Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Les Parisiennes Mon Précieux Nectar Eau de Parfum ($270) is Guerlain's latest entry in its fragrance line. Actually, it's not really new, but more on that below.
A mouth-watering and addictive fragrance, whose exotic notes will make you travel far away. Its timeless fragrance trail recalls creations that were milestones in the history of perfumery. Vacillating between delicacy and voluptuousness, it reveals its true personality. At times it is dry and soft, at others enveloping or deliciously tender, one can only marvel at such olfactory complexity.
Mon Précieux Nectar opens with top notes of petit grain and "bitter" almond powder. The heart is composed with orange blossom and jasmine. The base notes are sandalwood, gaïac wood, vanilla, white musk, and barely detectible incense.
true cognacs with the distilled essence of bitter orange, in the vanilla cream. There are two "bitter" words used in the description here, yet Mon Précieux Nectar is smooth and edible. Every time I apply it, I spray some on my arm, creating a mini-feast for my senses. It almost makes my mouth water.
Now, Guerlain is making this highly exclusive treat (sorry about all the food references, but you'll see when you get a whiff) available to "the masses" - us. Guerlain's house perfumer, Thierry Wasser, reworked the original limited edition into an Eau De Parfum concentration that joins the La Parisiennes Collection and is offered in Guerlain's beautiful bee bottle. It looks very classy on my dresser.
Saks has an exclusive on Les Parisiennes Mon Précieux Nectar Eau de Parfum (Guerlain boutiques and Bergdorf Goodman have it too) until June, when other Guerlain sources will offer this gorgeous new Eau de Parfum.
Photos courtesy of Saks Firth Avenue, Vanity Fair, savertheworld.net, and askmissa.com