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Parure Guerlain for women

Parure Guerlain for women
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Parure was created by Jean-Paul Guerlain in 1975. It is a sensual and elegant chypre. The top notes are dark, even a bit fusty, but very soon there comes a gentle rose wave to mitigate the first 'antiquary' impression. The dark plum sounds elegant in the heart of the composition, which, by the way, is not gourmand at all. The fragrance features plum, bergamot, green notes; lily of the valley, rose, iris, lilac, jasmine, narcissus; and oak moss, spices, amber, rose and patchouli in the base.

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Plum Fruity Notes Green Notes Citruses Bergamot

Middle Notes
Narcissus Lilac Orris Root Jasmine Lily-of-the-Valley Rose

Base Notes
Spices Leather Amber Patchouli Oakmoss

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Parure Fragrance Reviews

Fabien77
Fabien77

I have so good memories about this monster... My aunt used to wear it; she was so chic, sophisticated, warm and distant at the same pace. PLEASE, if anyone find something similar to replace it, write it down here or PM me.
I don't agree that it is similar to Mitsouko, neither Aromatics. Aside oakmoss, they're completely different.
The first seconds of Vol de Nuit remind me Parure, but it lasts only a clin d'oeil...
Chant d'Aromes would be a possible similar fragrance?

Jul
06
2015
ChristopherB
ChristopherB

I have the pink label bee bottle, this scents final incarnation. I do also remember the older original formulation too. The version I have is still a nice scent but it really is a shadow of it's former self, it also more closely resembles Mitsouko in this version I feel. If I could add Paloma Picasso's original perfume to this I think i would have Parure as I remember it. That is Mitsouko without it's 'bright' and fruity top note and with more depth and animalistic qualities. Parure was created as a modern 1970's version of Mitsouko and was more along the lines of Clinique Aromatics Elixir but more suave, more wearable and less brash.
I can see how this perfume was discontinued. Whereas Mitsouko has been reformulated in recent years with more success, i think that is due to the fact that is still recognisable due to that "bright" note and the deeper earthy notes not as noticeably absent if you don't have the original to compare.
But Parure is so much created with oakmoss that as the pink label version shows it really is like a ghost in comparison and so like Mitsouko in my opinion that you may as well just have modern Mitsouko. Plus add to this problem the fact Parure never attained the level of success that other Guerlain perfumes have achieved, and you see that it must have made commercial sense to discontinue.

Jun
05
2015
emiana
emiana

I am very happy because today I received this masterpiece from Claudia...thank you my dear friend you don't know how I am excited to add Parure to my perfume collection! I find some similiarities with La Perla classica and also with Aromatic elisir...

May
22
2015
jtd
jtd

The signature scent is an obsolete model of perfume use. It was the perfume you mated with and wore exclusively day in, day out. If your perfume was discontinued or fatally reformulated, you were out of luck. I read often about the drawbacks of so many perfume releases each year. Creativity and exploration in commercial perfumery is stifled by market needs, narrow margins and short time frames for success. The explosion of 'niche' is impossible to keep up with without curation. Each year, hundreds of launches are aimed at the same fat middle of the bell curve. 25 years ago the dilemma was simply a dozen men's perfumes that tried to copy Davidoff Coolwater’s success after the fact. Today it’s hundreds of concurrent launches that all smell like Bleu de Chanel, each following the same model of risk management.

iTania Sanchez’s analysis that Chanel 5 wasn't successful due to marketing but to quality isn’t applicable to new perfumes. Half of those hundreds of simultaneous fragrances don't smell any worse or much different than Bleu. The quality, innovation or artistry of the product are the least important variables in the equation. Branding and marketing are the deciding factors and Chanel wins through PR power and prowess alone.

The lifelong signature fragrance has become a losing prospect. Perhaps a better model is to swim out a bit further and let the tide carry you. I don’t mean to Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Wall at Sephora. But investigate a bit. Interested in oud? You’ll have hundreds to choose from. Don't like oud? Try one of the throngs of translucent incense perfumes. Rose is having a moment these days and there are some gorgeous Rose perfumes. Why not try one of those? Even a genre as tired as for the Fruity Floral has been tested by evolution for long enough that there are some solid choices.

