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In the soft morning light of the earth....
If I claim that Guerlain is probably my favorite house, then there will probably be something to it. This already 1828 founded cosmetics company had me after only a few months Parfumo affiliation in the spell pulled, since their fragrances meet my taste as much as hardly any other brand does it.
Pierre-François Guerlain created at that time with his two sons the first fragrances. Quickly they were able to expand and the rapid success culminated with the production of the 'Eau de Cologne Impériale' in 1853. Empress Eugénie, the then wife of Napoleon, was given this fragrance for her marriage to that emperor, whereby P.F. Guerlain the reputation as a royal court perfumer preceded. For in addition to Napoleon's wife, Queen Victoria (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland) and Isabella II (Spain) were also among his customers. (Spain) likewise to his customers.
After the death of the founder's P.F. Guerlain led his sons the happening further and the enterprise remained until 1994, thus purely into the fourth generation, in the hand of the own family. The founder's great-grandson, Jean-Pascal Guerlain, was the last owner and also chief perfumer of the house, before it was unfortunately ceded to LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy).
Jean Pascal is among other things behind the creation of Ur-classics such as Habit Rouge, Héritage or even Jardins de Bagatelle. But before all these dream fragrances, he created the Vetiver in 1959, which is considered his first specially produced fragrance.
The Vetiver note is probably considered one of my three most loved ingredients, along with Patchouli and Lavender. And I have hardly ever smelled such a finely and nobly integrated vetiver, as in this wonderful perfume.
Already when smelling the spray head, the fragrance reveals this certain and typical DNA, which I always make out in the men's Guerlains. It is namely this "Guerlain freshness", which always catches the eye (or rather rises to the nose) in the classics known to me and I find so insanely beautiful.
The Guerlain Vetiver begins with a spicy-esperidic accord of intense lemon/bergamot paired with subtle pepper. This is but no pungent or slightly itchy pepper as one might think, but in a very harmonious way spicy-herbaceous. Surely the nutmeg will support this impression here also additionally, because this is said among other things also a slightly peppery property.
In the further course, the fragrance retains its wonderful freshness, without losing the hesperidic nuances; even quite the opposite. These remain until the base, but the initial spicy touch is moved into the background.
In the base then mixes the main ingredient, namely vetiver, just with that citrus / bergamot mix to a truly dreamlike fragrance of green-earthy soul with citrus hints. These are combined with each other so harmoniously that I am of the opinion to have smelled to date no such beautiful vetiver perfume, which also carries this designation in the name.
It's definitely a perfume with signature aura and can be worn on any day, time or occasion without a second thought. For a fundamentally fresh fragrance, it also stands out with a very decent durability of about 6-7h and as almost in typical Guerlain fashion, it is overall rather more restrained in terms of sillage. But so-called. "Sillage monster" and Guerlain? No, that would not fit together in my opinion anyway.
Pierre-François Guerlain coined the following guiding principle: "Make good products, never neglect quality. Have simple ideas and carry them out conscientiously."
Well, I think the good gentleman hit the nail on the head there.
Surprisingly, I discovered this fragrance for myself relatively late. But now I have this timelessly elegant Frenchman and know that he belongs to me.
A fragrance that makes me feel like I'm emerging from the earth in the soft light of morning...
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