19 Louanges Profanes (2008)

19 Louanges Profanes by Pierre Guillaume
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19 Louanges Profanes is a popular perfume by Pierre Guillaume for women and was released in 2008. The scent is floral-sweet. It is still in production.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesNeroli, Hawthorn
Heart Notes Heart NotesWhite lily, Frankincense
Base Notes Base NotesBenzoin, Gaiac wood

Ratings

Scent

8.1 (209 Ratings)

Longevity

7.5 (163 Ratings)

Sillage

6.4 (153 Ratings)

Bottle

7.2 (136 Ratings)
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Stanze

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Stanze
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Greatly helpful Review    27
Come with me
"Come to Italy for a while. Come with me to the blue sea. "Is the (a bit stupid) text of a song from 1956 by the otherwise quite talented Caterina Valente. Because it's so stupid, I always have to think about it when it comes to holidays in Italy. Stanz sprays himself with Louanges Profanes (worldly praises) and is Klein-Stanz on holiday in Italy. Because the perfume spreads the smell of sun milk on sunlit skin. Klein-Stanz enjoys the freedom, the warmth, the many exotic smells and animals. The sand is hot on the feet. The pine grove in which the caravan stands is cool and smells slightly of the resin of the trees.

But the perfumer didn't plan it that way. I just found a Youtube video with Italian subtitles on which he himself tells in French how it came to the development of this fragrance. The mission was to olfactorically represent the greatest happiness in a woman's life. Pierre Guillaume thought this must be the birth of a child. Therefore he drew his inspiration from the smell of a baby's fontanelle. He took a strand of his godchild's hair and used it to perform chromatography to separate the olfactory components. It smelled mainly of musk and bananas. He presented the preliminary result to the client, who then wanted him to make a perfume that smells like the night of love with an angel. He had thought of babies quite harmlessly and now it went in a completely different direction. A "beautiful angel with long blond hair". He wanted to create an oriental fragrance that was both sensual and pure. Two things that aren't compatible. Neroli as pure fragrance and Benzoe as sensual fragrance. Then he looked for connecting links that could lead from Neroli to Benzoe. He wanted to process religious symbols. Orange blossoms (from which neroli is extracted) were particularly in the 19th century tied in France to a wreath which the bride wore at the wedding as a sign of virginity in her hair. The white lily is also called the Madonna lily (not because of the Madonna, but because of Mary, the mother of Jesus) and is a symbol of virginity. The hawthorn is said to have served as the material for the crown of thorns of Jesus. Benzoin is used in the Orthodox Church instead of incense. Incense stands for the Catholic Church. Guaiac was the wood from which Noah built his ark (in the Bible there is probably only "resinous wood" and now everyone is arguing about which wood). In any case, the other religious elements transform the neroli so that it makes its way to sensual. Say PG.

It's nice to know that, but the worldly song of praise is reminiscent of sun milk. I like the scent very much. It smells flowery - soft to warm resinous. A fragrance of well-being. Which fulfills the first requirement, memory of happy moments. But I wouldn't want to spend nights with angels. Funny idea.

In my opinion, Louanges Profanes is really a perfume for women. Maybe you don't have to be a lady, I can wear it. It suits every occasion, not only in church. Some forms of pilgrimage can certainly be considered sports. I'm sure you can wear it any time of the year
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by comparison we suffer
When I think about perfume I tend to rely on literary or verbal devices.  By literary I don't mean particularly lofty in nature, I just mean that we use tricks of the tongue and the pen to get at perfume.  I'll use visual allusions, fictions of memory, description and tidbits of narrative.  The trouble is that all that words offer is comparison.  The device I lean most heavily on is  metaphor.  'Perfume X is like a night on the town in Elizabeth, New Jersey.'  'Post-reformulation, chypre Y is a child who's lost her teddy bear.'

Relying on words to think about perfume has two effects. The first is a that by seeking connections, it fosters imagination and creative thought. The second is a demonstration of how few tools of analysis for scent our current vocabulary supplies.  My problem with metaphor, though, is that it's as much a weak translation as it is true metaphor. The process goes like this:  Smell a perfume. Pause, for 10 seconds to two weeks.  Piece together words to tell a story.  I question whether this method can result in anything greater than the merely clever.  You'll hear very talented perfumers talk about story telling and narrative and its importance in perfumery.  We perfume users, though,  should question this sort of romanticism.  Do perfumers who rely on story tell us stories, or do they use story as a device, a sort of imagery that aids them in designing perfume?  Can a perfume truly tell a single reproduceable story, not just a subjective olfactory experience, to multiple wearers?

Sometimes smelling a scent or fragrance will lead to a sort of sensory hallucination, that blanketing state you feel when smelling a certain perfume, typically one that you haven't smelled in a while. But this is largely a function of memory, and our understanding of the association between sense and memory muddy if not simply incorrect.  Every now and then, though, a perfume will launch you into a seemingly more direct sensory experience.   The experience  doesn't trigger or rely on memory, it feels new. 

Smelling Parfumerie Générale Louanges Profanes for the first time gave this sort of experience. It gave me a feeling of viscosity.  A fluid consistency that isn't thick, chewy, creamy or even watery.  It suggested a fluid I had never experienced before.  On that had a thick/thin, lubricant viscosity like silicone along with a sweetness that hovered between liquor, elixir and sap.  It made me focus on the qualities of sweetness, like the way that glycerin has no smell, but is sweet when you touch it to your tongue, or the way honeysuckle nectar smells and tastes the same. 

To categorize, Louanges Profanes is a floriental, an orange blossom/amber, to be specific.  But this is an instance where breaking the perfume down into its scent descriptors isn't particularly useful, because doing so doesn’t capture the experience of the perfume, it just tells you what’s in it.  The sensation of fluidity and slickness eventually fades as what seemed liquid starts to dry.  The perfume continues to suggest states of matter.  Louanges Profanes feels like it dries into a set piece, and gives the nose equivalent of drying brushstrokes.  Like those deliberate, voluminous stabs of paint you would find in one of the Mulberry Tree paintings by van Gogh.  The paint and the perfume both retained an appearance of fluidity as they dried, capturing the appearance of movement and action.

On that note of bad visual comparison, the end.

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Scrumptious Benzoin-rich Sweet Hawthorn Oriental
I do not believe that it is only because of the opening phoneme, but Parfumerie Generale LOUANGES PROFANES strikes me as vaguely reminiscent of the Keiko Mecheri LOUKHOUM series. I am working from memory here, having fully drained all three of my LOUKHOUM samples quite some time ago, but looking at the notes I do see that both contain, in addition to a huge dollop of creamy sweetness, hawthorn.

This is a very beautiful and complex oriental floral perfume, which altogether avoids the usual clichés and rampant fads, above all, vanilla patchouli. I find this composition much more oriental than floral, and the benzoin-rich drydown is simply scrumptious, with serious addiction potential!

Interestingly enough, other reviewers have compared LOUANGES to another perfume with the same opening phoneme, LOULOU! However, since I do not suffer the unmistakeable LOULOU plastic-madness headache upon donning this far more compelling and appealing creation, I must respectfully disagree...
Trax

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Rich honeyed flowering black elder
Rich honeyed flower nectar, overpowering sweetness at first. Got me thinking this is headache material for sure.
I can feel some nag champa like incense in the background that initially is drowned out by sunwarmed florals. This incense grows stronger and stronger until there is nag champa and flower equal.
Overall impression is the overly sweet smell of flowering black elder mixed with some sweet white floral mixed with nag champa.
Quiets down abit in the drydown, into a quite pleasant floral incense.
At first I hated this perfume, but the drydown gets me going: Oh wait!

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