The Incognito Cheesecake – Review: Guerlain Paris-Moscou

Hey there Olfactoria’s Travelers,

Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies and Perfume Posse

You know that moment? The one where you get sent a bunch of samples from a mate (Natalie from Another Perfume Blog – now defunct) and as you’re rummaging through you pull out a thing that you never tried, were never even intrigued by and had no intention ever of trying because it read like a hot mess and everyone on every blog from here to the ends of the universe called it dreck? You smile indulgently and whip the samples lid off because you’re probably having a bath in a few minutes anyway so what does it matter if you splash some boring old discontinued-because-it’s-shit-refried frag on?

01 Paris-Moscou by Guerlain: Les Voyages Olfactifs


Paris-Moscow Guerlain FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Pine needle, Bergamot, Absinth, Lemon, Plum, Red currant
Heart: Jasmine
Base: White musk, Tonka bean, Sandalwood, Vanilla

GAHHHH! Those bitches were LYING!!!

Cream/citrus/fruits/vanilla/almond. Here we have an OMG yummy cheesecake, it’s made my mouth water in anticipation and smells like every dream of cheesecake a fat boy ever had. So not really a cheesecake doppelgänger but the wish of cheesecake from a starving man who is having a reminiscence of wealthy past life dinners. I have no idea what this has to do with Moscow, and yes I understand that this is not groundbreaking, but I have never smelled it done so seamlessly. A flawlessly glorious fragrance that has me smiling like an imbecile and wishing I owned one of the original 8oz bottles.

Paris-Moscow Guerlain Moscou Pavel Kazachkov FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Interestingly the tart citrus/fruit accords stay well into the heart of 01 Paris-Moscou and the jasmine plays such a background role that we basically move straight through to the chewy base, and still we have hints of citrus/fruit overlaying the vanilla/musks. I am seriously kicking myself right now and having just gone to look at the sample & decant sites to find that NONE of them have 01 Paris-Moscou has made me a bit sad.

Even the longevity is good on 01 Paris-Moscou, I can only imagine how fabulous if it was spritzed with gay abandon. Not a big perfume but it has a very nice sillage and I wish I had a bottle.

Oh well, thank goodness I have oodles of other bottles of fragrance, I’m going to go have a bath and after that I’ll spritz something I have lots of.

Further reading: Olfactoria’s Travels and EauMG

What is your discovered-after-discontinuation story?
Portia xx

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13 Responses to The Incognito Cheesecake – Review: Guerlain Paris-Moscou

  1. Azar says:

    Hi Portia,
    My latest “discovered-after-discontinuation” is Maria Amalia by Morris, Italy. I really like the gunpowder/sulfury notes in this one.
    Azar xx

  2. melissapham2015 says:

    Thank you for sharing the article. I’d like to try it. Hope to hear more from you.

  3. Tara says:

    Portia, I just enjoyed re-reading B’s review of this and see that it reminded her of Idylle. Do you think that could satisfy your craving until you can locate a bottle or do you not get the connection?

    Oh and I LOVE cheesecake.

    • Hey there Tara,
      I have Idylle in about 3 different versions and my nose makes almost no connection, Idylle is a white floral on my skin with a sweet undertone but Moscou is so freaking YUMMY! A gourmand extreme.
      Birgit is not the only blogger to link the two BTW so I know it’s me and my nose & skin that’s missing the correlation. How I wish they wore same for me.
      RIGHT!! We need to do Cheesecake in January! Find us the best of either baked or set in London please.
      Portia xx

  4. Sandra says:

    Great read Portia! Thank you for the good laugh. I am sad that Guerlain discontinued the line. I love Tokyo. Discontinued gems – the one I fell hard for was Feminite du Bois.
    Sandra xoxo

  5. Undina says:

    I’m trying really hard NOT to discover anything that isn’t available any longer 🙂

    • Undina,
      If I wasn’t being so damn “Portia knows everything” I probably would have thought my way through the move before it happened and sent the sample away, never having graced my skin. It is 100% my fault for even tempting fate.
      Portia xx

  6. Esperessence says:

    Fendi Palazzo is my Discovery after discontinuation, I managed to buy several back up bottles though. And Jean Patou Sublime edp and extrait which is a bit harder to find these days but can still be found. Love both of them. Maybe you Will find New York somewhere or Someone Will find it for you !

  7. Esperessence says:

    Thank you Portia, I Will check it out. The vintage edp with old flower lid in gold is wonderful !

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