Poor old Champs-Elysees. Everyone’s a hater! Luca Turin called you “the second-worst perfume that Guerlain has ever made”. I can’t say that I see what the big deal is, frankly. Champs-Elysees is a very pretty mimosa scent with a cheekily artificial plastic note. It has a similar vibe to Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose (but they don’t smell anything alike, before you Lipstick Rose fans get too excited). Champs-Elysees is a perfectly nice perfume, and is honestly not even close to Guerlain’s second-worst perfume (have we really repressed our memories of Insolence that quickly?). I can’t imagine giving this below a three-star rating, much less the one star that it received in Perfumes: The Guide. Honestly, I’m sure that Dr. Turin is a very accomplished scientist, but I feel far less sure about his perfume judgement. Actually, I’ll reserve judgment on the accomplished scientist part, too. Wiki informs me that his vibration theory of olfaction results have been non-repeatable.
Well, Dr. Turin is welcome to his Tommy Girl and Beyond Paradise. More Champs-Elysees for me! Haters gon’ hate!