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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Cruel Gardenia by Guerlain c2008

Cruel Gardenia by Guerlain: launched in 2008 as part of the L’Art et la Matière collection. Created by Randa Hammami and Sylvaine Delacourte.

From Guerlain:
Cruel Gardenia doesn't concern itself with polite flirtation; it immediately pierces the heart and burns itself into its captive's mind like a beautiful obsession. The scent creates an eternal loop like the memory of a lover's last kiss, replaying the taste, warmth and passion over and over to the point of exquisite pain. It's so cruel; it's kind. 
Cruel Gardenia is brilliantly embraced with the sweet essence of rose and neroli, warmed by ylang-ylang and white musk and haunted by sensuous notes of vanilla and sandalwood. It is made for a femme fatale who completely possesses and kindly destroys her lovers. Women know not to leave their men alone with her, fearing her tempting web of desire will instantly ensnare them.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral woody musk fragrance for women with a delicate gardenia note on a soft white musk base.
  • Top notes: Damask rose, peach, neroli
  • Heart notes: gardenia, ylang-ylang, violet
  • Base notes: tonka bean, vanilla, sandalwood, white musk

I received  a 20ml decant of Cruel Gardenia recently in a swap and immediately sprayed some on the back of my hand. At first sniff, I was very impressed, but missed the gardenia. The white musk was very prominent and there is only a hint of the gardenia, this is the cruel part. Sometimes she reveals herself, but quickly shies away, hidden within the cashmere soft musk cocoon. There are touches of the sheerest peach married on a fragile rose, violet, ylang ylang and neroli bouquet. Deep down is the tonka and vanilla, which are normally present in the Guerlinade accord, but in this composition, they are subdued and rest on a cloud of sandalwood.

I am a huge of fan of Fracas and enjoy the gardenia in that fragrance so I was very excited about trying Cruel Gardenia, however, this is not an in your face gardenia fragrance, it is more of a light floral woody musk fragrance, which I absolutely love. There is a touch of Cashmere Mist and a slight hint of Dream Angels Heavenly which give the fragrance an immediate sensual facet. My husband loved this fragrance and says that it is not overpowering.

 About L'Art et la Matiére:

L'Art et la Matiere is a collection of rare perfumes that capture the world's most luxurious raw materials with vision and daring. "Matière" means "material" in French. The name of the line is actually a pun on the French expression "L'Art et la manière". It's used when you talk about there being a certain "correct" way of doing things, with "art and manner".

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