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FALL FLOWERS


For the second time, Guerlain has collaborated with Arita Porcelain Lab in Japan, creating a porcelain bottle inspired by the 1912 heart-shaped stopper bottle. Adding to the Japanese association, last year’s Arita edition was made for Mitsouko, Jacques Guerlain’s 1919 fruity chypre masterpiece named after the heroine of a love story set in Japan.

The 2017 edition contains a new EdP fragrance called Fall Flowers. Guerlain boutiques have testers of the scent for the curious who don’t want to pay 650 € for a bottle of perfume, almost twice as much as the Mitsouko edition. An Arita bottle made to hold sake is priced at around 100 €, and a new juice just doesn’t justify the extra 550 € for this release.

Apart from the inflated price, there are two things about Fall Flowers that are difficult to come to terms with, the first being that Guerlain asked Arita Porcelain Lab to replace the beautiful heart-shaped stopper with a bric-a-brac figurine shaped like a flower, and secondly, the name. We do understand that the flower stopper references the fact that it’s a floral fragrance, but the only thing autumnal about this scent is that it was launched in September. Instead, we find a lemony-honeyed, summery, and very classic floral bouquet of jasmine, rose, tuberose, ylang-ylang, and a sunny top note of peach, in the rich, lady-like manner of Jacques and Jean-Paul Guerlain’s Ode (1955). As such, it’s not a particularly exciting fragrance release, but Guerlain is to be commended for proposing something that is so much classier than J’Adore Dior and Chanel’s Gabrielle.
(September 2017)


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