Samsara (1989)Eau de Parfum

Samsara (Eau de Parfum) by Guerlain
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Samsara (Eau de Parfum) (Guerlain)
Samsara (Eau de Parfum) (Guerlain)
Samsara (Eau de Parfum) (Guerlain)
Samsara (Eau de Parfum) (Guerlain)
Samsara (Eau de Parfum) (Guerlain)
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Samsara (Eau de Parfum) is a popular perfume by Guerlain for women and was released in 1989. The scent is oriental-flowery. The longevity is above-average. It is being marketed by LVMH.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Green notes, Peach, Ylang-ylang, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesOrris root, Jasmine, Narcissus, Carnation, Rose, Violet
Base Notes Base NotesAmber, Iris, Musk, Sandalwood, Tonka bean, Vanilla



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Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 25.06.2017

Interesting Facts

The original formula contained around 20% of natural sandalwood oil from Mysore - at the time a rather inexpensive ingredient. Today's scarcity of real sandalwood, an endangered wood species, has necessitated a reformulation of Samsara with a higher concentration of Polysantol, a synthetic sandalwood substitute.

The term Samsara is a Sanskrit word that has its roots in Hinduism. It refers to the cycle of birth and rebirth, the eternal wheel of life.

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Bottle 8.0/10 Sillage 7.0/10 Longevity 8.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
A Classic Guerlain Masterpiece
Top Notes: Green Notes, Peach, Bergamot, Lemon. Heart Notes: Iris, Violet, Orris Root, Jasmine, Rose, Narcissus. Base Notes: Iris, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Amber, Musk, Vanilla. This review is for the EDP formulation. As one would expect, Samsara is very sandalwoody, lightly sweet,... Read more
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Helpful Review    4
Siddhartha and Odysseus...
My heart lies now like tattered sails in windmills lorn. Sky, vent your sighs and when the pulse departs the vein, it will be you for whom I'll live dead and reborn. Vapour and rain, river and sea...vapour again... And I'll worship you every night. And I'll kiss your violet lips every... Read more
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Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 8.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    5
Review for the current Eau de Toilette
Wow... definitely quite something to behold! Probably one of the most sensual fragrances I have ever come across. It's almost as if every single sensual and tropical aroma was combined together in a single bottle! This one is almost intoxicating from the start. For me, it's kind of a very... Read more
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 10.0/10
Helpful Review    8
Dance of the Seven Veils
If a perfume is as gorgeous as Samsara, shouldn't absolutely everyone and their dog be smitten with it? The answer is, of course, a resounding "No!" While many of us are madly, madly in love (that sort of I'm-in-this-for-life kind of love), few fragrances have inspired more dramatic... Read more
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Very helpful Review    8
Bowel prep
Perfumery lore has it that Samsara contained 30% sandalwood oil when launched. It’s also part of perfumery’s body of common knowledge that Samsara’s sandalwood is long gone. Apparently early iterations of Samsara used this botanical sandalwood as well as botanical jasmine and had a... Read more
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Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 8.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    4
Dorothy's Return to Kansas
SAMSARA is an intensely woody, slightly sweet but still profound fragrance that is very well named. In Indian philosophy, SAMSARA is the breaking away from the cycle of hum-drum everyday existence to another, celestial realm. SAMSARA transports one to a place at once ethereal and sensual, resolving... Read more
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Scent 7.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    4
Powdery Vanilla, Amber Woody
OMG. Samsara could compete for space in my top 10. It is so "me." It opens a bit green & citrus, and moves to the ylang ylang before heading straight for business ... powder, violet, powder, rose, powder, orris. Did I say powder? The powder is at the perfect level - not in your... Read more
Bottle 10.0/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 9.0/10
Very helpful Review    5
A Pharmacy Store
Smells like a Pharmacy from the wild west when the Chinese Immigrants settled setting up their shop full of Medical Herbs and spices. with red walls yellow Paper black Chinese Caligraphy on the paper beautiful exotic dolls with lucious silks and brocade Ivory Beaded curtians Hanging in... Read more
Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 7.0/10
Greatly helpful Review    4
Exotically sensual oriental
Quite an alluring fragrance that has certainly stood the test of time and is hailed as one of the most popular fragrances over the last two decades. There's lots of rich woodsy notes and enough smokey incense to balance this fragrance out nicely. Particularly in the drydown, Samsara has a... Read more
Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 10.0/10 Longevity 10.0/10 Scent 7.5/10
Greatly helpful Review    8
Feminine beauty and wisdom
Warm, deep and complex, this perfume evokes to me the very essence of sensual femininity and mature wisdom. It's cozy and enveloping, like a hug from someone you love and at the same time it exudes strength and maturity. Jasmine, ylang-ylang and vanilla are amazing together, but it's the rich... Read more
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