When it comes to fresh scents, I gradually distance myself from those that evoke too strong shower gel associations in me. Synthetic woodiness, Ambroxan and other "niceties" that make up some shower gel candidates are, after a certain dose, the reason for my displeasure and rejection. A few weeks ago - and I would never have thought that at Christmas 2018, when I got this fragrance from my ex-girlfriend - I even sold my "Bleu de Chanel (Eau de Parfum)", although it earned me quite a few compliments, especially at work. But what is the point of positive encouragement, in terms of the olfactory aspect, if I do not feel one hundred percent comfortable with a fragrance throughout the day? The question does not really need to be answered.
Now that Chanel's bestseller found its way into new, happy hands, I began to use "Guerlain Homme (Eau de Parfum)", which I had rarely touched before, but which was still in my possession, preferably at work.
As a student, I no longer work full-time, of course. This is not working. It is perhaps ten hours a week that I spend in the company that trained me three years earlier, selling mattresses, pillows, duvets, furniture, bedding, decoration and other stuff. Customer contact means that olfactorically, I need a safe board so that I don't cause a nuisance and spoil the sales conversation, which sometimes involves four-figure sums, just because I perhaps felt the need to smell exotic. I can take such risks in university, but not at work. Maybe one or two of you here will contradict me. I have an opinion.
Guerlain Homme (Eau de Parfum)" undoubtedly represents such a safe board. Modern embedded vetiver is something that appeals to me. However, I don't like single and therefore extremely dominant vetiver - Tom Ford's "Grey Vetiver" is a good example - at all. The combination of modern notes and the sweet grass so popular with perfumers, which is green, dark, often smoky and above all classic, is exactly what I imagine a beautiful everyday and work fragrance to be. In the Guerlain I mentioned, peppermint, rum and floral notes harmonize perfectly with the vetiver. In Louis Vuitton's "Orage", bergamot and iris again ensure that perfect interplay.
Now that I have described a part of my olfactory career to you over many, many lines - others would call it maturation - it should now really be about "Orage". I hope you've read this far.
"Orage" begins much brighter than "Guerlain Homme (Eau de Parfum)". Instead of dark rum, the light, extremely clean and almost stinging iris appears. However, their performance is not quite as offensive as in the Iris Crackers from Prada. Nevertheless their existence clearly overshadows the dark sweet grass - at least at the beginning. Even the bergamot, which is a bit fruity and sour, does not let the vetiver conquer my nasal mucous membranes right at the beginning. Only in the course of time does he know how to assert himself and put his comrades-in-arms in their place. However, the term "put in the barriers" does not mean dominance. Much rather, everything exists perfectly balanced side by side. Although the bergamot is increasingly running out of air from hour to hour, it does not matter. The iris/vetiver composite is perfectly adequate. This not too dark, not too smoky and very ripe green, which occasionally gets a waking shudder from the clean-flashing iris, is simply wonderfully invigorating without being only "superficially fresh". Due to the extremely pleasant dose of vetiver, the fragrance ultimately possesses a great deal of depth and also something soft, which keeps the iris, which is often very dispersing, in check and thus maintains the balance in the very reduced fragrance pyramid. At some point, a little earthiness is added as the icing on the cake, thanks to patchouli, which perfectly rounds off the modern vetiver-iris conglomerate.
You can think what you like about the clothes from this fashion house, which is currently increasingly turning to the perfume market. As far as his wallets and purses are concerned, I am probably less the target group. Olfactorially it looks a little bit different again, although I have to try to control pulse, breathing and wink frequency, I consider that for 100ml above average money is demanded. Am I ready to spend this and then also for a fresh scent, which is automatically dosed a little stronger and stronger? Am I willing to spend so much money when I already have a great, modern vetiver fragrance from Guerlain that will also last a lot longer for my skin? I leave these two questions open for now