Your top 5 guerlain female perfumes?

the blood on 530 27

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Dec 5, 2016
Ok I finally start to sample Guerlain female perfumes, but there are SO! MANY! so What's your recommendations? Which are your top 3?

So far I've tried Apres L'ondee, L'heure Bleu, Mitsouko, Vol de Nuit, Shalimar. I'm not so interested in the whole Aqua stuff. What should I try next?

Update: of course top 3 is not enough for Guerlain, so I changed it to top 5.
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Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Nov 5, 2010
Re: Your top 3 guerlain female perfumes?

The three you have tried would have probably been my three favorites (though not necessarily in their current incarnation). Next could be Jicky, Chamade, Vol de Nuit.



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Jan 18, 2011
I like all the ones I have smelled.

But the wearable ones are samsara and mitsouko for me.

From what you say you like, I would recommend that you try Barbara Bui EDP, you can still get this cheap and it might be right up your alley.


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Sep 1, 2012
My top 5 are
Mitsouko extrait
Rose Barbare
Rose Nacree du Desert
Vetiver Pour Elle
Le Petit Robe Noir extrait


Missing Oakmoss
Basenotes Plus
Jul 25, 2015
L'Heure Bleue
Vol de Nuit
Jardins de Bagatelle

teardrop, I'm so glad you listed Mahora! I love it, too, and it would have been #6 on my list, had 5 not been the limit.


Missing Oakmoss
Basenotes Plus
Jul 25, 2015
Good to see a fellow fan of this one! :thumbsup: And the thread title has been changed, the limit was 3 when l posted last night...:rolleyesold:
Mahora is a delight! And you love it enough to list it above L'Heure Bleue in a list of 3, that's quite a tribute. The fragrance, the bottle, the box...Mahora just makes me happy. :)


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May 29, 2015
Unisex, Shalimar Ode à la Vanille : Sur la Route du Mexique, L'Art et la Matière : Tonka Impériale, L'Art et la Matière : Spiritueuse Double Vanille, Néroli Outrenoir

Feminine, Samsara, Shalimar, L'Heure Bleue

Redneck Perfumisto

League of Cycloöctadiene Isomer Aestheticists
Basenotes Plus
Feb 27, 2008
So many good ones! The ones I like most right now:

Les Secrets de Sophie - most beautiful
Vol de Nuit - classic + guy-friendly
L'Instant - spicy sexy
LPRN Eau Fraïche - shamelessly modern, sporty & androgynous
Boise Torride (discontinued) - naughty & boozy


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Mar 6, 2011
1. Shalimar (I prefer the EdT)
2. Rose Barbare
3. Vol de Nuit
4. Samsara
5. Something delicious I tried years ago but I've forgotten... Gourmand Couquin? Cuir Beluga? Not sure.

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

Basenotes Plus
Jul 1, 2011
Do flankers count? I would consider these:

1. Sous Le Vent
2. Shalimar Ode a la vanille sur la route de Mexique

Three-Way tie, I pretty much like them evenly I can't pick one over the other:
3. Shalimar
3. Mitsouko
3. Samsara


Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Nov 9, 2013
Vol de Nuit Vintage is for everybody.
Pois De Senteur Young girls in perfection.
Samsara Vintage Parfum is just Dandy.
Encens Mythique d'Orient didn't like this at first, on myself, however it is plain gorgeous, on my girl.
Heritage. I know, I know, a Masculine. EDP just scents so lovely on the girls.


Wearing Perfume Right Now
Basenotes Plus
Jul 20, 2015
1. Chant d'Aromes
2. Liu
3. L'Heure Bleue
4. Jardins de Bagatelle
5. Vol de Nuit

That's a somewhat random list of five. I like plenty of others equally, or nearly equally, well.


The power of bleu
Basenotes Plus
Jun 3, 2005
1 L’Heure de Nuit
2 Derby
3 L’Heure Bleue
4 Shalimar
5 L’Instant

I know you said female Guerlains, but I just adore Derby! It is at the very top of the lust-list (after going through several decants!)

the blood on 530 27

Well-known member
Dec 5, 2016
1 L’Heure de Nuit
2 Derby
3 L’Heure Bleue
4 Shalimar
5 L’Instant

I know you said female Guerlains, but I just adore Derby! It is at the very top of the lust-list (after going through several decants!)

Love Derby too! Though I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite leather (I don pick favorite XD ), but it’s the one I rate highest.


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Jan 15, 2007
Iris Ganache
Oriental Brulant
Vol de Nuit Evasion
Mon Precieux Nectar
Shalimar Souffle Intense


Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Dec 17, 2016
My personal favorites are most often the underdogs:

- Jardins de Bagatelle
- Mouchoir de Monsieur (yes, even for a woman)
- Aqua Allegorica Rosa Pop
- Champs Elysees
- Shalimar Ode a la Vanilla Sur la route de Madagascar or Mexique

Guerlain's I just cannot stand:

- the entire La Petite Robe Noire line


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Jun 24, 2015
My top 3 (of my collection) are Encens Mythique d'Orient, Mon Précieux Nectar, and Black Perfecto. I also have a bottle of eau de Cologne du 68. I have my eye on Shalimar Souffle Intense and Vol de Nuit Extrait.

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Jan 21, 2006
All great options being already mentioned and while a personal top 5 ranking of faves could not be complete with at least some Aqua Allegoria options, also l'Instant, of course Shalimar, petite Robe Noire, also enjoying and likely to recommend further Songe d'un Bois d'Ete among the exclusives


Basenotes Plus
Jul 16, 2004
At this time, it would be Insolence and Idylle, as they are the ones specifically for women I have been wearing. Other favourites are gender neutral: the currently worn Eau du Coq and previously worn and under consideration for repurchase Cuir Beluga. An all-time favourite is vintage Shalimar, which I have not worn in a long while but continue to hold in highest esteem.

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