Merry Christmas !! WINTER DELICE by GUERLAIN (2000)


Christmas day.


Stuffed with turkey and all the trimmings, wine and champagne, and pudding you really didn’t need (plus that custard and brandy cream), you take a walk outside for some much needed fresh air.


The smell of the dinner and the warmth of the light still linger on your clothes,  but now you walk down the road away from the house, head for the park and the night-green to clear your head in readiness for part two………


Pine and fir trees; balsams, sugar, frankincense and vanilla essence: these are the principle ingredients in Winter Délice: an unusual and uncommercial perfume that is just perfect for this time of year, as it conjures the entire day: from dinner; to church, and the walk through the yew trees home…..






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24 responses to “Merry Christmas !! WINTER DELICE by GUERLAIN (2000)

  1. penseedautomne

    Joyeux Noel!

  2. alabasterwrists

    I have been yearning to try Winter Delice for several years but could never find it online (always sold out at the discount sites). I hear it is one of the better ones of these limited edition Guerlains. And it sounds like the quintessential Christmas fragrance! Would go perfect with the snow we are expecting!
    Happy Holidays, Neil to you and your readers!

    • ginzaintherain

      It is no masterpiece, so you don’t worry that you are missing out too much, but it is definitely unique. A little unfinished, and very simple, but definitely very wintery and Christmassy ( and now we know what I can send you!)

      Happy holidays to you and yours

  3. Happy Holidays, Neil!
    See you in 2013. 🙂

  4. Happy holidays! Solstice, yuletide and hogmany blessings. This is a lovely review! xxx

  5. Debbie Lauri

    Wonderful visual Neil. I Love the vanilla essence…

  6. ninakane1

    This sounds utterly divine. For some reason the thought of pine, sugar and frankincense together totally intrigues. And the illustrations also brought a little joy to my day – one of my favourite Flower Fairies! Would stare at this pic for hours as a kid. Will try this one. Hope your Christmas was good xx

    • ginzaintherain

      We had a lovely Christmas, thanks…Nice morning walk by the lake, then champagne and music and a great dinner.

      I was wearing this, and it can on no account be described as divine (it feels a little unfinished, I always think), but the end is an intriguing, strange, almost dirty vanilla, very Guerlain, the incense remaining until the end. The sugar note is there too, and combined with the coniferous top notes it makes a very particular scent. Maybe it would suit you actually, although I couldn’t say for sure. I only have a little miniature bottle I got somewhere and I just save it for certain occasions, always in winter!

  7. Merry Christmas and belated Season’s Greetings! I hope that this message finds you well and I wish you a very happy New Year!

  8. Reblogged this on The Black Narcissus and commented:

    Hoping you have a lovely day, whatever you may be doing, wherever you may be..

    • ninakane1

      And you! Wearing Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee EDT! Mint, oranges, chocolate and pine! Christmas Day divine with a hint of 1950s blue sky and snowy chalet celluloid joy! Have fun xx

  9. Tora

    Have a very Merry Holiday Neil !!!!

  10. Bright, clear, chilly Christmas morning here in New Mexico. We live in a city, but can watch coyotes playing in the open space next to our house. Everything is divinely peaceful right now, and I’ve finally settled on SSS Tabac Aurea as my SOTM. Wouldn’t trade where I am for anything right now. Thanks for a year of gorgeous writing.

  11. cj

    Merry Christmas, Neil! I think I’ve only commented once here before, but I wanted to finally say how much I love reading what you write here, and thank you for it. Your writing is so beautiful. I’m enjoying a crisply cold, snowy, quiet Christmas, visiting my parents in Thunder Bay, Ontario. We’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of some dear family friends to begin our Christmas dinner festivities. I’m wearing Dark Wave, by Olo (an indie perfumer in Portland), which is a cozy cardamom/woody/vetiver. It’s rich and comforting but as an oil it wears pretty close, so it won’t bug my fragrance-phobe mom. Of course, it will also be enriched by the smells of actual Christmas that are filling the house: mulled cider, roasting turkey, and all those good things! Christmas is certainly the best smelling holiday. 🙂

  12. Katy

    Merry Christmas! I look forward to your writing in the new year and thank you for all your wonderful posts this past year. SOTD is Tauer Lonestar Memories, which I received for Christmas and am fascinated by. How can a scent start out so dry and smokey(birch tar) and end so deliciously green and camphorous? Perhaps my nose is reading the jasmine in the dry down. Maybe menthol is a better description of what my nose is registering 5 hours from the initial application.

  13. Natalie

    Happy holidays!

  14. Martha

    Happy Holidays, Neil. I love the image of the yew fairy. Do you know the artist? I have a small picture of the burdock fairy by the same artist, but I can’t remember his/her name. Those old illustrations from (western) children’s books of fairy tales are a delight.

    On Christmas Day I wore vintage Tabu parfum. Every time I wear it, a different olfactory aspect emerges. Yesterday it was very spicy and reminded me of Nuit de Noel.

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