If you never step into the same river twice, maybe this constant flow of new perfumes isn't a bad thing. I can't think of any given time in the past 20 years when there haven't been a good number of exceptional perfumes available. I'm thrilled that Guerlain seem to have found a way to resurrect Mitsouko. But if it had simply gone the way, I would have shed a tear and moved on. This attitude is not ahistorical. There lineages, traditions and movements in perfumery that continue whether historical icons remain extant or not.

We reminisce about signature fragrances when we talk about dear old Gran who wore Arpège and Grand-dad who used to wear Caron pour un Homme. Forget the arcadian past and ask yourself, would anyone be better off still wearing Giorgio every day rather than having discovered Carnal Flower? What if your boss still wore Opium rather than l’Air du Désert Marocain?

The choices are there if you chose to act. Investigate new entries in a genre that you’ve like in the past. Discover something completely new. Follow a perfumer whose work you’ve admired. There’s a lot of perfume bliss to be followed these days

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But back to Guerlain Parure and the value of the new. A large decant of the discontinued but coveted Parure was sent to me by a generous friend who has a particularly good ability to read perfume. I think there was some degree of test implied in the gift. What would I do with Parure? Thinking about the river of new releases has influenced my take on Parure.

From a market perspective, novelty has come to be a universally positive attribute. It has a value beyond mere goodness. If new is good, then newer is better. The latest is the greatest.

Oy, did Parure missed the boat.

Parure was released in 1975, composed by Jean-Paul Guerlain. For perspective, Guerlain released Chant d’Aromes, a prim powdery floral in 1962, Chamade, an exquisitely powerful green floral from 1969 and Nahema, an over-the-top disco queen in 1979. How is it possible that Parure is so much more in the mold of Chant d’Aromes than Nahema?

I don’t think Parure was intended to be retro. It was simply behind the times and was released into a market that had already had many similar fragrances for years. Aldehydic floral chypres: Paco Rabanne Calandre (1969), YSL Rive Gauche (1970). Green powdery chypres: Estée Lauder Private Collection (1973), Weil de Weil (1971). The more emancipated green fragrances had left the dainty green floral aldehyde behind. By emancipated, I mean taking the lead like Aromatics Elixir (1971), carefree like Revlon Charlie (1973), or active and engaged like Estée Lauder Aliage (1972). For god’s sake, 25-30 years prior women were wearing Rochas Femme (1943), Robert Piguet Bandit (1944) and Miss Dior (1947). These perfumes were erotic, some tacitly, others blatantly. They highlighted the sensuality of the body. By comparison, Parure suggested as much distance from the body as a perfume can make.

Parure was intended for a woman who closed the drawing room doors before the Summer of Love started and still hadn’t opened them in 1975. Even the name, “Parure” which means both a matched set of jewelry and, simply, finery, shows how out of step this perfume was in 1975.

But that was then. As a homo in 2014, I reclaim Parure. Its dynamics are delicate and balanced just so. Removed from the context of the retiring bourgeoise of the mid 1970s, it is a soft floral chypre with fruity elements that, after 15 years of syrupy tactless fruity florals, seem subtle and sexy. Appropriating staid perfumes that were well designed but fundamentally conservative and making them a bit come-hither breathes life into them. God, it's great to be queer.

May
17
2015
Shadow_Witch
Shadow_Witch

Today on a cool autumn day it is thin and sharp and the oakmoss, my gott in himmel the oakmoss is ... I frankly can't stand it.

On a warm summer day, it is outstanding. When I first sprayed it on I could smell both Chamade and Vol de Nuit. Thirty minutes later, Nahema peeks through (a little foreshadowing since Nahema was born in '79). About an hour later, it's fresh pink roses and Guerlinade. What persists 24 hours later is a rose and vetiver dry down identical to my beloved vintage Chanel N°19.

This review is of the 100mL EdT and most likely from the late eighties. Despite it's age, the top notes are intact.

Oct
12
2014
Vanessa Dunlap
Vanessa Dunlap

Hello everyone, I want to let you know that if you go to Etsy.com, look for Nunzio's Discoveries by ODONA, they have a vintage Parure edt that they recently listed for sale (they put it up on Thursday) and I checked just now June 14 at 8am, CT (US) and it's still there. They find lots of beautiful vintages; they also have a vintage Chant d'Aromes edc and Shalimar edc just listed, amongst others. I bought my vintage Anais Anais from them and they are great people to do business with. I just wanted to mention them. I am not connected to them in any way at all. I'm just a fellow perfume fan sharing a little gem of a source.

