In 1984 the cosmetic division of Guerlain launched their first pressed powder under a name of Terracotta. The product was so good that in short amount of time it was crowned with the title of one of the most iconic beauty products ever created. The year of 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Terracotta line of bronzers, blushes and other products in the range. To commemorate this Guerlain’s in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser decided to transform the scent of these cosmetics into a charming summer fragrance. The result is truly brilliant.
Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum opens with a huge and shimmering cloud of tiare flowers. In no time their aroma fills the whole room. This scent embraces you with intensive yet tender scent of milkiness which gains more floral tones in the next 20-30 minutes. The feeling is really tropical, like you were teleported somewhere to the luxurious spa beach resort. After half an hour I start to detect jasmine and there’s a bunch of it. It’s a little bit indolic but generally speaking it introduces the big white floral bouquet to the composition. At this point Terracotta Le Parfum starts to become sweeter.
The luscious accord of ylang-ylang appears in the blend after around 45 minutes and it brings the soft and creamy sensation which is very luxurious and intoxicating if you asked me. The creamy vibe that is introduced to Terracotta Le Parfum with this note, it is also a tad green, making me think of palm leaves and their shiny surface covered with wax. Coconut accord enters at 1,5 hours mark and it instantly boosts the feeling of sweetness in this fragrance. It becomes really yummy.
After a while of smelling coconut aroma floating lazily above the surface of my skin, I had an impression that the scent turned a little bit colder which made me think of some coconut ice-cream melting in the intensive sun, or about a coconut yoghurt. Vanillic tones give even more characteristic sweetness that is tender and full-bodied. Terracotta Le Parfum starts to be more and more gourmandy, leaving the exotic elements somewhere behind. A hint of orange blossom adds another floral twist with a company of some refreshing molecules. This accord feels chilly which nicely contrasts with the rest of the perfume.
Terracotta’s drydown appears after around 2,5 hours and it continues the idea presented in earlier stages of this scent. There’s a whole lot of musk, don’t know if it’s the white musk or not, anyway it feels very clean, a bit soapy, creamy and fluffy. Think whipped cream, cotton candy etc. The final twist is the addition of bergamot which brings a juicy splash, although it’s not sugar-free! This note feels more sweet, like it had some brown sugar, rather than being sour and acidic, tart.
For the next 1,5 to 2 hours Terracotta Le Parfum from Guerlain remains rather linear and any changes, if they occur, are hard to notice. The perfume smells like a creamy and milky concoction of tiare, white flowers, milky coconut and creamy sweetness of vanilla. It is a happy perfume, it feels like the summer could last forever if you decided to wear it daily. It smells like a high quality sunscreen cream or dry oil, and because the scent gives a feeling of shimmering, This oil has some tiny particles of gold, for the luminous skin effect. Simple and pretty.
Terracotta Le Parfum is available in 100ml bottles, shaped kind of like a pressed powder compact, it’s round and flat. In the middle of the front there’s a round plate with the perfume name and the sun with Guerlain logo in the center. That sun is a symbol of Terracotta bronze line. The scent is announced as limited edition and it’s concentration is eau de toilette. It highly reminds me of Parfums de Nicolai Musc Monoi, also recently launched. Sillage of Terracotta Le Parfum is moderate, it lasts for around 5 hours – perfect for a stroll around the sunny boulevard.