Designers » F-H » Floral « Groups

Cruel Gardenia Guerlain for women

Cruel Gardenia Guerlain for women
I have it
I had it
I want it
love
like
dislike
winter
spring
summer
fall
day
night
Total people voted: 152
female 25- 25+
male 25- 25+

I have it: 97 I had it: 18 I want it: 215 My signature: 4

main accords
white floral
powdery
woody
sweet
yellow floral
balsamic
Pictures
Cruel Gardenia Guerlain for women Pictures Cruel Gardenia Guerlain for women Pictures

Cruel Gardenija is one of the fragrances of Guerlain's L'Art et La Matière collection, and as the people of the Guerlain house say, it is 'on the verge of cruelty' and 'stuns with its diabolical power'.

It was launched and presented in 2008 together with fragrance for men, L'Âme d'Un Héros. It was created by two noses, Randa Hammami and Sylvaine Delacourte. It is designed in a way that its notes 'sunny, silky, smooth and lingering...can become an obsession'.

Unlike the usual tradition, the creators of this fragrance did not strive towards the richness of notes that gardenia creates when combined with the precious light musk which would give velvety soft aura... In the contrary, Cruel Gardenia is like an arrow that aims directly at the heart and stays there forever.

The magic starts with the notes of mouthwatering peach, Damask rose and neroli. The heart of Cruel Gardenia bursts of floral notes, revealing the fusion of violet and wafts of ylang-ylang, touched by light musk. The base notes follow with the accords of Tonka beans, light musk, vanilla and sandal wood.

The fragrance comes in luxurious elegant 80ml (2.8 oz.fl) bottle. It is available at four La Maison Guerlain in the world – Bergdorf Goodman in New York-u, Neiman Marcus in San Francisco, The Breakers - Palm Beach, and French Pavilion at Epcot.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Neroli Rose Peach

Middle Notes
Gardenia Ylang-Ylang Violet

Base Notes
Musk Sandalwood Tonka Bean Vanille

Main Notes According to Your Votes

Loading...

Longevity

drag slider to vote

User votes
poor 3
 
weak 2
 
moderate 4
 
long lasting 11
 
very long lasting 2
 

Sillage

drag slider to vote

User votes
soft 5
 
moderate 14
 
heavy 5
 
enormous 6
 

This perfume reminds me of  

Cruel Gardenia Fragrance Reviews

jana ponesz
jana ponesz

I live in the Czech Republic and therefore I can not say what is the Cruel Gardenia.
I can not buy her anywhere.
I am very curious about what is and I have to go abroad.
I look forward to!

P.S. I then write my feelings :-)

Have a nice day!

Aug
27
2014
dalmajen
dalmajen

Out of all the fragrances in this special series, I was attracted to Cruel Gardenia the most. I adore the fragrance of Gardenia flowers, and the other notes appealed as well.
As soon as I sprayed it, it triggered a long lost memory. I know this scent from somewhere, but a long time ago. I racked my brain trying to pin it down, but it was always out of my reach. The opening is a lovely soft cloud, not heavy or jarring, just a rose tinted softness. Then along comes violet, yes, I agree with Sherapop, there appears to be violets in the bouquet. I must say, the Gardenia is not at all prominent, and, I was really expecting more. In fact, there is more Neroli and Ylang-Ylang than a very faint Gardenia. This is definitely a skin scent. For the price, it should radiate proudly, so others may experience the beauty of the composition! This is how it reacts on my skin, stays close, and has a very low projection). The dry down is very pleasant. A very soft vanilla, with a well behaved sandalwood. The funny thing is, when I sniff it from the sprayer, it appears a lot stronger, than it is when sprayed on the skin. Mind you, I do prefer stronger fragrances, as have perfume eating skin, so this would probably come across perfect for those you don't like heavy hitters.
At one point, I even thought it was similar to White Shoulders, without the Aldehydes! But the White Shoulders of about 40 years ago). It may come to light, one time when I'm not concentrating on where I have smelled something so similar.
Now the cruel part...As much as I adore this fragrance, even though it isn't as Gardenia laden as I would have hoped), is the longevity! It fades far too quickly, and just as you are really in heaven, it leaves you! A brief encounter with a lovely floral cloud that gives you a passionate hug, then flees into the night....

Aug
05
2014
canny1234
canny1234

Am I the only one to get just Vanilla and Pencil Shavings - absolutely nothing else.This is a totally linear scent on me.This is a sample test though.

Jul
31
2014
the_new_esta
the_new_esta

BEAUTIFUL scent. I loved it so much, but along with being a skin-scent it's also extremely short lived. I couldn't smell it after 20 minutes. Which is appalling considering the price. Such a shame, I would still purchase this if I had a few extra dollars though.

