L'Heure de Nuit by Thierry Wasser for Guerlain 2012

Hello Stink Monkeys!!

In 2012 L’Heure Bleue had its 100th birthday. In  honour of that extraordinary milestone Thierry Wassser and the Guerlain team put together a fabulous set of three new fragrances built around the L’Heure Bleue magic but in essence dedicated to different hours of the day and the only one that made it the regular range is…….

L’Heure de Nuit by Guerlain 2012

L'Heure de Nuit Guerlain FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
White musk, orange blossom, iris, heliotrope, jasmine, rose, sandalwood

I have been trying to get this post written for years. I buy a decant and wear it for a day or two, get ready to write my post and “swoosh” the damn decant disappears. Clearly I have been putting them down and in a rush to clean, for one reason or another, the decant gets put away. WELL….. I found one of my earliest L’Heure de Nuit decants (I think) from a Ruth K split. It’s the softest violet grey colour in a smaller decant, so pretty.

Of course the Guerlain mini bee bottle is reason enough to wish for this fragrance but what does it smell like? OMG! How I love this magical fragrance. It is candied violets and musk sticks, sugar plum fairies and hearts desire.

lheure-de-nuit-guerlain Sugar Plum Fairy SammyDavisDog FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Sheer, smooth and elegant. A cool, sweet smelling beauty that is light as air and hefty as a bowling ball. The first hours sillage is really amazing, especially considering how soft the fragrance feels to wear. I know the notes don’t list licorice or anise but I smell them softly woven through the flowers, lightly rooty and diaphanous white floral that really conjures up the feeling of evening in the placid cool of winter Paris, where the air is crystal clear and you are warmed in your long-johns and puffer jacket. MMMMMM.  The sense of quiet expectation hinted at in L’Heure Bleue is fully realised in this modern lilac reinterpretation. Sweet, floral, magical expectation. On a night like this……

Jin Waffle ParisJin having a hot banana chocolate waffle dusk Paris Jan 2013

Longevity is out of this world. I spritzed L’Heure de Nuit at around midnight last night, it’s nearly 2pm and I still have a sweet and creamy fragrance dolloped over a wash of much nicer than laundry musks. It’s still clean and fresh smelling and when I stick my head into my T-Shirt and the freshness is mixed with my after sleep man smell the whole fragrance is really yummy.

Further reading: Candy Perfume Boy and Alembicated Genie
Guerlain counters at larger department stores or Guerlain stand alone stores stock L’Heure de Nuit
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $6.50/ml

Did you get to try L’Heure de Nuit?
Portia xx

4 thoughts on “L'Heure de Nuit by Thierry Wasser for Guerlain 2012

  1. I really have to stop reading this blog. Your writing is so evocative that I end up with more and more fragrance, it’s taking over my bureau. Ack! Must try L’Heure de Nuit, I am drawn toward iris and want to experience the winter Paris vibe you so beautifully described. I am ordering a sample today! (Love the picture of Jin with Eiffel Tower in background.)
    Warm aloha,


    • Hey Fifi,
      Sorry love. It’s the nature of our addiction.
      How cute is Jin, he was so freaking happy when he got that waffle. He is such a good sport about fragrance, history and art taking over our holidays but this was his one Paris moment. All his. He was completely and utterly blissed out.
      Portia xx


  2. Hi Portia, for some reason I have never tried this on my skin. You do make it sound wonderful and I will certainly seek it out now. Have a wonderful day. Sandra xo


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