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May 25, 2005

Fragrance review: Guerlain Apres l'Ondee


Rated 4.5 out of 5.0

Star rating: 5 stars--outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars--very good, 3 stars--adequate, 2 stars--disappointing, 1 star--poor.

Guerlain Après l'Ondée was created by Jacques Guerlain in 1906.  I loved this scent right away for its wonderfully delicate combination of orange blossom and violet, tinged with a spicy anise note. The first accord is reminiscent of a spring garden after a tempestuous May shower as the damp earth, drenched leaves and flowers begin to warm up under the sun. The aura of this fragrance is effervescent, innocent and joyous. But there is a dark timbre to Après l'Ondée as well. It is similar to the moment after the rain is over; the sun is shining, yet the clouds still cast somber shadows upon the landscape. The heart blossoms with iris and violet, which much to my delight, is a departure from the traditionally sweet candy-like violet notes. The carnation is subdued and merely adds a spicy ornament. The dry down is smooth and tender, with the sugared almond, vanilla and musk lending it an abstract gourmand sensation. Après l'Ondée is a garden in the first flush of bloom, yet to reveal all of its secrets.

The review refers to the eau de toilette of Après l'Ondée. The extrait de parfum is much stronger and longer lasting, with a fairly pronounced velvety iris. It is miles away from the paler EDT. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued due to IFRA regulations on potential allergens which it contained. Nevertheless, for the lack of a better option, the EDT is highly recommended.

My other, more personal, tribute to Après l'Ondée: Guerlain Apres L'Ondee ~ A Love Story 



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