Jun
14
2014
Eloquaint
Eloquaint

I agree with Ms. Rochambeau the there is a distinct relationship with Mitsouko. That wacky oakmoss! It'll nail you every time.

But where Mitsouko is warm and come-hither, Parure is distant and noli me tangere. Parure is green with rose and something that smells like iris, always a chilly scent.

Parure is a shapely ghost, the tasteful remnant of a thousand departed perfumes. Wear it if you're hoping for an early end to your evening.

May
21
2014
themonkeys
themonkeys

this reminded me of a spring summer garden after a rain storm , wish they still made it

Apr
23
2014
russian.red
russian.red

i have never smelled this one but something about it makes me want it!!

Apr
22
2014
drugstore classics
drugstore classics

This is SOOooooooooo good!

I was gifted a sample of this by a dear friend here at Fragrantica ( thanks, hon! ) which I then took with me on vacation. At first I was Pleased with this fragrant creation.

After an entire week of Generous Application I'm in Love. :) There is a way in which this seems to me very close indeed to the same Guerlain aura as Mitsouko, but the reviewer who stated it's lack of peach is correct. I don't miss it, even though my nose detects no fruit whatsoever.

Oakmoss is now considered such a "dangerous" substance that Guerlain cannot properly reformulate her. To discontinue this beauty is perhaps the most respectful choice. But!!!!

In the final analysis, PLEASE do try Parure if she crosses your path. Guerlain lovers will not be disappointed by her oh-so-special charm!

Dec
07
2013
valenceis
valenceis

I understand why this perfume was discontinued. I remember when this was the least sought after, least appreciated in-production perfume Guerlain was offering. When it had absolutely NO context in current perfume trends. In the late 90s/early 00s this was heavy and dated. Oakmoss was foreign, weird, obscure and unwanted. My how things change in 10+ years.

This perfume has haunted me. I remember in my active swapping days someone offering me a really generous, beautiful bottle of this and seeing as how it was at the time one of the least desired Guerlains, I declined, never having tried it. Everyone was trying to get rid of it. In hindsight although I kick myself for declining it, I'm happy that this particular bottle never passed through my hands in my active swapping days. I would feel worse knowing now that I let such a precious thing slip through my fingers. In my early 20s, Guerlain was not my house.

I did eventually buy myself a cheap (cheap!) bottle on...perfumebay (shows the timeline). I was young and didn't enjoy the opening, loved the classy finish but eventually swapped this out too because it didn't really suit my surroundings. Big deal, I won't miss it. I was wrong.

It's siren song called me for years afterward, some of those years I ignored. My tastes changed again and again. I found myself wanting another hit of Parure, only to find it was seemingly impossible to find anymore. I knew it was being discontinued in 2007 or so and I just let it go. I was a young girl who wanted to ride on the crest of perfume trends. Little did I know that I was about to get tossed around the niche world and leave it running and screaming, into the arms of those wiser, more experienced, less tragic classics.

This perfume is perfection, for those who don't fear its style. Not for everyone. It actually reminds me of a bolder Chant d'Aromes, another love of mine. Deeper, more leathery but still having that bright prettiness. Lovely day time perfume for colder months. Clean, romantic, a little personal.

If you are really interested in this, don't stop searching.

Also, many have mentioned it being like Mitsouko. There is SO much rose in this and NO peach. They share a few characteristics at first blast but after 30 seconds that is over.

Sep
26
2013
exciter76
exciter76

I have never seen Somewhere In Time but I used to love the VHS cover for the movie. On it, Christopher Reeves is wistfully looking into the distance, dreamily wishing for the woman he loves, while a superimposed sketch of Jane Seymour represents his daydream. There was something so beautiful, so romantically vintage, and so surreal about that cover. If there ever was a fragrant interpretation of that VHS cover, Parure is it.

