I have tried a tester of the new perfume that is housed inside the reissued Baccarat tortoise bottle. The fragrance doesn't have a name (the tester just says "Flacon Tortue"), but this is obviously, as mentioned earlier, a reworked version of Parfum du 68 from 2013. Or, more precisely, of the intenser Extrait du 68.
Extrait du 68 was a wonderfully woody and spicy floral-gourmand fragrance, with lush magnolia, rose, jasmine and orange blossom mixed with cardamom and the softly pine-like scent of immortelle, all on a warm and comfortable base of tonka bean, vanilla, benzoin, balsamic resins, cedarwood, and white musk.
The Flacon Tortue fragrance most likely contains all of these ingredients too, but the top note is significantly more floral, with a very feminine aura of jasmine and orange blossom. Also, the fragrance is fruitier, which Guerlain ascribes to the inclusion of osmanthus blossom, a flower with fruity-leathery notes of plum, prunes and apricot.
A delightful fragrance, which Guerlain has produced in only forty-seven 60 ml bottles (less than three litres), each priced at 9,500 €.
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