The current Liu (Guerlain 2005) opens with a sweet, balsamic and beautifully aldehydic Guerlinade. And, it’s almost salty… The floral notes smell gentle and yet distinct; the olfactory equivalent of flowers on a postcard, tinted with age. Just as the vintage extrait reminds me a bit of Chanel No. 5, so does the current Liu, but unlike the vintage extrait I also detect traces of notes that take similar shape in the current formulation of Chamade…
Then, suddenly, there’s a burst of an airy bergamot. This fragrance is delicate but tenacious. Warm and ebullient but also somewhat serious.
And on personal note, Liu has been a very unique experience for me. At first I was not amazed by the current Liu and I thought the vintage version was lovely but also not a fragrance I would naturally gravitate to. Yet, given enough time mixing with my skin chemistry I could not deny that the current Liu seems to get along exceedingly well with my skin chemistry (not a common thing with me actually)… Something almost magical happens actually and while I prefer a few other fragrances more, other than Chanel No. 22 nothing I’ve tried is more complimentary. I will definitely have to buy a bottle…or two.
Top notes: aldehydes, neroli and bergamot. Middle notes: rosemary, jasmine and rose. Base notes: iris, amber, vanilla and woody notes.