Thursday, 28 March 2013

Terry de Gunzburg

I was at Hoopers today, which as regular readers may know, is one of two local department stores in my town, which has a very good fragrance department and some friendly and knowledgeable SAs.

I was interested to see that they now have the entire Terry de Gunzburg perfume line. I had never heard of Terry de Gunzburg, if I'm being perfectly honest. I've been informed that she is a French makeup artist, who created the Touche Eclat makeup range for YSL. I am no makeup expert I'm afraid, so I can't comment on that, but I do know that the perfume bottles are very stylish, as can be seen below. 

There's something about these bottles that reminds me of the Armani Prive bottles. I think its the flattened cap.

Anyway, while all the fragrances are listed as being for women, I didn't really think this was the case. The two I tried on skin are Ombre Mercure, pictured above, and Lumiere d'Epices. Ombre Mercure has notes of violet leaf, jasmine, rose, iris, ylang-ylang, patchouli, sandalwood, benzoin and vanilla. Lumiere d'Epices has citrus top notes of bergamot, grapefruit and blood orange, a floral heart of orange blossom, jasmine and rose, and a base of cedar, nutmeg and clove. I thought for an initial wearing, both impressed. Lumiere d'Epices's main note for me is orange blossom, quite spring-like. The spices aren't particularly prominent and the cedar wood is subtle. Well done though. Ombre Mercure is a more oriental fragrance. The violet and iris aren't that prominent to me, but in the dry down the presence of a smooth sandalwood note is unmistakeable and welcome.

Others in the line include:
Flagrant Delice, which on paper smelled mostly of fig, first a bit milky, then sweetening to a more gooey fruity accord.

Reve Opulent, which to my nose, again on paper, is a fruity floral.

Parti Pris, which again is quite oriental, with tuberose and balsams, a hint of tobacco and other florals. 

So, quite an interesting line then, and I think well worth exploring.


  1. Oooh, those bottles are really beautiful, sleek and understated. Thanks for making us aware of this emerging line.

    1. Meg, keep an eye out for them. I'm not sure of the distribution and when/if the line is expected to hit Stateside.

    2. Oh, I should also say that in real life the bottle and lid looks even better. The label is also very good quality, similar to those used on the Prada bottles.



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