Les Élixirs Charnels - Gourmand Coquin (2008)

Les Élixirs Charnels - Gourmand Coquin by Guerlain
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Les Élixirs Charnels - Gourmand Coquin is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women and was released in 2008. The scent is gourmand-sweet. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH.

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Perfumer

Christine Nagel

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBlack pepper
Heart Notes Heart NotesRose, Smoky tea
Base Notes Base NotesRum, Chocolate

Ratings

Scent

8.4 (285 Ratings)

Longevity

8.4 (222 Ratings)

Sillage

7.4 (218 Ratings)

Bottle

8.4 (211 Ratings)
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 04.10.2019
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DonJuanDeCat

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DonJuanDeCat
DonJuanDeCat
Greatly helpful Review    13
Chocolate enjoyment! Honestly, is there anything I should say about that?
Hey you love, nice that you are here again to read a new Kommi from me :)
Today we are talking about Gourmand Coquin, a fragrance from the Les Élixirs Charnels series by Guerlain. And as the name already suggests, it is a gourmand scent that you sweet toothers might like :)

He's testing gourmand scents this summer, will tell you now and may think I'm insane or even more insane than usual. But first of all it's a bit cooler than the murderous heat wave a few days ago anyway and secondly I know you think I'm crazy anyway, so what have I got to lose?! But it makes me realize what a reputation I seem to have earned here, as I already mentioned in some commi the other day... *sigh*

From now on there is a new commi-style from me. Objective, polite, without complaining and moaning, no insults and... bah.... You don't believe me anyway, do you? :D

Anyway, so I'm still... uh... "crazy strange" and I'm still writing absurd stuff about the most beautiful scents, he he. And Gourmand Coquin is actually one of the most beautiful Guerlain fragrances I've tried lately. It smells really great, but of course it's a ladies scent again... what you ladies can be happy about...!

The fragrance:
Wooow! I smell delicious chocolate and cocoa, combined with a little rum and vanilla (which of course gets stronger and stronger in the next few moments). All this results in a fantastic and deliciously fragrant scent, where you don't even want to remove your arm from your nose. You'd even like to bite into your arm (and now you know what it all comes down to when you ladies use the scent, don't you?) :DD).
But the best thing is that everything doesn't just smell like chocolate and so on, but despite the delicious and great scents everything actually looks like a portable perfume instead of just smelling like the stimulants. I don't really notice pepper, but this could provide the slightly tingly spicy scent.
The rum evaporates quite fast, but now some tea is used. If I had to be honest, I would never have thought of tea if it hadn't been listed here in the fragrance list, but still, sniffed so concentrated, I think it actually smells a little like it, even if it seems more bitter than smoky to me. Something smoky is already present, but in a resinous way, like myrrh or something (but even this is only small). However, the tea also quickly fades away and you smell a rose next to the gourmandig sweet scents, which now also comes across as smoky (probably because of the myrrh mentioned and so on), which is somewhat surprising, but smells quite good. In the background there are still some classic scented bergamot notes, which are only noticed by the way, but they are present and give the fragrance a little more character and provide a more perfumed "look" next to all the chocolate.
In the later base, when most of the fragrances have faded away, one then smells as so often almost only the vanilla, possibly with a residual hint of chocolate. Gourmand Coquin is therefore a gentle, soft, very fragrant and simply a very beautiful fragrance!

Sillage and shelf life:
The Sillage is good, but no firecracker. It seems a lot stronger at first than it actually is. But of course you are wrapped in a nice, bigger scent cloud and should therefore look nice and fragrant for many people. The shelf life is also quite good, because the fragrance lasts quite long, especially because of the gourmand scents like chocolate and vanilla, here are more than 12 hours loosely in it!

The bottle:
The bottle is rectangular, thin, high and clear. It is filled with a beautiful pink scented liquid. On the front side below you can see a metal plaque with the name of the fragrance series. The actual name of the fragrance is on the side of the bottle. The lid is also rectangular, flat and transparent. A very beautiful and also high-quality bottle.

Sooo! Okay, this is once again one of those fragrances I would absolutely recommend, without thinking twice, if you like gourmand fragrances. I think it's great that the fragrance still smells of strong chocolate notes at first, but then becomes more and more perfumed. This means that the chocolate loses a little of its intensity, but can still be smelled, so that everything together produces a sweet, beautiful fragrance that can be worn in autumn and winter.

Fragrances like these are the best way to go out. Yes, whoever wears such a fragrance should actually stand out positively, because a woman simply has to come across great with it. Namely totally delightful and sweet, but also elegant and sexy at the same time. Since you know me well enough, you can now scroll down here for a moment, because now the same phrases are coming forever...

