You know I’m still young and every time that I’m planning to approach one of those elderly, classic perfume houses, I feel a little bit insecure… The same rule applies for the house of Guerlain. I keep asking myself if I’m not too young for some of the compositions, if I decide to try a perfume – will I understand it? Or maybe I will have to put the perfume aside for many years and give it another go when I’m older? Whatever will happen I will once in a while take a risk and try a classic perfume blend which is often few times older than I am. So… I’m going Guerlain today and this one is not as old, should be easier.
Les Secrets de Sophie, a perfume I’m investigating today, begins in a very delicate way. After spraying a cloud of perfume on my skin the first accord I noticed was a violet leaf. At first it was dewy and really watery, aquatic but 5 minutes later the aroma started getting stronger and it became kind of crispy and a little bit green. After 15 minutes a light citrus vibe appeared but it didn’t have the citric qualities. Right from the opening point the perfume feels incredibly playful and girly.
After another 15 minutes, 30 minutes after application Les Secrets de Sophie turns into a wonderful bouquet of white flowers. There’s a lot of orange blossom in the blend. It smells lovely. It doesn’t have the soapy or clean aroma as many orange blossom and neroli containing perfumes have. In Guerlain it seems like a pure essence of the flower was captured. It feels ethereal and also kind of refreshing – like a quick rain in the middle of a warm day. This stage lasts 30 minutes.
At the hour 1 mark the composition of “Sophie’s Secrets” evolves and gains more oriental character. When vanilla appears the perfume instantly develops a warmer aura. Vanilla isn’t overly sweet in this perfume it also doesn’t feel dark like vanilla pods. It’s somehow kept at the level of fresh and violet leaf appears here again introducing a ozonic quality of the air after the storm. Tonka bean in this Guerlain fragrance adds a tiny bit of spiciness and sweetness. It also brings a subtle balmy feeling to the scent, making the composition more intimate.
Pyramid of the notes suggests a presence of incense but the fact is – I didn’t recognize it. What I detected was a juicy quality of a bitter orange that disappeared in a blink of an eye, making place for jasmine. There’s something sweet to this note but most of all I can smell the characteristic aroma of this white flower. It’s soft and feminine, created without the indolic or animalic feeling. Moreover at some point I start to smell neroli which adds a neat, clean and a little bit soapy feeling.
Later on, after a few hours during which Les Secrets de Sophie was undergoing some minimal changes and mixing of the notes the perfume becomes creamy. It has a very pleasant, slightly milky and slightly sugary character. A tropical ylang-ylang fits really well in the blend of this perfume, effusing a charming aura that kind of makes me think of exclusive patisserie that invites you with piece-of-art-looking cupcakes, meringues and more. Finally there’s a sassy shot of bergamot adding some happiness to the whole composition. It makes the fragrance even more outgoing and having positive attitude towards everything. When you smell this perfume you just want to go out, smile and have fun.
There’s one question that might pop up in your mind – who is Sophie? Well, to me Sophie from this Guerlain perfume is like a girl next door. She wears jeans shorts and casual t-shirts with colorful prints on them. She can also wink at you as you meet her at the front yard. And just like every girl she loves fashion, that’s why Les Secrets de Sophie has three outfits: Les Secrets Nuits de Sophie is white, Les Secrets Poudres de Sophie is pink and Les Secrets Noirs de Sophie is black. The colors apply to the bottle label, bow ribbon hanging at the flacon neck and to a bulb atomizer.
Les Secrets de Sophie was created by Jean-Paul Guerlain in 2009. A limited number of flacons (designed by Sophie Levy) was produced and a 60ml of eau de parfum costs a small fortune, not to mention that it’s very hard to get. As far as the perfume was nice I think that it’s not worth spending so much money. The longevity is average 6-8 hours and the sillage is rather small all the time.