Wistful roses, an enchanted forest, whispering spices—all these things are trapped within the beautiful bottle. The roses contained within this perfume are a bit dusty but they are also opulent. If roses are the floral representation of eternal love, then Parure spends its days professing undying love. The oakmoss reinforces the ethereal aura and brings enchantment often found in fairy tales. The oakmoss sets up a scenario where a princess is imprisoned within a forest and a prince comes to save her, relying on unyielding love to be his weapon. Eventually the scent quiets down but never fully leaves, depositing sweet spices as a reminder that love never fully leaves either.

I am probably over-romanticizing this masterpiece of a fragrance. I suppose the cast and crew of Somewhere In Time over-romanticized time travel and art. But fantasy is one of life’s greatest gifts. I am contented to fantasize and over-romanticize a period of time—for me, I imagine dabbing Parure on during the Harlem Renaissance, before taking in a night of dancing with a handsome stranger. I am grateful for the chance to travel with Parure.

Aug
12
2013
greenelf
greenelf

I read somewhere that the creator of this perfume was inspired by his wife, who he had divorced a few years earlier--he said his inspiration had been the idea of "icy flowers"--sweet, fragrant and yet cold and distantly elegant. I think he achieved this perfectly. I remember seeing a rare TV ad for this scent in the late 70's,that featured Katherine and Heathcliff meeting on a moor and kissing passionately--a fitting metaphor for an intense but failed relationship. It is elegant, feminine and emotionally unavailable. I love that kind of complexity in a fragrance!

Aug
03
2013
ms rochambeau
ms rochambeau

Mitsouko with plum instead of peach, but even with the similarities, it's worth having on its own...if you can find it. For lovers of oakmoss, it's the first note out of the bottle, so it's no wonder for me why it was discontinued. I managed to find a full bottle of the EDT and a tiny 1/2 full mini of pure parfum a while back on ebay at a reasonable price (forget that now) and I use them both sparingly.

May
19
2013
Bajar
Bajar

So earthy at the opening so heavenly rosy at the drydown. In two words; A precious gem! And you don't need any other adornment (=parure) when you wear this.

Mar
27
2013
jujy54
jujy54

Top notes gone all too fast. What's left is Mitsouko minus the peach. It could be almost any chypre base at this point. Like tessture, I get a medicinal smell at the end, which usually signifies oakmoss on my skin.

Mar
17
2013
Jopett
Jopett

I have loved this perfume since its launch. Out of all the great Guerlain perfumes, this is my favourite. I could never understand why it was withdrawn until I spoke with Guerlain earlier this year. EU regulations specify the amount of rare natural essences which can be used in the production of any perfume. Sadly, Parure was the only one in the range which didn't work with the revised formula. To quote Guerlain 'it lost it's heart' Therefor the decision was made to withdraw the perfume from the market.I still manage to buy it on-line from various sellers, but dread the day when I can no longer get anymore.

Dec
11
2011
Henriette
Henriette

If the world should end and three perfumes had to saved, I would choose PARURE, ORANGE STAR and FRACAS - in this order. Parure is one of the most magnificent scents ever made, it is perfect in every aspect and has no fault of any sort. I see it has been compared to others but for me this is truly unique. I am not aware of any other scent resembling Parure in any way. It is too complex to be appropriately described: it's chypre with a touch of fruit, it's woody with a touch of flowers. It's the epitome of what a Great Scent should be: complex without being too much, opulent without being aggressive or overwhelming, elegant without being banal or too understated. I really can't see why this has been discontinued even though a sales person at Guerlain whispered me that a bottle every now and then surfaces on the counter desk and soon it disappears. Maybe to be saved for future generations so they can enjoy this masterpiece.

Oct
19
2011
krmarich
krmarich

Ah, Parure! The lost and perhaps best Guerlain, as far as the florals go. It is elaborate and opulent not to be worn casually. Perhaps thats why it was not so popular in the USA. It is a direct sequel to Mitsouko as far as chypre is concerned. My tiny decant last for hours per drop. Amazing! It will never be forgotten...

Thanks Natalie!

Update 1/5/2015 After years of waiting and watching I found a small bottle for under $100.. This is JP Guerlain's GREAT WORK. It trumps all of his other classics. It stands right next to Mitsouko as the best work from the house. This speaks volumes. Oakmoss, ever so forbidding on cold days warms my heart.

