Editor’s Note: I’m glad to welcome Sandra again with a review of another Guerlain. She took us to China last time, see her review of Guerlain’s Shanghai, now we get to travel with her to gorgeous Japan in springtime. Enjoy!
The dog days of winter are nearing an end. One way I know is that Chinese New Year is on February 10! Out with the Year of the Dragon, in with the year of the Snake!
Round about the end of January I start craving sunshine and warmer temperatures. We were blessed with some sunshine the past couple of days and with that the snow melted. Not only are the birds happily chirping away, I seem to have more pep to my walk and I look up at the blue sky with nostalgia and grin like the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland.
You see, I have delved into perfume closet and pulled out Guerlain’s Une Ville, Un Parfum Tokyo. I am smitten with this fragrance from start to finish.
Tokyo was created by Thierry Wasser and includes notes of violet, jasmine, cedar and green tea (according to Surrender To Chance) or green tea, hinoki cypress, cherry blossom and jasmine (says Monsieur Guerlain).
I find it is the perfect companion for the end of winter. It is a very green fragrance, but a young green. Not youth mind you, but the young green that we start to see in March around here. The pale green of leaves before they blossom into deep dark green.
From first application I get green, green, green. It is a green tea scent and if you are a fan of green teas, my advice is to give this little gem a try. The green tea I smell is an exquisite green tea from Mariage Frères called Neige de Jasmin where when brewed the jasmine flowers float to the top and look like snow.
After the green tea start, the perfume morphs into a lovely soft woody fragrance, which to me smells of a lush green garden after a spring rain. A fresh rain during spring always put a smile on my face. For the several hours that this perfume stays prominent, it remains fresh and preppy. This perfume makes me giddy and I look forward to the first buds opening on the trees.
I have never been to Tokyo, but have traveled to Kyoto during the autumn. Kyoto impressed me with the sheer number of temples and lush gardens to visit. I was grateful to see the brilliant autumn colours start kissing the trees, but I yearn to see parts of Japan in the spring to capture the cherry blossom season. During my university years in the Washington, D.C. metro area I was blessed to live through cherry blossom season on the mall.
I know that Guerlain has Cherry Blossom in the Les Parisiennes line, but somehow I feel that Tokyo captures the essence of spring in Japan better. I envision myself sitting under a cherry blossom tree, sipping green tea and being mesmerized by the pink petals floating all around me.
Tokyo is one of my favorite perfumes for spring.