Liqueur Charnelle 2014

Liqueur Charnelle by Pierre Guillaume
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Liqueur Charnelle is a popular perfume by Pierre Guillaume for women and men and was released in 2014. The scent is spicy-woody. It is still available to purchase. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

SpicesSpices Blond tobaccoBlond tobacco WoodsWoods Pink pepperPink pepper Elemi resinElemi resin Black pepperBlack pepper Tonka beanTonka bean RaspberryRaspberry

Ratings

Scent

7.686 Ratings

Longevity

7.568 Ratings

Sillage

6.871 Ratings

Bottle

7.677 Ratings

Value for money

7.211 Ratings
Submitted by Michael, last update on 16.11.2021.

Interesting Facts

The fragrance is part of the collection "Huitième Art", which was renamed "Collection Noire" in 2018.
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Reviews

5
Scent
8
Longevity
4
Sillage
8
Bottle
3
Pricing
Drseid

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A Model Average Perfume...
Liqueur Charnelle opens with a soft pink pepper and honeyed lemon resinous elemi before gradually transitioning to its heart. As the composition enters its early heart the honeyed lemon elemi is still detectable, as a vague, moderately sweet red fruit laced boozy accord joins it in support of soft powdered blonde tobacco and vague synthetic woods that take the fore. During the late dry-down the perfume turns more dry and less sweet, as the boozy aspect vacates, leaving remnants of the now less synthetic smelling vague woods to meld with unveiled supporting black pepper and slightly creamy, tobacco and vanilla-like tonka bean in the base through the finish. Projection is below average and longevity excellent at over 12 hours on skin.

Liqueur Charnelle is just about the perfect model of what an "average" level of success smells like in a perfume. It has all the attributes of a winner, but the whole in this case is far less appealing than the individual parts. Supposedly the perfume is trying to emulate the general smell and appeal of Cognac liqueur (I guess with the drinker smoking a pipe), but while the perfume smells boozy and certainly the tobacco is there, it never really quite captures the spirit of the liqueur, or the tobacco for that matter. The primary spoiler is one that plagues so many other efforts... vague synthetic woods, in this case derived from norlimbanol. When done right, the stuff can be used to great effect, but alas here it is too strong, and gets in the way of the tobacco and the booze, ruining the illusion for the wearer and making them instead wonder why they wasted their money. The bottom line is the approximately $180 per 100ml bottle Liqueur Charnelle has some appealing notes in its published list, but the whole is much less than the sum of its parts in this "average" 2.5 stars out of 5 rated shoulder shrug, earning a disinterested avoid recommendation to all.
Hüzünra

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Liqueur Charnelle
Another offer in the Huitième Art line of perfumes from Pierre Guillaume is Liqueur Charnelle, which opens up… well, liqueur’sh. Quickly after the initial spay, the delicately fruity liqueur aroma hits the nostrils, and the tongue begins watering for the maturated in alcohol fruits (plum? raspberry? non important). However, similarly quickly, this good, nice impression is covered with the powdery, somewhat sued’ish feel. Next, a quick wave, we are back to the opening maturated fruit liqueur; a short hit’n’run, nice surprise. And then back we are again to that delicately powdery cloud of spiced up roots. Could it be the ‘blond tobacco’? There is a hint on that, similar to the other Pierre Guillaume’s offering: Bois Blonde (Parfumerie General).

Huitième Art has offered this time a ‘flat’ perfume – an 1,5h on, the fragrance remains in the same registers, presenting no further development (well, at least on my skin!). While this is not necessary anything bad, it may actually be more of a challenge; since the fragrance is designed to stay on a one line and not develop through phases, the challenge for the perfumer is to design it in such a way that its bouquet will charm us from the very first sniffs, and remain charming and interesting all those hours of wear later. Will the Liqueur Charnelle stand to that challenge? Let me smell in few hours and decide.

This offering from Pierre Guillaume reminds me of olfactory impressions from Chambre Noire (Olfactive Studio), which is also about powdery-sweet, warm sensual impressions. What distinguishes them is promise fulfilled: Liqueur Charnelle’s some softly piquant undertone of liqueur manages to remind me of cognac-maturated fruit liqueur, while Chambre Noire fails, overall, to fulfil on its promise of leather (at least on my skin).

Overall: Liqueur Charnelle has an interesting opening of what would be called the first ‘head’ notes. But as it is designed as the ‘flat’ perfume, its core fragrance is not, unfortunately, standing the test of time on my skin, and after few hours, it doesn’t surprise nor appeals enough, to keep sniffing…

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