(Mini) Perfume Review: Quand Vient La Pluie by Guerlain

September 11th, 2007

I’m not quite back to my normal smelly self yet so this will be a somewhat condensed version of a perfume review. I’m not quite sure yet if I’ll come around at all, considering how it’s been going. There’s also a change coming up in my life that I can’t talk about yet (no, it’s not physiological). While my nose’s taking an open-ended vacation (with occasional sniffs here and there), my need for sensory experiences is compensated by a strong interest in nutrition (eating fat is good, y’all!) See, this is supposed to be a (mini) review, and here I am digressing like there’s no tomorrow. So, perfume. As reported earlier, a Guerlain maniac as myself has been anxiously awaiting the release of Quand Vient La Pluie (“When The First Raindrops Begin To Fall” – such is the translation in the press release), a limited edition fragrance exclusive to Guerlain boutique in Paris and Bergdorf Goodman in New York. I’m happy to report I quite like it, and that’s all I’m going to say. Sigh. Okay. Maybe not. The scent seems more Guerlain-like than the previous two limited editions (Plus Que Jamais and Nuit d’Amour) with its top notes of powdery heliotrope and iris that’s somewhat resembling Iris Ganache. The next stage is sort of sugary orange blossom that makes me a bit uneasy as it seems a bit too sweet. The drydown saves the day (and nose), however: it is fluffy and velvety and crystal-like all at once. I really do like it and wish it could just magically drop on my lap. The price, in case you’re wondering, is $400 for a 7.5 ml refillable bottle of eau de parfum (that also includes a refill of 50 ml), and $2,600 for a 7.5 ml refillable bottle and a whopping 490 ml refill of pure parfum. I’d say go for the latter. You can order it from Jason Beers at Bergdorf Goodman (212-872-2734).

P.S. Back to my slumber I go. Perhaps you can revive me with your new discoveries?

P.P.S. Forgot to mention why the price is so prohibitive: the bottle is frosted Swarovski crystal in the shape of a rain drop (designed by Serge Mansau). Pretty cool.

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  • 1. Marina  |  September 12th, 2007 at 6:27 am

    Swarovski crystals are everywhere, seriously. No truly new discoveries to interest you, unfortunately. But a couple of re-discoveries, like Piment Brulant. Did that revive you at all? :-)

  • 2. March  |  September 12th, 2007 at 7:54 am

    Did the perfumers at Guerlain somehow wind up with a giant drum of heliotrope-iris-benzoin they’re trying to get rid of? I am really getting cross about this endless stream of tame, powdery things. (Drums fingers impatiently).

    Sous le Vent looks better and better. Oh, wait — that was a reissue from the 30s, never mind… :-(

  • 3. Teri  |  September 12th, 2007 at 10:01 am

    I wish I had the magic elixir to revive the sleeping princess, but alas, nothing new has rocked my world recently. I know if I were a sleeping princess and someone waved a vial of a revolutionary new chypre fragrance under my nose, I’d be up in a flash! :)

    Good to see you back, albeit in limited form. In case you’re wondering if you’re missed, I check here every single day to see if you’d brought us anything new.

  • 4. violetnoir  |  September 12th, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Ooh, you are back, Ina! I missed you.

    I can’t wait to sniff that Guerlain. Can’t wait…can’t wait…can’t wait! You are the second person who has mentioned how lovely it is.

    Well, back to sleep you go. Don’t stay away from us for too long, okay?


  • 5. Judith  |  September 20th, 2007 at 11:18 am

    Well, I had already decided this would probably be too sweet and “fluffY’ for me, and your review seems to confirm that. Glad to see you posting though. Hope whatever change is happening is for the good!

    PS Just saw the DNA thing from the day before. Hokey, I guess, but if it weren’t so expensive I would be interested to try it. And I really like that shoe bottle!

  • 6. Lucy  |  September 27th, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Even if you can post only once in awhile, we would all be very glad to read what you are thinking about — with an email notification we can all just get an update when you do post.

    As to the Guerlain, I tried it at the Sniffa Guerlain class, it was wonderful, but the price ($2600 limited edition) just so over the top…

  • 7. mystic bean  |  October 5th, 2007 at 11:41 am

    new here in these parts, been lovin’ fragrance since I was young…bought 3 Dior fragrances by the time I was 14..the originals in the sixties….for 20 years I have been in the espresso business, now roasting, cupping and blending our own coffee beans…there is a connection here that is developing in my mind…training the olfactory nerves to recognize and to blend accentuating the notes you prefer…anyway this is an invasion of your blog but wanted to urge you out of your smellers block…maybe this philosophical rant is worth discussion of it’s own…
    enjoyed the bit about your trip with smellin things to NYC…I want to fly to SCENT BAR for the day in LA just to smell everything…maybe we could do a group trip?
    today I am wearing Apercu by Houbigant, yesterday I bought a bottle of White Tuberose by Anthousa for $12.99…that was fun.
    Carol at Mystic

  • 8. merlot  |  October 6th, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    I’m in the same boat as you, Ina. Very little interest in perfumes and rarely wearing one. Maybe it’s sensory overload and we just need some downtime.

    Oddly, I’m not missing my former fanatical interest in scent at all. It’s something of a relief. I think I will eventually find a middle ground somewhere between the no-interest and the rabid interest.

    Sometimes it is just nice to take a break. :-)

  • 9. Tamara  |  October 9th, 2007 at 10:05 am

    Ina, please promise you’ll share with us the news as soon as you can. I was very intrigued by your description of this scent until I saw the price. Thank you for saving me from a very expensive perfume craving! And I hope all is well there. :-)

  • 10. winterwheat  |  October 24th, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    Can’t wait to try this one either, Ina. Your words are the ultimate temptation. :-)

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