Last year, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their iconic bronzing range, Terracotta, Guerlain released a limited edition tiare-inspired fragrance Terracotta Le Parfum, and to say it was a hit would be a mild understatement. It sold out in what seemed like moments, and I kicked myself hugely for not hunting down a bottle as soon as I saw the press release. So this year, when I discovered it was being re-released, I wasted no time and literally had a bottle in my hands the day after I found out it was back ….
On first spray, you’re enveloped in a cloud of white flowers and sunshine. Tiare always smells tropical to me. Waxy and fat, it’s an ingredient I used to have trouble with after overdosing on LouLou in the eighties, but it is something I’m slowly re-learning to love, and love it I do, now. Anyway, here the tiare is surrounded by jasmine, ylang-ylang coconut and vanilla, and the effect is like expensive suntan lotion on hot skin initially, bringing to mind beaches and cocktails, and sun-warmed sand. Once the tiare flowers wear off a little, there’s a creamy and milky musk with hints of orange blossom left behind that wears close to the skin, and reminds you of holidays in warmer climes than the UK.
It’s a lovely bottle too, a flat gold-embossed flask with a wooden top. I’m actually taking this away with me on my summer holidays this year, but if you can’t afford a holiday away, the bottled sunshine of Terracotta le Parfum might just be an acceptable substitute …
The Fine Print: PR Sample
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