Sunday, April 26, 2009

One Sentence Perfume Review: Vol de Nuit, Guerlain, 1933



















Her charm is that she can't decide whether she's a pixie or a vixen.


Notes per Basenotes: Hesperedic Notes, Narcissus, Galbanum, Oakmoss, Green notes, Wood, Iris, Vanilla, Spices




"Take the Fair Face of Woman... ", Sophie Gengembre Anderson (1823-1903). Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Photo of Mata Hari by Lucien Walery, 1906. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

8 comments:

chayaruchama said...

For me, she only plays vixen, alas.

BitterGrace said...

Really? You never get that elfin greenery? I find VdN a little different with every wearing.

Mary said...

She's pixie to me. And unfortunately I find her to be one of Guerlain's most inscrutable classics.

BitterGrace said...

"Inscrutable" is a good word for VdN. Such a difficult scent to pin down.

Alyssa said...

Which formulation are we speaking of here? I totally get pixie at the beginning of the EDC and EDT, but my vintage extrait is vixen all the way -- that moment of pixie-ish green at the beginning turns into a rush of green that's a little closer to slap than a fairy wing.

But then, the vixen is more relaxed, too. A vixen at ease on the chaise lounge... And how I love her.

BitterGrace said...

I've never tried the extrait, Alyssa. I have no doubt it's exquisite. I am pretty fond of the pixie qualities of the EDT, though. I want to have it all ;-)

Frankie said...

I think of a vixen as a hussy. So I get so much more glamor from VdeN. I think of it as a beautiful woman who must wear veiled hats because of a scar.

BitterGrace said...

What a great image, Frankie. I wish I felt such tragedy in Vol de Nuit.