Despite its original idea, the Elixirs Charnels line has a huge branding problem and the author of this line in terms of packaging and presentation continues to amaze me. Do you know how many people have vision problems today and have difficulties to read even with glasses? As I have mentioned many times, the small name, a complex 2 words title, located at the bottom of the transparent side of the bottle, is not only hard to find, but very hard to read and even harder to remember. Floral Romantique has the same font size like the descriptions found on the back of many testers, used to explain the family or to give the main notes. Unlike the names of the previous perfumes, "Floral Romantique" is not very inspired because it is an expression used and abused everywhere.
But the perfume was a pleasant surprise and brings a new direction inside the line. Less a true floral, but more a floriental, it is the lightest, less opulent and even less complex, contrasted member of this Guerlain family. "Floral romantique", not exactly romantic, is more a "floral sensual" creation, an interpretation of the lightness of several white exotic flowers and not of their night opulence. The soft sweet creaminess over a powdery amber base suggests the perfumes created in the 90's in a less sensual interpretation. It vaguely evokes the first Jean Paul Gaultier perfume, but certainly much lighter, and the floral accord found in "Les Bijoux de Sophie" limited Guerlain edition. It has the effect of a classic honeysuckle over a sweet heliotrope base, with the light cocoa honeyed aspect. It also evokes the very beautiful L'Instant de Guerlain, a classic perfume with an amazing composition.
"Floral Romantique" shows the Guerlain touch of the recent years - an accent on peach, vanilla, creamy musks with soft powdery orris note, sandalwood and some modern amber. But everything is airy, velvety, harmonious without contrasts. Maybe there are too many things inside.
Official notes for Floral Romantique - Elixir Charnel (Guerlain): mandarin, orange, jasmine, ylang-ylang, tiaré flower, carnation, lily, cedar, chestnut, ambrette, maté.
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