As I wrote in my previous Looking For Spring post, this time of the year lends itself to fresh and uplifting perfumes that jolt me out of my cold-induced rigor.
I received a sample of Guerlain’s newest addition to their former Les Voyages Olfactifs line, now renamed Un Ville, Un Parfum – a perfume featuring my favorite city, London. I will go there in spring, but until then, I’ll rely on Guerlain to bring me closer both to London as well as springtime.
London was created in 2011 by Thierry Wasser and includes notes of rhubarb accord, grapefruit and bergamot, rose absolute, rose essence, cardamom, black tea, vetiver and cedar.
Both share the refreshing bergamot – rhubarb top, the rosy heart and tenderly woody drydown. Although where London clearly beats the JCE creation, is in strength and longevity. Its Eau de Parfum concentration and generally bolder stance that makes the Guerlain preferable for me.
The top notes are exuberant and simply gorgeous, they stick around very well, as the perfume develops the heart of rose and cardamom gets stronger and deepens the perfume’s character without lessening its vibe of cheerful and carefree happiness, but just enough to add more gravity and dimension.
London sweetens over time on my skin, and the drydown is a woody rose with a bit of tenacious rhubarb hanging on until the very last moment. Over the whole fragrance lies a tea note, like a veil, transparently holding the flighty, airy notes together before they can take off.
So does spring live within that bottle? You bet it does!
How does that make me feel? Pretty damn good!