Eau de Guerlain was one of the first fragrances I purchased after becoming seriously interested in fragrance in 2003. It was created by Jean Paul Guerlain and launched in 1974, and is the most recent of the Guerlain Eaux range, which also includes Eau Imperiale (1853), Eau de Coq (1894), and Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat (1920). It is easily my favorite of them all, and one of my favorite summer fragrances in general. The notes for Eau de Guerlain are lemon, bergamot, verbena, neroli, thyme, oakmoss and tonka bean, although there are wildly varying lists of notes (as always) to be found online.
There isn't so very much to say about it, and hopefully that will make up for yesterday's unreasonably long post on Guerlain. Eau de Guerlain is a simple fragrance based on the traditional cologne theme, and the notes just about tell the story: citrus, lightly sweetened, a little rush of aromatic herbs (I have seen tarragon and mint listed in addition to the thyme, and possibly caraway as well), a blur of vague florals, a warm but not heavy dry down of moss and tonka bean, with maybe some light amber.
It smells like a summer day: earthy and grassy and mossy and fresh. It is hard to imagine a day too hot to wear it, but it has enough substance to stand up to chilly spring weather. There are a million other fragrances along the same lines, but none are quite so perfectly done.
Eau de Guerlain isn't strong, and it doesn't last. There is no sense complaining about it. It is sold in Guerlain's iconic bee bottle, and you can find it most anywhere; try Froogle for a price comparison.
Note: image via CouleurParfum.