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UN DIMANCHE À LA CAMPAGNE


As if Guerlain hadn’t already spoiled us with enough fragrance releases this year (fourteen in the first ten months, three of which were reissued scents), out of the blue comes Un Dimanche à la Campagne ("a Sunday in the countryside"). It’s an Eau de Cologne, but doesn’t fit into Guerlain’s Eau Fraîche line, as it comes in the tall cylindrical bottle with the wooden cap first made for Cologne du 68 and later for Le 68 Cologne Fond de Cuve, instead of the classic bee atomizer.

The new scent is worked around orange blossom, an ingredient that seems to be in vogue these days. At Guerlain, orange blossom is now celebrated as one of the historic Guerlinade ingredients. Often described as a "marshmallow" note, yielding a sense of fresh-sweet, romantic purity, orange blossom is prominent in several Jacques Guerlain creations (notably Après l’Ondée, L’Heure Bleue, and Liu), but also in contemporary scents like Insolence, Mademoiselle Guerlain, L’Heure de Nuit, Le Bouquet de la Mariée, and Néroli Outrenoir.

Un Dimanche à la Campagne has a fresh, crunchy start of bergamot, green herbs and orange blossom, followed by a soft, clean, linear drydown of sweet woody-nutty notes and white musk. Very pleasant and gentle, the result reminds us of a mix of Thierry Wasser’s Cologne du Parfumeur and the discontinued Cologne du 68.

The ml price of Un Dimanche à la Campagne is significantly lower than that of the Eaux Fraîches, but 160 € still seems a bit expensive for a pleasant Sunday walk in the French countryside.
(December 2016)


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