Guerlain Après L’ondée

At the mothership, the Paris Guerlain boutique. I’m trusting y’all not to stalk me!

Après L’ondée is probably my most-worn Guerlain. This is because Après L’ondée is more palatable to modern tastes than the other old-school Guerlains, by which I mean that it is much less likely than its contemporaries (Shalimar, L’Heure Bleue, Jicky) to elicit gagging noises from Perfume Muggles. Après L’ondée is a somewhat utilitarian fragrance for me, since it is what I wear when I need an inoffensive perfume. But of course, Après L’ondée is so much more than inoffensive.

Après L’ondée is an exquisitely gentle fragrance, a delicate composition that tenderly evokes the smell of sweet violets soaked in rain. Its anisic top notes evoke its sister fragrance, L’Heure Bleue, but the remainder of Après L’ondée is entirely original. Après L’ondée is said to have been inspired by the Impressionist movement of its era, and it does invoke the same wistful loveliness that one sees in Monet’s water lilies or in Renoir’s lush women. Après L’ondée is frusturatingly elusive: it can only be found in two places in the world (the Paris boutique and Bergdorf Goodman), and it has absolutely zero lasting power. It’s still worth it.

7 thoughts on “Guerlain Après L’ondée

  1. Eeep! I’m jealous! Apree L’Ondee was one of the first perfumes I tested after I had gotten “into” perfume and started doing research and stuff. It was in my first order from the Perfumed Court. Ah, memories. Yes, zero lasting power but also lovely.

    Also, I love your dress and I promise not to stalk you.

    1. Thank you on both counts! I didn’t really expect any of the (really, really nice) perfume regulars to be doing much stalking, but people reach this site through some really weird searches. Some recent gems include “pics of sea lions” and “male cupcakes”. As opposed to female cupcakes?

  2. (Perfume Muggles! Brilliant.)

    And yes, beautiful ethereal fragrance… I think its transience is part of the appeal for me. It’s gorgeous, it’s gone – just like the moment.

    1. I hear people mourn the parfum all the time, but I don’t think I’d want it even if it came back into production. Seems like it would go against the point. Beautiful things don’t last forever.

  3. waw this picture’s sssssssoooooooo nice… Is that you?? How to say I wish I were there, in House of the Houses… ‘The Matrix’… 😛

    and what can I say about AL’O that has not been said already…!!! innocent as a child’s skin & yet as awesome baroque lolita-teenager (Coppola’s Marie Antoinette loveliness and pastel colors comes to my mind): naïve, delicate, almost fragile, a faint voice that’s almost a whisper… and at the same time so perfectly rounded.

    I use it very often, mainly when I’m at home, it’s such a truly comforting scent to me. People usually talk about its melancholy… but to me it’s the scent of happiness. 🙂

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