Parisian beauty house Guerlain has released Epices Exquises, a bewitchingly woody fragrance. Taking inspiration from the most stunning facets of Oriental scents, Master Perfumer Thierry Wasser contrasts precious spices to create an “irresistible” scent. Guerlain Epices Exquises is said to be the “evocation of a sensory journey.”
Guerlain Epices Exquises is the third addition to the Absolus d’Orient collection. The trio represents the use of perfumeries’ finest woods and raw materials. “They are an invitation on an exquisite journey where rich notes, bold fragrance and opulent materials combine.”
Epices Exquises is packaged in a bronze-toned bottle, shaped like the rest of the Absolus d’Orient collection. ”Ochre shades that echo desert sand dunes adorn the sophisticated label ornamentation.” Its shape begins wide and cylindrical, slowly tapering off into a bulbous cap. Right at the top is an elegant tie that wraps around the neck.
Guerlain does a great job of detailing the scent’s creative process and how each ingredient mingles with one another. At the top, Epices Exquises begins with spicy Cardamom and the first sniff of a morning Coffee. Then, it transitions to Black Pepper, Pink Berries and a succulent Green Angelica in the heart. Finally, it concludes by crushing the senses with Oud, Patchouli and Sandalwood.
“Like the warm and exhilarating wisps of this coffee, Epices Exquises blends a warm, full-bodied and sensual base, tinged with black pepper and woody notes of oud, patchouli and sandalwood, with refreshing, subtly overdosed facets of cardamom, notes of pink peppercorn and green and fresh angelica.”
Thierry Wasser and the team at Guerlain focused on the contrasting spices and warm, precious woods which make up this scent. They say that the Black Pepper merges with Pink Pepper and Cardamom to create an enchanting olfactive experience. As well, Oud, Sandalwood and Patchouli imprint this fragrance with their raw traits.
Here’s what Master Perfumer Thierry Wasser had to say about the scent:
“With Epices Exquises I wanted to re-transcribe the surprising scent of the irresistibly Spicy Cardamom Coffee I’m given every time I visit the Middle East. This coffee’s unique blend of spices fills my memory with deliciously contrasting sensations: At the top, fresh accents of cardamom mingle with a warm, peppery, sensual base. It’s an intoxicating fragrance.”
Guerlain Epices Exquises is currently available on the company’s website for the UK. Beneath the decorative cap is an atomizer. Guerlain only offers the scent in a 100ml which retails for $200 USD.