense a subtle hint of sparkling white wine, which makes this scent even more addictive.

Champs Elysees is like sunshine in a bottle to me, and is quickly becoming one of my favourites. The lasting power is amazing, lasts the whole day, and seems to have the versatility to suit any age group. I was ashamed to think that I once assumed this was a fragrance for mature women. I'm glad Champs Elysees has proved me wrong.

I'm urging anyone of any age to test this perfume. I'd be surprised if anyone truly disliked it.
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jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Helpful Review 4  
Hhhmmmm... Is it me or CE?
Starts off with competing notes of a shallow but sharp sweetness and an insecticide-floral. They merge for a bit, then the insecticide (which I'd hoped would win) gives way to a sweet, bland floral. It's blaring, though. It's like sitting near a very loud conversation in a language you don't understand. You can't escape the volume, but you haven't the least idea what's actually going on. It comes at you from every angle, but isn't intriguing. While it hits a number of strong tones, sweet, floral, bright (fluorescent) metallic, it becomes tiresome very quickly.

I find CE very off-putting, but I must admit that this type of perfume isn't my bag and I have trouble here distinguishing between what doesn't appeal to me and what is in fact unsuccessful overall.
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TangerineTangerine 2 years ago
Please bring back the original bottle for Champs, it's enough of this bee bottle mish-mash! I beg you!
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Jazzy76Jazzy76 5 years ago
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7
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7
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7.5
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a romantic bouquet dominated by the mimosa note. Very fresh, light and feminin. I remember the advertisement with Sophie Marceau.Lovely
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Bcars10Bcars10 5 years ago
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Should've known better when I saw peach. That, & lilac!!! Now all I need here is lavender and the trifecta of olfactory torture is complete.
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