My nose can detect a certain chanelesque quality like Egoiste, Egoiste Platinum and Antheus because with these perfumes, more than any others, you can notice the unipolarity of a good taste that is not determined by sex, race or culture. But it was a strange scent to be spraying on myself. Guerlain is impressive in its base notes, a powdery lipsticky accord found all throughout their compositions.
Samsara smells good for anyone and dare I say on anyone. I had many Barbie dolls as a child, so I know the scent well. Thankfully, after the dry-down, all those delicious exotic scents pushed their way to the surface and now I am sitting in a cloud of delicious creaminess. If you currently have Samsara and Barbie dolls in your house, please compare their scents so I know I am not totally insane. Samsara's Guerlinade smells of lipstick hours and hours after application.
In time, Samsara was reformulated, just like any other perfume and was probably affected the most by the lack of sandalwood because almost 30 percent of the perfume is made out of this precious and sadly devastated material. In times I believed that the perfume never hovered above my skin anymore, comes comments from people that they could smell Samsara's powder. But I didn't even think about checking out Samsara for years. The opening is a bit old fashioned and has a weird fruity note, but it settles in a few minutes and it's worth it.
Although, that shouldn't worry us because Guerlain always took care of the nature and the quality of the materials it put in their perfumes, so the heir of Jean Paul Guerlain, the phenomenal Thierry Wasser planted a sandalwood plantation in Shri Lanka making sure that one of Guerlain’s trademarks, the creamy sandalwood still runs in the bloodstream of all Guerlain classics. You know how some perfumes smell one way when you spray them on and completely different after they dry down? One of the most beautiful and complex orientals I have owned. The red 80s bottle is a bit of an eyesore between the other Guerlains, it's not as popular and for some reason it has the reputation of being an overly heavy oriental. Ylang Ylang is very prominent on my skin with its beautiful floral, creamy and banana-like aspects.
Samsara and Alien are darker heavier than the rest and probably leaning towards oriental genre more ...
Sillage and longevity for Samsara is unmatched it stays on my skin for more than 24 hours nothing can beat this ..
The base is composed of sandal wood, vanilla, Tonka bean, amber, and musk. :) I have worn this for years but recently had the same issue as takemyhusband.
The nose behind this fragrance is Jean-Paul Guerlain. The opening put me off a little but it settles down to one of the most luxurious creamy rose perfume I have ever smelled. It keeps getting stronger as it wears on me also, to the point that I got a blinding headache..I found a solution.
When he returned to Paris, he spent two years working intensively on a formula before Samsara saw the light of day. sorry to say :( Creamy sandalwood with a bit of floral sharpness. It's a timeless, cozy, beautiful fragrance and you can find fantastic prices online. Check for old bottles and vintages, I recently applied the new version EDP in the bee bottle available now in France and Belgium: a skinscent within two hours with quite good longevity (6h... India in a bottle I have never encountered a woody composition which undoubtedly spells feminine.I’m not sure Samsara is the right name for this perfume. Biblical Salome, the girl of deadly beauty and diabolical sensuality over whom John the Baptist lost his head. At times spicy, then fresh, then powdery floral, then soapy and woody. It is fascinating as the ylang-ylang, sandalwood and jasmine blossom outward as the greens dissipate.Like Salome, the beauty of Samsara is cruel and uncompromised. The opening is sharp like the sword and citrusy, but one can feel the complex composition behind it. The only constant is this perfume is fun and unmatchable intrigue for the sense of smell. Then comes forward the powders of iris and orris root bolstered by vanilla, musk, tonka bean and amber.It is definitely not generic and has a strong character ..I would never advice anyone to blind buy this cause as I said it has a lot of character.