Saturday, June 16, 2007

Institut de Beaute Guerlain-Paris

My favorite fragrance house in all of Paris is Guerlain. In fact, I joke with my friend (we will call said friend J. Alfred) that Guerlain is my church. It is where I worship. If only I were kidding.
The new Institut de Beaute' Guerlain is gorgeous. I have received 17 emails asking me what fragrances I bought, so I thought I would dedicate a whole post to Guerlain and the fragrances I could not leave Paris without.

Ahhh PHILTRE D'AMOUR......gorgeous. Stephanie at Guerlain in Paris told me this was a "boudoir" fragrance. Whatever--boudoir, kitchen or tool shed back behind the house--this one had me at Bon Jour. I love it. Very feminine and very smoldering. MEOW!

GUERLINADE is another fragrance I fell for . It is floral and soft and perfect for summer. Guerlinade is very light, yet can still get you noticed. So beautiful.

The third one I could not leave behind was IRIS GANACHE. I know that this is fragrance turns too sweet on some people, but on me it dries down to a gorgeous, soft skin scent. I adore it. In fact, I have worn it the most since returning home.

I was so happy to see the new Guerlain "Musee" after hearing so much about it. It really is all they say......and more. I loved so many things there, and would have brought home one of everything if I could.

Care to share your favorite Guerlain fragrances?

I will post my Serge Lutens love in another post.

Have a beautiful day!

Oh -and thanks to Ina for the correction!

(all photos property of Parisjasmal/MonkeyPosh L.L.C)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Iris Glace the same as Iris Ganache? I *love* Iris Ganache and plan to purchase a bottle soon. Philtre d'Amour is to die for, I agree, esp. the drydown. Guerlain could easily be my church, too. Hope I can go there some day. What a fun post! :)

10:01 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

OMG Ina!
YES I meant Ganache. What a nimrod am I? I was thinking in my brain about speaking French and how Ganache is like an icing and Glace's is an my brain was working overtime and I wrote down the wrong word. You are bilingual, so you can understand how sometimes the words all run together and my brain can get very jumbled with the French words!
PLUS I had been watching the Food Network all moring where Ina (HA) Garton made a glace.
Thanks for the correction. I will correct it on my blog.

I hope you can make it there too. It is a real treat.

Lovely day!

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks beautiful. Thank you for posting photos of Guerlain and your purchases.

I want to go so bad. Someday.

6:05 AM  
Blogger violetnoir said...

My favorite Guerlain? I'm not sure, J. Really...I'm not.

But, when I finally walk through those doors of that shrine known as Guerlain at 68 Champs Elysees, I am sure that I will declare one of their fragrances my absolute favorite. :):)

Hugs and love!

8:37 AM  
Blogger priscilla said...

Oh I'm so jealous I can hardly even type! How wonderful! Glad you're back ...My favorite Guerlain is one you can get state-side, Vol de Nuit. Not that it's easy to pick a favorite! ;-)

4:07 PM  
Blogger WinterWheat said...

Wow, looks like you had a great trip! I'm dying to try Iris Ganache but was put off by the "too sweet" reviews; now you've reawakened my lemmings. (Do they have it at Guerlain boutiques in the U.S.?)

7:27 PM  
Blogger k said...

hi! i'm totally linking to your blog. i'm a beauty product junkie & a rabid francopjile. i haven't been to paris in 7 years and i miss it sooooo bad!
thanks for your comments on my blog-
here is a good resource for your cousin.
i think my daughter is precious, too, but it's nice to hear it from other people! :)

10:21 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

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4:08 AM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

Hi Anon-
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you get the chance to go to Guerlain in Paris soon. It is a total treat.

Hello Lovely R-
How are you love? I cannot wait to hear your loves when you grace Guerlain with your presence! I want a full report. Oh and while you are there, have one of the SA's take you up to the spa just to take a looksee. It is so peaceful, divine, and so Guerlain.
Much love to you!

Hi GreenEyes--
Thanks for the kind words! AHH Vol de Nuit! So beautiful. I made a promise to myself to ONLY buy things I cannot get here in the US.

Hello Sweets! I would be more than happy to send you some Iris Ganache.
I can see where it could go sweet, but lucky for me--just soft and skin like. Does Perfect Veil turn sweet on you? I ask that becasue the drydown of Ganache on me is very soft and only (slightly) sweet.
Happy 16 months to Flea.

Hi Karen--
Thanks for the shoe link! My cousin once when to Dallas and was looking for cute shoes and the lady at Barneys there gave her a GREAT secret. She pointed her in the direction of the shoe stores where the Drag Queens shop. Those stores make lovely shoes but primarily for the larger feet of MEN--so there were a lot more styles to be found. You know Drag Queens are faboo--so she got some cool shoes!
Thanks for linking me up. I will link you today too.

Always lovely to chat with another lover of France!

Have a great day!

4:18 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I'm so jealous of your trip! I would love to go and just spend an afternoon at Guerlain smelling and testing everything in sight!

12:21 AM  
Blogger BalticGirl said...

I am going to hit the Guerlain mothership in October and I was wondering how you got your precious cargo safely home. I have not been to Paris since the ban on more than 3 ounces of liquid in hand luggage and I have always hand carried my scents home with me. Looking to get etrait and edp's only so maybe this will not be a problem for one item...what about the bottles with stoppers? I plan to have a checked bag or 2 (LOL). Also, just wondering, if you buy something or two or three in Duty free can you shove that in your hand luggage which is all you have at that point anyway? Hope you can shed some light on this as I plan to definitely pick up some beauties while in Paris for a day or two. Thanks!!

1:53 PM  
Blogger Parisjasmal said...

Hi Christine-

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you visit Guerlain in Paris too and just sniff your heart out!
Have a great day.

Hi BalticGirl,

Thanks for visiting my blog.
I went prepared for bringing fragrance home. I took empty rubbermaid type containers with snap side closures and I took some bubble wrap.
Guerlain has boxes that restrict the fragrances from moving around at all. The bottles (even the stopper ones) fit very snug into a soft cut out inside the box. I was not worried about the Guerlain bottles. I wrapped them in clothes and put them in my checked bag.
The Serge Lutens were a different story. The boxes they come in are not secure. I actually used band aids (it was all I could find) to secure the stoppers on the bottles(it worked beautifully) then I put them in the rubbermaid type containers, wrapped them with the bubble wrap, put them in my luggage and prayed.
Everthing made it home safe and sound.

Some Duty Free shops in the airport will sell you the fragrance then take it to your gate and give it to you right as you get on the plane --so you have no time to do anything crazy with it.
Have a GREAT time in Paris and I hope all your fragrances make it to your home safe and sound.

3:19 PM  
Blogger BalticGirl said...

Thank you so much for the packing tips! I never would have thought of the rubbermaid type containers! Bubblewrap I've been hoarding for the trip! I have been worrying about this ever since I found out about my trip! Sounds like Guerlain has it down with those boxes. I really appreciate your advice. Now all I have to worry about is the plane change we must make to get home! Hopefully the precious cargo will make it safe and sound!

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for Jardins de Bagatelle. Yes- I know it is sweet and flowery but I bought in in Paris in the late 1990's and it just smells like Paris to me. There are also times when i really like Nahema.

Also - I love Guerlain's Habit Rouge and Vetiver for men. It is hard to find a sexier fragrance for men than Guerlain's Vetiver!

11:11 AM  

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