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Samsara Extrait Guerlain for women

Samsara Extrait Guerlain for women
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I have it: 117 I had it: 21 I want it: 40 My signature: 2

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yellow floral

Samsara Extrait by Guerlain is a Oriental Woody fragrance for women. Samsara Extrait was launched in 1989. The nose behind this fragrance is Jean-Paul Guerlain. Top notes are green notes, peach, ylang-ylang, bergamot and lemon; middle notes are iris, violet, orris, jasmine, rose and narcissus; base notes are iris, sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk and vanilla.

Perfume rating: 4.51 out of 5 with 101 votes.

Perfume Pyramid

Top Notes
Green Notes Peach Ylang-Ylang Bergamot Lemon

Middle Notes
iris Violet Orris Jasmine Rose Narcissus

Base Notes
iris Sandalwood Tonka Bean Amber Musk Vanilla

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Samsara Eau de Parfum
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Samsara Extrait Fragrance Reviews


Out of all the orientals in my collection, this one reminds me the most of Shalimar, which I guess is not very strange considering that both are Guerlain. This is less vanillic and less citrusy, rounder and a tad more floral. I seem to prefer Shalimar.


Ho in mio possesso un estratto da 30 ml del 1988.
Amore eterno.



I have a European-release 1988 bottle of Samsara extrait. I purchased it because I remember liking Samsara many years ago when I smelled it in a department store and because I love sandalwood and wanted a heavy dose. However, granted this bottle of perfume may have changed a little with time, I don't detect a large dose of sandalwood here. The notes that stand out are, first and foremost, jasmine, followed by ylang ylang and a peach. I'll admit I was a little miffed by the lack of sandalwood, but I've fallen in love with the florals, especially the jasmine, though the ylang gives it a nice creamy backing. I can see some similarity to Mitsouko in the way the peach and jasmine are done, though Samsara is decidedly sweeter.

The extrait has excellent staying power, at over nine hours on my skin. Projection is not very strong but is consistent and about arms-length. Overall, this scent is very floral and a bit serious. It may be too feminine for some men's taste, but it's very well-done and worth a try if you like the notes listed.

born for shalimar
born for shalimar

Its been sat in a dark draw for a year.i have changed so much as i love this perfume.when i first bought this lovely bottle i took a few whiffs and stuck it in a dark draw.i think i was comparing it to the edp reformulated which i doesnt do much for me.i have a 3/4 full bottle for swops if anyone has a lovable vanille preferably guerlain.i thought id love it as id bought some in the 90s and the memory was the first edp i bought as a fragrantica a few years ago.i can smell the lovely delicate notes of the extrait on my wrist wafting up and enspiring me.very oriental.this has to be for winter, sweet lovely warm i know i will seek out another bottle.its beautifull thats all i can say .the reformulated would do fine especially if you are a douser like me but the extrait is for wrists and behind ears for close encounters.


you girls are just awesome with your stories <3


Wow… ok – this was a surprise. I bought this blind on the strength of many, many reviews I’d read online. Everything I read had made me believe this was most definitely a fragrance for me. So today my first 2ml Pure Parfum sample miniature arrive (I’ve also ordered a decant of pure parfum and a 100ml EDP plus another 2ml will arrive as part of a collection of Guerlain miniatures – did I say I’ve developed a perfume and online shopping addiction!!)… I immediately dabbed it on my wrist a couple of times and inhaled… I had no idea what to expect really but it seemed much milder than I expected to start with! Maybe I didn’t really apply enough? I was being so careful not to use too much as I was expecting a bit of a monster from the reviews… anyway, it just seemed remarkably quiet – And as for the fragrance? Well, my first instinct was ‘old’! Having just re-read previous reviews, I now understand the reference to ‘old furniture and antiques’ that popped up a few times – that seems very apt to me now actually. I can also understand the references to this being a comforting fragrance… as it settles down I can also visualise old Asian antique stores and furnishings that date back through generations. When I was sniffing my wrist I was getting a very soft, old, florally fragrance (I’ve since washed it off my wrist) but now that I’m sniffing a dab of the fragrance on a tissue, I’m getting the sandlewood with tinges of spice and flowers that I can’t identify… it’s a very atmospheric fragrance to me though – it’s old Asia. Being lovers of anything Asian, my husband and I have spent many hours wandering through markets and antique stores through-out Asia and this fragrance is taking me back there. I’m not sure whether I want to actually ‘wear’ the fragrance though which is rather disappointing to me as I was so intensely excited about it! Anyway, I intend to continue to get to know this perfume in all its intricacies… Worst case scenario, I’ll have plenty of it to fragrance our home!


If you have read my review on the (vintage) EDT, you know how much I love Samsara. Recently I was gifted three 2 ml samples of the original, 1988 (yes, it was released that year in Europe!) pure parfum extrait.

To imagine how the extrait compares to any other (good) version of Samsara, add to it half a dozen more dimensions, depth, the creamiest creaminess and the softest caressing darkness you can think of. Imagine the whole thing wearing a corset with push-up bra and a blood red satin evening gown, illuminated by the golden light of hundreds of candles in chrystal chandelliers.

This is the stuff of dreams.


This is simply my favourite, it makes me fly.


Simply a must for any Parfumista .


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