Jul
29
2014
Colin Maillard
Colin Maillard

Nice and pleasant opening of rose and gardenia, with a fruity pomegranate note and an almost bittersweet touch like rose pepper or pimiento, a substantial dose of aldehydes, a nice green leafy feel and a earthy patchouli note (I know half of this it's not listed: still this is what I smell). Soft and cozy base of sweet sandalwood and white musks, soft and cozy as a freshly-cleaned super soft pillow – so nor creamy neither powdery. A bright, golden, elegant but lively and vibrant fragrance, quite multi-faceted – it has a slight spicy-saffron note, a super slight boozy hint, with herbaceous/natural and floral echoes, and just the right amount of synthetic which gives it the "right" shape, roundness, overall transparency and contemporaneity. Besides, it eventually emerges a peculiar and really interesting salty note which smells just like the skin of a woman wearing a scent under the sun, so there is "the scent" but also a hint of salty skin-sweat (I don't mean "bad-smelling" sweat, just that tiny translucent layer you have after having spent an afternoon under the sun - or... doing some other equally hot activities, if you get what I mean). Which gives a really sensual, materic skin-like shape to this. Good persistence and projection. Not a masterpiece given we're talking about Guerlain, but really good!

7,5-8/10

Jun
13
2014
Marco Chau
Marco Chau

@scorpiosheep ~ As this fragrance is still in production, I think no one should pay a higher than retail price for it. I believe the price should still be around US$275 as I paid for it at the Guerlain counter in Hong Kong last year.

Cruel Gardenia to me is a gorgeous floral fragrance with lots of airy powdery rose and greenish Neroli at the opening and later joined with heart notes of strong Gardenia like scent and musk decorated with touches of peach, Ylang Ylang and slightly bitter Violet. In the base I smell a most beautiful musk with slight sweetness of Tonka and warm Vanilla and a faint scent of Sandalwood.

Jun
04
2014
scorpiosheep
scorpiosheep

I'm not normally a fan of white flowers, but gardenia (in real life) is one exception. I don't see where the "cruel" is in this except for perhaps the fact that the gardenia scent stays tantalisingly out of reach for half an hour or so after spraying, and even when it finally makes its presence known, it is still overwhelmed by strong vanilla. Even so, on the whole it is a light perfume, with close sillage. I think it is very well done, and although I am happy with my little sample, I wouldn't say no to a bottle if I came across it at a good price....gaaa NOT $399 as it is currently on Amazon!

May
04
2014
henri345que
henri345que

The fragrance name simply doesn`t reflect it at all. Cruel gardenia is not a dark or difficult gardenia fragrance; instead, it`s a sunny powdery floral bouquet where the ligth aspect of gardenia flowers is hidden inside of it. You get at first the impression of citrus flowers, then a non indolic powdery white flower bouquet, and this sings on the skin for quite a long time. When i was not expecting gardenia anymore, i could detect it emerging from the powdery bouquet, a slightly sweet and fruity gardenia, similar to the one in Chinatown (altough Chinatown and Cruel Gardenia doesn`t have so much in common). The scent fades to a soft musky vanillic drydown and stays there the rest of the day. It doesn`t seem so linked with the idea of the line, but it`s a pretty lasting powdery scent with a touch of gardenia, and maybe this is the only cruelty of the fragrance, not using more gardenia.

Jan
05
2014
Nomorestars
Nomorestars

Upon first spray, the air is filled with a cooling, powdery, clean white floral - almost sterile in feel. It is breathtakingly icy in the opening. However, I cannot seem to pinpoint the gardenia in this as the name would suggest.

As I put my nose closer to my wrist, I get a very buttery, oily ylang ylang which gets softer and sweeter in the dry down. When I press my nose right to my skin, there is the bizarre note of cherry liqueur and fresh cut green stems. I find this fresh-heavy interplay to be very pleasant.

Sillage and longevity are excellent.

Nov
16
2013
mippymuppett
mippymuppett

Definitely one of the most beautiful gardenia frags out there!!! No headache here!! A very well done gardenia that is softened by the violet and tonka bean. The dry down presents more vanilla. Really very lovely!!!

Aug
27
2013
Deppaholic
Deppaholic

I just got a bottle from Nordys and it was unsealed :( Bummer, it's going back. I bought it because I had purchased another one from that big online selling site and one day it smelled great on me, and the next....well it smelled chemical. So therefore, I thought I got a bottle that was cut with something? Well, to my surprise, both bottles smell the same. I don't know why I am getting this chemical smell on me :( I adore, and probably my favorite for winter is Coquin Gourmand, Angelique Noir and Asian Brulant. They are to die for, so rich and creamy and long lasting on me. AN is almost heavenly. I have the Iris one and it smells awful on me also :( So, while I simply ADORE ADORE the other three, this Cruel Gardenia smells chemical on me for the first 30 minutes, then it mellows out, but I'm not in love with it at all. It's very light on me also, not heavy. Will edit on how long it lasts. Probably long because Guerlain is so well made. Sad, I want to love this, from that first day I wore it, it was gorgeous. Now, it hates me :(

Edit: It sometimes works on me and sometimes not. I just figure it's menopause. Just sprayed it on me now, and it is delightful. Oh dear, who knew menopause would play games on you like this. Where's that Eve?

