Saturday, March 01, 2014

Guerlain Jardins de Bagatelle

There are few pure Floral perfumes that live up to the magnificence of Guerlain Jardins de Bagatelle (1983). Named after the Parisian garden by the same name, the composition is a profusion of sweet flowers such as gardenia, rose, jasmine, orange blossom and tuberose. Said to have been tailored to suit a confident woman, the scent is a sharp, rich floral with some green accents, in line with popular fragrances of the time such as Giorgio Beverly Hills, Bill Blass, Gianfranco Ferre, and Perry Ellis for Women. I loved the voluptuous bouquet as a young budding perfumista, and even today appreciate its unequaled beauty along with my young daughter who loves it just as well. It's not for the perfumista who wants a sterile, clean scent, or decidedly more unsweet, wooded or smoky fare, but if you like traditionally floral feminine perfumes with presence such as Estée Lauder Beautiful, Gale Hayman Delicious, Fred Hayman 273, BCBG Max Azria Bon Chic or Paris Hilton, Guerlain Jardins de Bagatelle is the true timeless benchmark of the genre.