First of all, a public service announcement. Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase now carries The Motherload: Le Elixirs Charnels, L’Art et la Matiere, Vetiver pour Elle, Liu, Mayotte, Vega, and Sous le Vent. Of course, much to the dismay of the Guerlain saleswoman, I proceeded to try every single one of them.
SDV was one of the more interesting scents in the group. The concept is simple enough- vanilla and cedar- but oh, what a vanilla. SDV employs a deep, rich vanilla with an alcoholic feel, like a drink made with vanilla extract. The cedar note adds a medicinal strangeness, unexpected for a perfume from the venerable house of Guerlain. SDV feels rougher than the average Guerlain fragrance, but is also weirdly addictive. I’ll add to this review after spending a little more quality time with this baby.