Hey hey, the year is drawing to a close and I'm showering you with some more comments before I say goodbye here for a few days (after Christmas) (boah, I can hear how some people are looking forward to having a week off, tsss...!).
Today I come to Guerlain's Parure.
Parure... what does that mean again? Well, I looked it up, and a parure is a jewelry combination. This means that different jewelry parts such as chains, rings, earrings, bracelets and so on have all been coordinated with each other in terms of design and so on. I don't have to tell you that when you're playing video games this whole thing reminds you of "set items," that is, equipment items of the same kind that you can put on, and depending on how many items you've found in the set, you get more bonuses in the game, like more life force, endurance, damage, strength, oh, there are a lot of things, depending on the game. Transferred to perfume and fragrances one could say:
If you carry 2 items of a set, you get +10 to write Kommi!
If you carry 3 items of a set, you get +20 enlarged scent cloud!
If you carry 4 items of a set, you get + 25% increased panty-drop opportunity! Mu ha ha, I wish :D
But before I bore you all with it and you probably don't understand what I'm talking about anyway, I'll come back to the fragrance. Parure are jewellery combinations that were regarded as status symbols, especially in the past. So every lady from Stand had to own such a collection! So, and Guerlain's Parure has been inspired by the completeness of such jewelry pieces and therefore probably reflects a sense of completeness and feminine kit. Probably with perfectly matched scents, but that will be seen now!
The fragrance begins with intense fruity notes like plums and especially peaches, light, weak bergamot and a much stronger (oak) moss scent. The fragrance looks quite mature and classic already at the beginning and belongs from the fragrance point of view also something into the category like that of the Shalimar fragrances, so they are all quite feminine, only that Parure comes across much more mature.
From the jasmine comes a beautiful sweetness, moreover one smells lilac and narcissus as further flowery scents. I also smell the patchouli a little, because it exudes an earthy scent. There's a rather high animal note to that, but I don't think it comes from musk because musk smells different (and I don't smell it at all yet), so I can't assign this fragrance to a fragrance note. But what I still smell, and what is not in the fragrance pyramid, is a fragrance that reminds me of resins, especially mastic resin.
Over time, a light powderiness rises, making the fragrance softer and more pleasing. This relaxes the animal notes a little, as well as the oakmoss, but the fragrance remains quite mature. Well, it's like a typical fragrance for those days, which today comes across as more mature, more old-fashioned or more classic.
Later the fragrance is much softer, also as far as the animal notes are concerned again and therefore comes across even softer. One still smells flowers like jasmine and narcissus, but now roses are added, even if they are only moderately strong. Leather has also been added to the base, and now the musk can be smelled much more clearly (which, however, does not smell animal-like like civet or beaver horny, but simply smells "dark-sweetish"), which even later becomes stronger than jasmine as far as the sweet notes are concerned. A generally beautiful fragrance that sometimes smells more mature and serious than modern, sweet fragrances today.
The Sillage and the shelf life:
The Sillage is quite high, one is certainly surrounded by a larger scent cloud, which can be smelled well on one, and this also for some time away.
The shelf life is enormous, as you might expect from an older fragrance of this kind. I had the scent on one of those days when I was up quite long... and it still held quite well after sixteen hours, only then the Sillage had become a little weaker.
Before Guerlain started converting many of her bottles to uniform bottles (which fortunately still look beautiful), there were many more more individual bottles for her fragrances. From Parure there were so some flacons, whereby in my opinion one of the more beautiful of it is there, which one can see straight also here as Parfumo picture. So what looks like a bottle (or a bag :D), is filled with yellow scented liquid and has a nice, flower-like structure as lid. A nice bottle, but as I said, there were different bottles. At the bottom of the gallery there are some nice photos you could have a look at :)
So, Parure smells to me on the first smell immediately like a classic and typical fragrance of the 70's/80's and even still 90's. Intense, long-lasting, large fragrance cloud emitting, strongly scented of floral and chypre-like fragrances. He is very feminine, but nowadays he may seem very mature as mentioned, so in my opinion he is not for girls in the 20s or even early 30s.
Probably the scent was also an everyday scent at that time, which could also be worn at work, but today it seems to me more like a scent for an elegant evening or to go out for higher social occasions. It would probably be a bit inappropriate to use the scent for an Open Air Techno Festival :DD
But it is already worth testing because the fragrance is of high quality. He's heading for Shalimar, although I like Shalimar better. Besides I find Parure after many hours somehow also slightly strenuous...
Soo, that's it. I hope you'll forgive my initial nerdy tale about video games, but we're talking jewelry sets! SETS! One, who just occasionally walks over fantasy worlds and kills all possible opponents, can't think of anything else there :DD
See you next time :)