Thursday, December 26, 2013

Heaven in a bottle..................

I've recently become much more interested (again) in fragrances. One of my favorite and recently read books mentions this fragrance 'L'Heure Bleue'. I've long been a fan of Guerlain perfumes, I've loved Shalimar for probably 25 years. Lately after reading several fragrance blogs that have reviews on them I made a bold (for me) move. I decided, based on what so very many happy women were saying about this fragrance, to give it a try without sampling it first. This is not like me at all. Have you ever purchased a fragrance without trying it first? I don't recommend it but in this case the universe was with me.....see, I not only have myself to worry about, but also my dh who is very sensitive to many scents. He loves my Boucheron, my Coco, my Bal a Versailles, but I worried about this one.
He took one whiff and said, "Wow, that's nice". Ummm, understatement! This is such a lovely is what is said about it.
L'Heure Bleue or 'the bluish hour' was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1912. The fragrance is velvety soft and romantic, it is a fragrance of bluish dusk and anticipation of night, before the first stars appear in the sky. The top notes are opening with spicy-sweet aniseed and fresh bergamot that gently lead to the heart of rose, carnation, tuberose, violet, and neroli. The soft and powdery floral notes are resting on a base of vanilla, Tonka bean, iris and benzoin. The perfume is mysterious, elegant and timeless. It was created by Raymond Guerlain. The bottle is shaped like the one of Mitsouko and the stopper is shaped like a hollow heart that alludes to romantic pre-war years.

Now I know that perfume is such a personal thing, what works for one may not work for another. But Guerlain fragrances are so complex and beautiful. If you find yourself at a nice perfume counter, do yourself a favor and try some. I love the fact that I can put it on in the morning and still smell it the next morning! Much more subdued of course, but I love that lingering scent.
I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, ours was crazy busy but in a good way. Now it's time to relax.
If you have a moment, I'd love to know what your favorite fragrances are......please do share.


Kathy said...

I wore Far Away from Avon for years and years and never deviated because, back then, I wore suits to work every day so naturally I didn't have them cleaned with every wearing and didn't want to mix fragrances. I wore it because people would comment on it late in the day so I knew it lasted. I stopped wearing fragrance about 10 years ago when I ended up in a situation where I had to share an office with someone who was sensitive to scents and never really got back to it.

Rhonda said...

Without a doubt Must de Cartier will always be my favorite. When they changed the scent I nearly went mad. My heart was broken. Why do the do that? If anyone knows of any scent similar, I would love to know.

Annette said...

Cashmere by DK. Get many compliments and would never be so bold as to buy something without trying first!!