A look at the sumptuous Mon Guerlain EDP
The perfume Angelina Jolie calls her invisible tattoo
When it was announced in January that Angelina Jolie was fronting the new Guerlain fragrance, we were very, very intrigued indeed. She had just completed her fourth feature film, passion project First They Killed My Father, and had closed a major chapter in her extraordinarily public life. This bittersweet time was to be capped with the perfume house's most ambitious release in a spell.
The fragrance itself, a fresh oriental with a gourmand twist, is one that nods to nostalgia (Jolie remembers her mother keeping a Guerlain powder, scented with iris and violet), craftsmanship, legacy and the values and search for a modern femininity.
Worn, it begins sweet and softly floral, drying down woody but never heavy. The notes are a delicious, unpredictably delicate tahitensis vanilla, carla lavender, sambac jasmine and sandalwood. There are also notes of bergamot, iris, rose and coumarin. These are built on the house's lasting relationships with the suppliers of their precious origins.
"We know every last detail about our jasmine, our sandalwood, our lavender and our vanilla, because we buy our raw materials from men and women we have met and whom I have come to know closely over time," says Thierry Wasser, the fifth generation Guerlain perfumer.
The bottle, too, is a nod to legacy. Named the quadrilobe for the alchemist's bottle-style stopper resembling four lobes, the bottle has housed a series of iconic and legendary Guerlain fragrances since its creation by Gabriel Guerlain and Baccarat in 1908. It goes without saying that the curves and heft make a centrepiece fit for any perfume tray.
Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum retails for RM290 for 30ml, RM410 for 50ml and RM580 for 100ml.