Jan
17
2013
pynkgirl
pynkgirl

Though i get very little GARDENIA, this is so beautiful! There is something "minty" in here but it's lovely!

Jul
04
2012
galex
galex

Cruel gardenia is also available in Germany. I tested it today in Berlin (Douglas Kurfürstendamm). It's a lovely soft creamy scent. I love it!!!

Aug
12
2011
jrova
jrova

LOVE at first smell! LOVE LOVE LOVEE THIS. Don't typically like gardenias...but when i smalled this I had to have this! Buying it for my mom on her birthday!

Aug
11
2011
teddito
teddito

This is so beautiful!Generally I do not like gardenia, as well as other white florals, but here it is perfectly blended with the other notes and in the end we get a super classy, feminine, warm delight.
The base is just fantastic-musky creamy vanilla with a strong but fresh floral touch.Love it!!!

May
13
2011
floof
floof

I have never liked gardenia on myself until I tried this one. Leave it to the Guerlain elixirs to capture your heart... I think its the peach, violet and ylang that make this so wearable on me, it smells fresh and clean and lightly floral. I would call it "classy". Don't understand the name, either, but who cares? It's the juice that really matters :)
(not that the beautiful package doesn't help).
I purchased from Neiman marcus and they let you customize your bottle to have 10 letters. It is the same price as the regular bottle, but takes longer to arrive. The site offers both options. The engraved bottle is a great thoughtful gift, but if you do engrave a personal message, it is not refundable- so make sure the person you are gifting it to likes it.
I bought a small decant to hold me over until my bottle arrives (I got it personalized so it can take weeks!) from the perfumedcourt which sells decants/samples.
I cannot wait to get my personalized bottle, I have been aching for this perfume for a long time. If you are thinking about getting a personalized bottle for someone special, you can buy a sample to make sure they like it :)
I LOVE IT!

Dec
13
2010
sherapop
sherapop

Guerlain's CRUEL GARDENIA, contrary to its name, is a warm, compassionate floral composition prominently featuring ylang ylang, neroli, and violet--at least according to my nose! Bizarre.

Maybe this would be cruel to those who were looking for a pure gardenia frag, or a big white floral? Anyway, aside from my disagreement with the name, CRUEL GARDENIA strikes me as an excellent creation. A complex, somewhat yellow composition with a touch of sweetness in the opening. But from the opening through to the finish, this is much more of a ylang than a gardenia fragrance. Happily, the ylang is balanced and buttressed well.

CRUEL GARDENIA is the very antithesis of a "diabolical" perfume (of which I have encountered a few): neither overly sharp nor officiously invasive nor a scrubber nor a carcinogenic sci-fi nightmare. Good staying power and sillage, too.

Apr
15
2010
Mellyhelly
Mellyhelly

Gardenia at highest power still not offensive, but very powerful, use sparingly! It's truly a beauty. In spite of its extremely floral nature I agree with Jeca that Cruel Gardenia is not so cruel after all! A little bit dramatic, but just as a joke, it can be languish.

Oct
16
2009
sabsoob
sabsoob

too much gardenia in this bottle, perfectly done though!

Jun
25
2009
jeca
jeca

I have no idea why the name of this fragrance includes 'cruel'? It is a calm and light fragrance, weightless, I smell branches, leaves, but I can't find flower, I just can imagine it :-(

Apr
27
2008

Add Your Review

Become a member of this online perfume community and you will be able to add your own reviews.

Cruel Gardenia by Guerlain 4.23 out of 5 based on 152 ratings and 20 user reviews

This page contains information, reviews, perfume notes, pictures, new ads, vintage posters and videos about Guerlain Cruel Gardenia fragrance but we do not warrant the accuracy of information. If you have more information about Guerlain Cruel Gardenia, you can expand it by adding a personal perfume review. Fragrantica has a unique user-driven classification system and you may classify Cruel Gardenia by Guerlain. Click on the appropriate options on the fragrance classification form below the perfume picture. Also, you can find links to 3rd party websites/Internet stores, but Fragrantica has no access or control over those websites. We do not make guarantees nor accept responsibility for what you might find as a result of these links, or for any future consequences including but not limited to money loss. User reviews of Cruel Gardenia by Guerlain represent the views of the credited authors alone and do not reflect Fragrantica's views.

Coupon Code Fragrantica
People who like this also like
Guerlain L'Heure Bleue Guerlain Angélique Noire Guerlain Spiritueuse Double Vanille Guerlain Shalimar Guerlain Mitsouko Eau de Toilette Guerlain Cuir Beluga Guerlain L'Instant de Guerlain Robert Piguet Fracas Chanel Les Exclusifs de Chanel Coromandel Guerlain Tonka Imperiale Chanel Les Exclusifs de Chanel Beige Guerlain Apres l'Ondee Guerlain Elixir Charnel Gourmand Coquin Serge Lutens Chergui Guerlain Vol de Nuit Guerlain Idylle Guerlain Samsara Eau de Parfum Frederic Malle Carnal Flower Chanel Chanel N°5 Eau Premiere Chanel Bois des Iles

Popular brands and perfumes: