Suede Osmanthe 5.1 by Pierre Guillaume for Parfumerie Generale 2017




Hello Niche Nerds,

A few weeks ago a Press Sample of Parfumerie Generale Suede Osmanthe 5.1 arrived in the mail. It was two days before I left for India so naturally it got put aside in the flurry of organising. I grabbed it again and took it to meet Rasei Forte and Kerri Clarke recently for lunch so I could also gauge their reactions. Sometimes I worry that my own adoration of Pierre Guillaume colours the way I smell his fragrances. They all seem so flawlessly created, smooth where they should be, shocking or inventive, weird and wonderful. Yet, he manages to make even his most challenging scents wearable, comfortable to wear even. That’s quite a trick.

Pierre Guillaume is a fragrance free-radical. Running his empire of four brands from two large compounds, not owned or funded by the big boys and almost everything is put together there as it comes to us. He tries to keep as much of the production French, including bottles and packing. The more I know about him the more impressed I am by his acumen.

Suede Osmanthe 5.1 by Parfumerie Generale 2017

Suede Osmanthe 5.1 by Pierre Guillaume


Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Aldehydes, black tea, osmanthus, apricot, suede, cashmeran, musk

Imagine apricot jam (verging on a marmalade, there’s a tartness to the sweet), black tea and a brand new expensive leather bag. If you can remember these three scents olfactorally, then you understand the premise behind the opening of Suede Osmanthe 5.1. For once I am not talking about a sideways perfume style hint towards the fruity jam, here I can smell it like it’s warming on my toast. Enjoy this beautiful opening for less than 10 minutes.

Suede Osmanthe 5.1 is beautiful. Sweet, green, fruity, plush suede and very sexy. Imagine if Daim Blond was amped towards canned fruit in sugar syrup and greened out.

I kind of have an idea what osmanthus smells like, Jin is far more able to pick it than I. To me it is like a creamy green floral but Jin says I have not really captured the interest or essence of osmanthus in my short description. So, obviously, Your Mileage May Vary.

Parfumerie Generale has from €68/30ml
LuckyScent has $125/50ml and Samples

Which is your favourite Pierre Guillaume scent?
Portia xx


25 thoughts on “Suede Osmanthe 5.1 by Pierre Guillaume for Parfumerie Generale 2017

  1. Oooh this sounds yummy, Portia. It could be my first bottle from the brand, you never know. I love osmanthus and suede plus it’s good that there is a tartness to the apricot jam.

    I do have a fondness for Musc Maori.

    I didn’t know PG did 30ml bottles. Cool.


    • Hey Tara,
      Yeah, they hardly sell them anywhere but PG makes them from his site. I LOVE this idea and am thinking of buying the whole lot in 30ml and line them up (over a few years of collecting)
      Portia xx


  2. Hi Portia, This has been on my radar since I heard about it. It sounds like something I would enjoy. Like Tara, I love Musc Maori also Iris Taizo. Sandra xo


    • Hey there Sandra,
      I know you love PG, I think I bought a couple of your babies in the country change cleanout, yeah?
      This could definitely be your thing.
      Portia xx


  3. Osmanthus….delicious! I had a tiny vial of the absolute once, it was apricot and leather and slightly mouth puckering. I can only imagine what Suede Osmanthus is like. Onto the list ot goes!


    • Excellent birthday gift to yourself Anastasia,
      It’s a good price too. Can’t wait to hear how many you fall madly in love with.
      Portia xx


    • I hope STC does get it.
      Yeah, I giggle silently to myself whenever I put that in. Perfumistas are totally frag geeks.
      Portia xx


  4. Hi Honey. My favourite is none of them. 😊
    But I dooooo want to try this, indeed I asked at ALZD, but they did not have it yet. When I was in Zürich with Vero, she gave me some osmanthus absolute to smell. It was so opulent, delectable, a blend of apricots and sweet plums, honey shimmers ….. suedey. Incredibly beautiful. It’s damn expendive, it features in Naja.
    I will search this PG out. Bussis.


  5. Mmmm, some of my favourite ingredients in one perfume: apricot, aldehydes and suede…I’ll order a sample for sure.
    I haven’t tried all PG creations, of course, but the one I like most so far is Grand Siecle Intense – a slightly bitter citrus. Absolutely lovely in the heat.


  6. Sorry to be so late (darned computer problems). Just want to say that I love Pierre (well, who wouldn’t???!) and I am also a fan of his perfumes. Ilang Ivohibe is my favourite, and I am still amazed by that as I am not usually too keen on sweetness, but this is such a happy smell and there is a tang of lime tempering the vanilla, with white flowers dancing in the background. Plus it has great longevity. Rose Brulure is another and I am testing Louanges at the moment, bought purely ‘cos it was a bargain and how could I go wrong with a PG??


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