Guerlain (1929)

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Raymond Guerlain
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305 said this fragrance was "an olfactory poem dedicateed to femininity.", and is named after the character in Puccini's opera Turandot. Reissued in 2005 for the renovated flagship Guerlain store on the Champs-Elysees. Reorchestrated by Jean Paul Guerlain.

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Reviews of Liù by Guerlain

There are 17 reviews of Liù by Guerlain.

The original formulation:

The opening of a rich dark and velvety May rose, a bergamot and a smoldering neroli - the latter two brightens things up a bit - and a fresh breeze of aldehydes - results in a very idiosyncratic and voluptuously delicious start - delicious!

The drydown keeps the rose as a leitmotif and adds a lovely jasmine that adds a slightly powdery undertone to the whole mix, And is joined by a very restrainedly spicy orris which darkens a bit more and adds more depth to it. Whiffs of dark chocolate are present at times.

An ambery vanilla adds some more sweetness in the base, and a times the amber appears to gain the upper hand, which results in the sweetness never becoming too intrusive. There is a subtle sandalwood present, but it provides more of a woodsy background than and lasting sandalwood aroma.

I get moderate sillage, good projection and nine hours of longevity on my skin.

A rich and refined scent for colder spring or warmer autumn evenings, this is a well-crafted, intense but nonetheless luxuriatingly elegant creation. Whilst the choice of ingredients is not wildly original and the use of aldehydes became a bit of a craze in the days if its release, the quality of the said ingredients is high, and the performance respectable. Overall 3.75/5.
Apr 11, 2020

EDT, vintage...

Gorgeous aldehydes here! Powdery, feminine rose. Iris becomes prominent nearly right away. Dusty stuff, this is. Other floral notes mix in, mingle. Iris seems to shine the most, to my nose... A few hints of a buttery something, and then some jasmine. This, is how I think of, and what, I think of, as a true Guerlain, and how their classics stand the test of time. Everything just flows smoothly with no choppiness. They don't make them like this anymore.

Gentle vanilla, amber, and a note like a cream-soaked wood comes later. Beautiful!
Jul 29, 2019

Liu by Guerlain is one of those golden, radiant, juicy and opulent floral bombs, rich in petals, powder, aldehydes and Mittel-European sumptuosity. Classic and sophisticated, soapy and distinguished - not a skanky "bitchy" chypre for sure, rather powdery, floral and aldehydic. It reminds me of both Chanel n.5 and Chanel Bois des Iles, although Liu smells somehow more dry, simple and bright. Beautiful for sure, nonetheless: full of grace and neoclassic opulence, perhaps a little "academic" as regards of the adherence to a sort of cliché, but undoubtedly pleasant, well made, crisp, cozy and refined. Bold sillage and long, perfect persistence. The perfect gift for any self-confident and elegant woman.

Oct 7, 2014

Wow, Liu is seriously beautiful. I know people say this is boring, or a copy of Chanel No. 5, but I have to say that I find this extremely enjoyable and sensual on its own terms. It combines the snowy, sharp aldehydes of Chanel No. 5 with the warm vanillic Guerlainade of the far dry down of Shalimar, and along the way also manages to reference the slightly dirty/Cussons Imperial Leather soap-y feel to Cuir de Russie. The Chanel-esque aldehydes add a sprinkle of starlight and lift to the heavy, dry, velvet base typical of Guerlain oldies. It is simply delightful and delicious. Mind you, since I own either full bottles or decants of the three perfumes I have just mentioned, I am unlikely to be putting this on my buy list. Still, to anyone who is a fan of the classic Chanels and the old school Guerlains, I think you would really savor this. Hearkens back to times when perfumes were put together with thought and care for both execution and raw materials. Sorry that this review is not terribly descriptive - I find it difficult, especially with my beginner's nose, to describe the older Chanels and Guerlains in an adequate way.
Jun 2, 2014

Sparkle, followed by WarmthLiu eau de parfum opens with bright, sparkling aldehydes and white florals -- yes, at this stage there is similarity to Chanel's No 5. Although the projection is never uncomfortably far-reaching, after about an hour the aldehydes settle and rose softly joins the white jasmine, as the edp becomes warmer and closer in its projection. Then, for the next several hours the warm Guerlinade accord continually emerges, in place of the fading aldehydes...the gears have shifted gradually but definitely, from the bright opening to vanilla and warm, woody notes. Thinking back to the opening, it's hard to believe that Liu makes such a seamless, chiaroscuro transition during its 6 - 8 hours of longevity on my skin. The one request I have is that Guerlain release a parfum concentration as a current option. Liu is a classic from Guerlain's late-20s, its sheer opening, due to the aldehydes, is an indication of changes that occurred in fragrances during the '20s, following the release of Guerlain's richer Shalimar in the early-20s. Although the current eau de parfum is lovely enough, it would be wonderful to experience the concentration of Liu in which it was originally developed, as I do with Shalimar. Pros: Lovely developmentCons: Please re-release the parfum!"
Sep 15, 2013

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