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The one to rule them all or just overpriced sunscreen after all?
Let's start with the bottle. Beautifully finished, classy, elegant and whoops... so expensive that no one can buy him blindly. So a filling here, thank you at the point to Parfumo, without you I could nowhere give my mustard.
Neroli Outrenoir so, beautiful name, even more beautiful bottle. For flabby 210Euro you get here a Guerlaingebräu, which confuses me from the ground up and thrilled. Who loves citrus fragrances, but misses some warmth, creaminess and depth on cold days has found with Neroli Outrenoir perhaps the one fragrance that offers everything.
In the opening citrusy, fresh, almost juicy and fruity with a slight green tartness. After about five minutes, the first spicy teen notes introduce themselves, which give the fragrance more dimension. After about half an hour (on my skin), the citrusy accords have faded, which is usually the end for the typical citrus scent. But not for NO. It really kicks in now and opens up a new phase, dimension, depth. Bright neroli (without headache) is now joined by lots of tea,soft, elegant smoke and something creamy that I think is a first hint of the ambrette seeds. Pleasantly soft, deep and warm without losing the citrusy aspects in the neroli. Up to here, NO is the one. The citrus scent I would wear year round too, the one I would keep if I were only allowed one more scent in my life.
But then the third hour dawns and I'm irritated. Again and again, a creamy smell wafting towards me, actually not bad, but it reminds me of something. When I finally come to it, the association can no longer be denied: sunscreen. Not unpleasant, still nice, soft, warm, minimally spicy and very slightly the tea is still there, but unmistakable (for me): sunscreen. What do I do with this now? The scent stays like this from this point on, tea and neroli say goodbye completely at some point, but the hint of creamy ambrette seed with myrrh stays with me all day. Only the sunscreen thought, unfortunately, too.
Guerlain sells fragrances, well-made, in the L'Art et la Matière series even niche perfumes that really have depth, but primarily this brand sells prestige. Since the bottle, the showpiece then can cost even times over 200 euros, which is not unusual for niche perfumes, but then also comes with a certain expectation.
I expect from a niche Guerlain that he knocks my socks off. And consistently. NO manages that two-thirds of the way through, Opening and the first few hours of wear are gorgeous. For those familiar with Hermès Eau des Merveilles, NO turns creamy at the point where EdM becomes woodier and more synthetic. Actually very successful. But if towards the end I'm not the only one who smells here suntan lotion, cheap shower gel or care lotion, I really want to spend so much money?