Post by Madeleine
Hello fragrance peeps!
Today I want to ‘fess up and review a perfume that has been widely ignored by the perfume community and even reviled and condemned by some bloggers but, nevertheless, has well and truly captured my heart. That perfume is from Guerlain’s Elixir Charnels line.
Floral Romantique by Thierry Wasser for Guerlain 2011
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Mandarin, orange
Heart: Jasmine, ylang-ylang and tiare, with additional accords of lily, carnation
Base: Cedar, smoked tea, chestnut, ambrette, mate
I happened to discover this luminous gem completely by accident. I was at the Guerlain counter trying Angelique Noire and Cruel Gardenia when the SA suggested I also try Floral Romantique. This sparkling, pretty yet very sophisticated scent kept my nose to my wrist for hours, and like any self-respecting perfume lover, I took to Google to read about my fabulous new find.
Gaia of The Non Blonde called it “a Guerlain bastard” while Victoria of Bois de Jasmin said that Floral Romantique “is an orange blossom version of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue with an ultra-luxurious price tag”.
So while others don’t, why do I love this one? Well, wearing Floral Romantique feels like slipping into a perfectly cut ball gown of the purest pink silk. It sits so seamlessly and beautifully on my skin that the first wearing had me wondering how I had lived without it for so long.
Photo Stolen Flickr
Floral Romantique starts with a rich and bright juicy mandarin note and then segues softly into a rich floral accord of jasmine, lily and tiare. The white florals are so well blended here, it’s hard to pick out the individual notes. Ambrette and tea lend a smoky fruity counterpoint to the blend, underscoring but not overwhelming the floral heart.
Wearing Floral Romantique also brings back strong olfactory memories of another great perfume love of mine: the sadly discontinued Eau D’Eden by Cacharel. Although Eau D’Eden was more an aquatic composition, there’s some similarity to the treatment of white florals. However, in Floral Romantique, they are of better quality and feel much more chic and elegant in nature.
Eau D’Eden accompanied me during some great times in my life: a beautiful holiday in Thailand; the Sydney Olympics, when the whole city was alive and in party mode; listening to one of my favourite U2 songs, Beautiful Day, on a clear and bright Sydney morning.
Photo Stolen Flickr
Thanks to these associations, Floral Romantique makes me feel joyous and optimistic. And once I finally land a bottle for my collection, I hope to have some more great memories to associate it with.
Further reading: Bois de Jasmin and The Non Blonde. For a more positive take, see CaFleureBon.
Floral Romantique is available at most Guerlain counters in department stores: $330/75ml.
Posh Peasant has samples starting at $8/ml
So, have you tried Floral Romantique? Was it love or hate for you? What perfumes do you love that others don’t?
With much love till next time!