FLORAL CORSETRY : CHAMPS ELYSEES by GUERLAIN (1996)

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A prim and proper, pleasant, yet slightly humourless creature that was quite anomalous in the Guerlain lineup when it was first released– no powdery gourmand tones, not even a hint of curve-licking odalisque – Champs Elysées, a somewhat distancing, snooty, cleaner-than-thou scent of tight-waisted, glassy imperviousness, was created, in the mid nineties,  among a short-lasted, miniature wave of neo-classicism:  along with Cartier’s So Pretty, Gucci’s Envy, and their American equivalents Estée Lauder‘s Pleasures and White Linen Breeze, it heralded a new, rain-clear floralcy; well-mannered to a fault; upright: petals-and-leaves only if you please: no musks and vanillas nor any other funky business, just that girded, upright, floral frame around which to structure your smiling, but guarded, PTA- friendly persona.

Yet we need such scents sometimes: we need scents for all manner of moods and situations, surely, and Champs Elysées, a rather lovely spring perfume in my opinion, is the best…

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  1. Another thought on Champs Elysees…I never disliked it but always felt that although it smelled nice, something always seemed off to me and the fragrance made me feel melancholy and a little uneasy…unlike a lot of other scents that make me feel very happy and more joyeous with ever whiff.

    • I definitely got that the first time I smelled it as well. In way it’s strangely depressing….but at least it has some psychological complexity I suppose (which is more than can be said to many of the current mainstream scents, which strike me as extraORDINARILY low IQ)

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