The leather and plum gives it a mature character and there is a very approachable rose that can last until your next shower. This was worth the wait!

Sep
01
2011
Natalie467
Natalie467

On a hunt to get my paws on this, I first bidded and won an empty flacon of Parure-ok the bottle is beautiful but totally deviod of any scent. Second time I bought an unlabeled bottle which I'm not too sure about-will have to do a wrist by wrist comparison. Third time is a charm, this is the real deal and it's stunning.

Parure is a complex and deep chypre. Starts off gentle with the plum, citrus and green, nice and easy. A bit later things get shaken up with the orris but are tamed with hints of florals such as lilac, rose and jasmine. For the dry down there's more spice combined with the earthy patchouli, lots of moss and leathery notes and a bit of amber. Amazing, at this stage it's sultry and seductive, warm and inviting. Something a femme fatal would wear.

Shame on Guerlain for discontinuing this. From what I've tried from their line, Parure is a stand-out perfume compared to the others. Of course Mitsouko, Jicky, Shalimar, Vol De Nuit (to name only a few-I could go on and on) are beauties, but Parure is different and I've not found anything similar in Guerlain's current offerings.

Mar
18
2011
Lady Love
Lady Love

The entire composition its grassy, earthy deepness, and full of complexity with a Beautiful citric/Chypre opening.

But after a while.... this smell exactly like the Vintage Miss Dior Cologne, and I love Miss Dior, but Parure doesn't add anything new.

I feel a little disappointed about this one.

Feb
14
2011
celadon9
celadon9

I would consider it a floral version of Mitsouko. A touch of aldehyde, which settles down to pure exquisitness.

Feb
12
2011
Carla
Carla

My introduction to Guerlains Parure in the 70's was purchased in San Francisco at the now defunct store, I. Magnin. A purchase with no regrets. Upon my first application, my initial response was this is ethereal, its heaven in a bottle.

Vintage Parure is a mixed bag of greatness. The fruity opening, with plenty of plum in the forefront, blends to perfection with the citrus lemony bergomot and a smidgen of green notes The heart brings on a lushness from the rose (a wearable rose) as the sentimental sweetness of the jonquil combined with the jasmine and lily of the valley bring out a reminder of old time glamour. The scrumptious dry down with it's leather, loads of oak moss and a jot of patchouli equates to a "boom boom pow" scent that can be so "now" as well as so happening in 3008! It's nostalgic, it's now, it's futuristic, it's timeless!
Parure has been discontinued. Why Guerlain pulled this wonder in a bottle off the market is beyond my comprehension . It is scarcely available and with an intense search it can be found. The remains in my blue glass stopper bottle in EDP is all but gone so my quest to own another bottle of this classic, long wearing fabulous mood elevating fragrance has just begun. Parure is a perfume adventure not to be ignored.
Upshot: Upscale---all the way!

May
20
2010
Kterhark
Kterhark

I'm never sure how to review discontinued fragrances, because really, what's the point. The only question to answer is should you lay the funds out for a sample of this.

Yes you should.

And when you're done with your sample, call up Guerlain and complain loudly. I would buy this stunning classic in a heartbeat.

Apr
06
2010
tessture
tessture

This went on gorgeous for me, then dry down rapidly became disastrous. There's a note in the final combination that smells exactly like medicated foot powder and between that and the plum notes, it smelled too old fashioned on me and just too old.

Dec
14
2008
Henriette
Henriette

Yes, too bad it's so difficult to find it. IMO it would have deserved a better fortune when launched, maybe it was too avant garde, as all Guerlain perfumes are. Parure is pure perfection bottled, absolutely wonderful, elegant. I bought my first Parure when I was 15 and it's among the very few that I still love to wear after so many years. I use to describe Parure as Mitsouko's Little Sister. The Guerlain Marketing Direction should do something to avoid this oblivion, totally undeserved oblivion

Oct
20
2008
chypresse
chypresse

Hai capito che si trova qui sul internet? Prova ebay or Amazon.com.

E sensa dubbio, si trova in Francia o nelle dogane.

Auguri-
Una amica parmensa-americana

Sep
15
2008
caribou55313
caribou55313

Gorgeous, very feminine chypre with a distinct plum note and rich floral heart.

Nov
05
2007

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