Scroll from here if you don't want to see the phrases :D

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...oh, what a scent...
...so the women look even tastier than already...
...aaaaah, this is so delicious...
...no, don't run away...
...sweet, hot, rrrrrrrr...
...perfumes are stupid :D...
...so sexyyyyy...
...my mouth is watering...
...but is it because of the scent or because of the women??...
...did I say that perfumes are stupid?...
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SO! Here you can read on, if you scrolled! D
So as I said, the fragrance is beautiful, totally great smelling and I can only recommend you to test it. Or to mark it for you at least for the autumn, because it's not soo difficult, as I had assumed, but still seems inappropriate for the midsummer.

And with that I have arrived at the end again and wish you all a great evening, until the next time :)
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Ilovecoffee

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Greatly helpful Review    22
Dizzying heights
There are fragrances that I find beautiful but they do not touch me, they do not become images in my head, memories or emotions.
But there are those that make me laugh or cry. At least on the inside. That includes Les Élixirs Charnels- Gourmand Coquin. Although I don't wear it myself, I find it incredibly inspiring.

My mother's apartment (almost 80) is a small fairy kingdom. The colour white dominates and bathes her doll collection, crystal vessels, angels of all sizes and shapes in a soft light. In between there are always pictures of us. Their children, their grandchildren. Blue, green, grey are the details of her little dollhouse like empire. The light is subdued and the smell of coffee is pleasant throughout the home. She is a war child, has collected her lost treasures at flea markets together again.

In between, her perfume complements the whole perfectly. It is this elegant spice that leads to a slightly alcoholic fragrance. I perceive Federweisser, very discreetly. Then there's the full, intoxicating base of gourmand notes. A scented carpet woven from tea and cocoa that makes me melt. A magnificent but by no means loud perfume. Perceptible, comforting and warming. Not everyone can wear it, my mother can and should, as long as she is with us.

Gourmand Coquin tells me about the life of a woman who has experienced a lot. Dizzying heights and deepest crashes. Who had to dig through deep black soul caves to find light again at the end of the tunnel. A heaviness and a lightness. What life is like. And sweet, full of moments to be kissed. And things we can't understand, but feel.
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Jbells

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Jbells
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Rich Chocolate and Vanilla!
I'm sampling this out of a dab vial, so I might be missing some notes.

It's actually a bit challenging for me to try to describe this because while I've read all the raves about this, I never expected it to be this good and this edible! The only thing I really want to say is that good golly it's so yummy!

But oh my goodness. This is one heck of a gourmand. Right out of the vial I smell a strong milky chocolate, and that's exactly how it translates onto my skin! There's this chocolate cafe in Krakow, Poland that sells *the* best chocolate drinks in town - straight up melted chocolate in a cup in all its rich wonder. That's exactly what I taste in my mouth when I dab on Gourmand Coquin. There's also some vanilla in the mix, and little spice and pepper thing going on much closer to the skin.

It does become a tad boozy but still sooo chocolatey. At this stage it reminds me of a very watered-down version of the alcoholic drink Baileys. Something in it also reminds me of caffeine, I checked the notes and it says tea? So maybe that's it.

Basically, if you like yummy frags and rich, rich chocolate and vanilla, at least get a tiny bit of this to sample. It's lovely and so easy to wear!

Projection is quite decent, not enough to kill a room of people on me, but noticeable. Lasting power was quite good too. I stopped keeping count at 6 hours.
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Ineverwas

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Ineverwas
Ineverwas
Helpful Review    5
This WILL get you fat (but you will love it)!
My God, this is a fabulous gourmand perfume! I was expecting chocolate and vanilla and I was expecting it to be tasty, but this fragrances goes beyond tasty, it's just irresistibly edible and has the olfactory structure of a real, three-dimensional dessert. It made me salivate as soon as it hit my nostrils as if my nose couldn't tell the difference between this masterful allusion and reality.

Gourmand Coquin has the very buttery, creamy texture of the delicious dessert that you know will get you fat just as sure as you know you'll definitely eat it all. This is pure gourmet dream: white milky chocolate, lush vanilla, dark powdered cocoa and spices and inebriating spritzes of savory rum. If there is any rose in this perfume, it's made of chocolate too.

Any gourmand perfume lover has to try this one, because it is the epitome of the genre, made with extraordinary, high quality materials. But beware, if you fall for this as hard as I have, the price you'll have to pay is a high one, for this gorgeous elixir does not come cheap: last I've heard, a 75ml bottle was around $270.

Sweet, rich, soft, velvety, oily, luscious, buttery, chocolatey deliciousness... yes I just want to eat myself up when I wear this!

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