I was in Tokyo again today, the cherry blossom in full bloom, and went to the Ginza Guerlain boutique for a quick peep. There on the counter was the new version of Guerlain’s 1906 Muguet, a limited edition that is only available for one day a year – on May 1st, the day in France when people traditionally give each other sprigs of lily-of-the-valley as a ‘porte bonheur’, or good luck charm.
Though not available yet, there it was as a tantalizer. The fragrance: a gorgeously rounded, very expensive, creamy and more Guerlain-ish version of Diorissimo, all very well and good, but LOOK AT THE LABEL ON THE BOTTLE.
I want to disappear into that muguet embossed paper: the purity, the imprinted delicacy….