Hey there Olfactoria’s Travelers,
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
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Pine needle, Bergamot, Absinth, Lemon, Plum, Red currant
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.
Photo 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.
What is your discovered-after-discontinuation story?