Guerlain – Finally, Mon Guerlain
Guerlain is the godmother of all perfume houses. It created the original bad girl’s scent, Shalimar, and for this reason alone it is worshipped by perfume critics worldwide. Released in the days when well-bred ladies only wore perfumes made of delicate flowers, Shalimar was a vanilla growl of a scent that is now one of the best-selling perfumes of all time.
I personally can’t wear it though. Although I can appreciate its mastery, it’s waaaaay too old fashioned for me.
So whenever I hear that Guerlain is releasing a new scent, I get very excited. Maybe this will be my Guerlain – the one I can wear?
Angelina Jolie is the face of its latest launch called Mon Guerlain and it claims to be inspired by her strong, free and sensual femininity. Mon Guerlain is an oriental scent with notes of lavender, jasmine, sandalwood and vanilla meant to capture contemporary womanhood. I have to take a moment to applaud the step of using Angelina Jolie as the model – say what you like about her, she is one of the very few female celebrities who has successfully broken into the (mostly) all-boys’ club of film directing. You go girl.
But politics aside, does it smell good?
This is a sweet scent that has an underlying saltiness to it. It’s almost like a woman has gone surfing, decided not to bother having a shower and instead sprays herself with her favourite sweet scent. This salty sweetness reminds me of Jo Malone’s Wood Sage and Sea Salt combined with Victor Rolf’s Flowerbomb.
And I have to say I love it. I’m a sucker for salty sweet foods and this perfume really does it for me. It does indeed smell of a contemporary woman, perhaps one who can swim, surf, then crack out the heels for a quick evening cocktail before going happily going home alone.
Helen Easson is a self-confessed beauty addict, with a particular weakness for beautiful perfumes. An international freelance writer and author; Helen lives in Auckland, New Zealand.