Saturday, February 09, 2008

Guerlain Nahéma

Guerlain Nahéma (1979) is known to be a favorite of Shirley Manson. That's reason enough for me to want to wear it all the time; alas, it's seldom nowadays I'm in the mood for this robust, passionate rose-amber, but it's still among my very favorite perfumes. I love it enough to have had it in both parfum and parfum de toilette (EDP) strengths. Nahéma is a classic Guerlain masterpiece, an Aldehydic Floral featuring peach-passionfruit and vanilla underscoring the Bulgarian rose-vanilla-sandalwood-balsam-benzoin-vetiver symphony. As the fruits and florals settle down, I find the dry down stage is a vanillic-honeylike aroma, like Metallica/Metalys. In a word, it's gorgeous. It's a heady, strong, passionate scent; if you're familiar with Annick Goutal Quel Amour!, I think they're similar except Nahéma is more complex, deeper, telling a tale from more than a millenium ago. Nahéma, meaning "daughter of fire", is a character in Arabian Nights (Thousand and One Nights). The original crystal parfum flacon was in a circular motif with an indentation shaped like a teardrop. When the weather turns as cold as it's been here this weekend, Nahéma seems perfect to wear.