On May 1st it is traditional in France to give a small bouquet of lily of the valley. In Paris, you go to Guerlain and give your beloved a bottle of the yearly issued, strictly limited Muguet Eau de Toilette. The motto is “Un jour, un parfum!” and Muguet is only available for one day a year at the Maison Guerlain and Guerlain boutiques.
That is a lovely and romantic tradition, and I benefitted from the generosity of a friend whose husband is the type to go to Guerlain and get his wife one of those yearly changing, but always beautiful bottles. Thank you for the sample, dear N!
On Sorcery of Scent is a post about the changing bottle design, please hop on over to read all about that aspect of the perfume.
Muguet was first created in 1905 by Jacques Guerlain and includes notes of bergamot, lily, lily of the valley, jasmine and rose.
Muguet opens with bergamot and green notes, but almost immediately the fresh, a little bit soapy lily of the valley accord is here, sweet and strong. The jasmine is there to prop it up and it is the kind that teeters on the very edge of clean and indolic.
The base is very Guerlain to my nose – the familiar vanilla, tonka amber combination gives the perfume a cosy and warm aspect that I find lacking in many lily of the valley perfumes, which I why they are not usually among my favorites. The almost gourmand base makes this little flower famed for its innocence and primness more grown up and down to earth.
Muguet is less a perfume for angels, more one for people.
I find the way Muguet is presented, both the bottle designs and the fact that it is available for that special occasion once a year only, very romantic and appealing, even though it makes it more difficult to obtain it.
But isn’t the hunt a big part of our passion for perfume?