Guerlain Exclusives are a bit of an obsession with me, especially the L’Art et la Matière line. In an ideal world I’d have them all (on second thought, hold Cruel Gardènia, I don’t really need that one). But the others, all those gourmand wonders, so very Guerlain and so modern as well. Oh yes, please! I’ll take one of each.
In the real world I own one of the line (Iris Ganache, sadly discontinued now!) and my wishlist is flush with Guerlain Exclusives jostling for the first few positions.
Tara reviewed Bois d’Armenie for us, Tonka Impèriale, Rose Barbare, Cuir Beluga, the new Myrrhe et Délires, they will all be reviewed here eventually.
But now for Angelique Noire: I received a whopping 30ml decant from Lady Jane Grey, loyal reader and commenter on this blog and fellow Viennese, she was very generous with me. And it turned out to be a truly amazing gift, as I fell for it immediately. (Unfortunately so did my husband, with an entirely different agenda though!)
Created by Daniela Andrier in 2005, Angelique Noire includes notes of angelica, bergamot and vanilla.
Angelique Noire smells great! Aside from that unqualified statement, I couldn’t quite pin it down of what the perfume reminded me. It felt familiar with its bitter-sweet beginning and vanilla-soft drydown. Then all of a sudden I had it – it is reminiscent of Serge Lutens Douce Amère.
Angelique Noire is not noire in the least. It is light, airy, uplifting, bitter, sweet and features an unusual top note and the familiar Guerlain-vanilla in the base. Citrus paired with bitter angelica contrasts beautifully with the sweet and almost treacly base, setting a force field of sorts, a tension that serves to hold the fragrance up in the air. It is like an electrical current, an arc of energy that is self-sustaining.
I was told that I seem to wear Angelique Noire quite well, (Vanessa exclaimed that it smelled amazing and I must have magic skin. I wouldn’t go that far, but) I like to think it meshed well with my skin and fits me somehow. It is no stretch for me to wear it, it is like a favorite garment, that is particularly flattering and therefore worn often and without second thought.
The Husband’s shenanigans with this perfume brought me a promise of a full bottle, and the way I am going through my big decant shows that this promise will have to be made good soon. (I hope the relevant party is reading this right now.)
What is your favorite exclusive Guerlain? Do you like the L’Art et la Matière line?