We all have an idea how a Guerlain, a true Guerlain smells like. There are numerous perfumes bearing the famous mark of the Guerlinade at its base, all going off in different directions of course, but the common denominator “Guerlain” marks them.
If there was one perfume to represent the house, to show off all that is so wonderfully Guerlain, curiously for me it is a perfume NOT made by a member of the family, and one made relatively recently at that.
Guet-Apens (fr.: ambush) was created by Mathilde Laurent in 1999 and includes notes of rose, violet, iris, vanilla, woods and amber. In 2005 it was re-released under the name Attrape Coeur (heart-catcher) in the Les Parisiennes collection, but it has since been discontinued. Both version now have a high collectible value.
I’m very sorry that this beauty is no more, but from what I have heard, it would have been only a shadow of its former self after reformulations (necessary due to IFRA regulations) so it has been dropped entirely.
I have the good fortune to review the first version, Guet-Apens Eau de Parfum, here.
Guet-Apens is beautiful. There is no jasmine listed in the notes list above, but the floral heart of Guet-Apens smells very much of jasmine – a rich and sweet one – to me. A central bouquet of jasmine blended with rose, soft, powdery edges of violet and iris, a spicy facet introduced by cinnamon and the fruity richness of peach, all lie on a sumptuous base rich in the famous Guerlinade.
It is called ambush, probably because it takes you by surprise, shoots you in the heart with its beauty and holds you hostage from now on. Its later incarnation was even more aptly called heart-catcher, because that is what it does, with out the violent associations. It is love, not war, this perfume inspires after all.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this as a perfume everybody should smell, and the prediction that many, very many would fall in love with it, but alas, I can’t. Heart-catcher can’t be caught easily now, but if you can find it, don’t hesitate.
Catch it if you can and you won’t regret it.