Lucky me! Another friend came back from her trip to Paris with goodies in hand for moi. I had been very curious about Guerlain's new perfume--Mon Exclusif, a perfume that you are supposed to name yourself. They will engrave the bottle with the name of your choice. It is a sweet, gourmand confection, so I think maybe I would name it, "Mon Parfum Delicieuse" (my delicious perfume). Or if I were to choose an name in English, and since I am an Alice in Wonderland fan, maybe I would call it "Eat Me". I could sit here all day coming up with names for this stuff--super fun!
While Guerlain has created the #2 seller of all-time with Shalimar, (after Chanel No.5), Guerlain is a house that does not often jive with me. Chanels are so easy--I love them all. Literally there is nothing from Chanel that I have ever sampled that I outright did not like. I have tried Shalimar in various incarnations including vintage, parfum, EdT, EdP, and Cologne, as well as flankers of it such as Route du Mexique and Parfum Initial. While I respect the house immensely and also respect Shalimar as a divine creation, Shalimar and I just don't jive.. Same with the classic Mitsouko, the modern Insolence, and so many others.
Little by little, I have discovered Guerlains that I love, such as the classic Vol de Nuit, L'Instant, and Winter Delice from their ever-growing Aqua Allegoria collection.
Most recently I have been getting into their high-end lines. I've already mentioned me total adoration for Encens Mythique d'Orient in a previous blog. I finally sampled the lovely Cuir Beluga, which has been sitting in my decants box for 3-4 years, and I recently decided to blindly purchase Iris Ganache, a discontinued perfume, while there are still a couple bottles for sale floating around on the planet. I hope I like it! I will review it once it arrives in the mail. From Kuwait. Geez, what us perfumistas go through to obtain these beauties!
So I am learning that I am a Guerlain girl after all! With Guerlain there is something for everyone, if you care to search.
Click here for the full review of Mon Exclusif as well as the other perfumes I have sampled from Guerlain.