Mon Precieux Nectar has a very luxurious past. Once released in a limited edition of only 35 bottles (albeit one litre extrait fountains made of baccarat crystal) it has been the coveted object of collectors everywhere, but only a few of the wealthiest ever owned it.
In an unexpected, almost charity-esque move, Guerlain has made Mon Precieux Nectar part of the Parisiennes line. And it is still in the unchanged Parfum formula. (Cafleurebon reported it to be an Eau de Parfum strength, but my bottle (of the month June, slightly advanced) from Place Vendome unequivocally says Parfum on it). Which, hilariously, makes Mon Precieux Nectar the cheapest per ml – extrait in Guerlain history. (125ml go for 190€)
Mon Precieux Nectar includes notes of orange blossom, jasmine, bitter almond, wood, vanilla and musk. It was created by Guerlain Creative Director Sylvaine Delacourt and perfumer Randa Hammami.
Randa Hammami also created Van Cleef&Arpels Orchidée Vanille and it is that perfume Mon Precieux Nectar reminds me of. Both share that rich vanilla surrounded by a floral wreath.
Mon Precieux Nectar is very recognizably Guerlain, it is a sweet confection, a gourmand treat for the senses.
But groundbreaking it is not.
Mon Precieux Nectar is a very wearable, easy gourmand, beautiful, no doubt, but just a hint of boredom accompanies its honeyed floral heart and vanillic base. There are certainly worse ways to be bored and it makes up for it by impeccable behavior when it comes to tenacity and sillage.
Mon Precieux Nectar smells and feels rich. Fortunately you can mimic being rich without totally breaking the bank if you snap up 125ml of extrait in that gorgeous bee bottle.
I only feel sorry for those who own the baccarat fountain. They must feel just a bit cheated.