Guerlain will sell their annual version of their Muguet (lily of the valley) fragrance, as always, on May Day (May 1st):
April showers bring May flowers and the month of May signals the advent of one of Guerlain's most anticipated annual scents. Guerlain's Muguet fragrance is an embodiment of the freshness and loveliness of spring's arrival, celebrating this season of love and honoring the unique blossoms for which May is known.
Guerlain Muguet 2011 will be $580 for 100 ml, and can be found on May 1st only, at Guerlain boutiques (Palazzo or Bellagio in Las Vegas, Saks or Bergdorfs in New York City, Epcot or the Breakers in Florida, Neiman Marcus in San Francisco). (via press release)
At $580 for 100 ml that works out to $22,272 per gallon…and people say that gasoline is expensive!
The price is crazy.
I have to say that I really want – not a bottle – but a decant of this. Normally, the aromachemical used for LotV does not work on my skin, but I’m thinking that at this price, it must be the real thing and I would really like to own some. So keeping my fingers crossed for a split…. **winkwinkhinthint**
No, it’s not the real thing. They just charge a lot for it because of the (artificial) scarcity. I personally haven’t smelled a version in probably 3-4 years, but last I did, it was pretty but not $580 pretty.
I can only think of a few things that might be $580 pretty, but like Rapple, $6/ml is something I might do. *winks back*
It looks a lot like the Teo Cabanel bottles.
Thanks for killing a lemming, Robin!
Rapple, not sure what you mean by the real thing, but just in case you don’t know, there is no real oil or absolute that you can extract from lily of the valley that smells like the living flower (like gardenia). So this would have the same ol’ aromachemicals and naturals that any other LotV scent has.
Erin, I don’t think that I actually knew that, but I should have since I buy a lot of essential oils and have never seen LotV! Just never thought about it.
I thought $400 for Les Secrets de Sophie was absurd, but this is outrageous. Especially when Diorissimo is so lovely.
If only Diorissimo was still as lovely as it used to be! But still doubt this is better.
Lil, exactly. Diorissimo is the word.
This is totally insane and has to stop!
Well, it isn’t hurting anybody, right? As a company, Guerlain is pretty middle-of-the-road when it comes to prices — the only really expensive things they do are these limited edition one-off sort of deals.
You’re right, Robin – it’s not hurting anyone except for us poor slobs that can only afford a small sample! Maybe it’s time for me to play the lottery! LOL
Ha, that is true, but since I don’t mind missing this one, for once I’m not pissed at the price! If you want one, then I do hope the lottery is good to you
Huh!! Is there any gold in that????
For that much you could get a nice bottle of vintage Diorissimo, some Caron Muguet de Bonheur, and a bottle of Van Cleef and Arpels Muguet Blanc.
Or fly to Paris, lol!
Yeah. I’ll vote for Paris, too!
You said everything I didn’t, Merlin.
And I’d be perfectly happy with the Dior, Caron and VC&Fs since that’d probably be all the lotv perfume I’d ever need. There are already too many Guerlain LEs I’d love to own that are half the price of this one, and while I’m sure it is lovely, it probably wouldn’t wow me enough to pay that much for it. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
LotV is not one of my favorite notes….not because I don’t love real blooming lily of the valley, I do (still hoping the ground moles left a few of those alone but so far nothing is popping out of the ground yet—sad) but there is something lost in the translation from flower to perfume….or maybe it just doesn’t do well with my skin. Delrae Muguet is nice and I also like VC&A Muguet Blanc….still wear them only occasionally as they can just as easily give me a headache as they can thrill me. $580 /100ml ? Please, I’m still laughing….
Mostly can’t wear Diorissimo….I know, go ahead, throw me off the island….
No I’m right there with you. I only like Diorissimo *technically*. I don’t enjoy wearing it. LOTV doesn’t do very well on my skin unless it’s hanging out with A LOT of jasmine…
Same here. My enthusiasm for muguet was dampened after sampling what turned out to be vintage Diorissimo then ordering a FB of the latest reformulation and being very disappointing. I don’t think the new one is horrible but it does suffer in comparison to the original. I like Muguet Blanc but it is relentlessly clean bordering on household products on me. I usually dab something musky over it to tone it down a little.
Delrae Muget? Do you mean Debut?
yes! sorry —typing too soon after crawling out of bed…Debut is what I meant to type. (proofread? what’s proofread!)
Just wondering–if they are selling it for one day only, what will they do with any bottles that don’t sell?
Guerlain should be slapped for this. While the scent is lovely, the cost is ridiculous. It is not in the bottle originally described, nor is it the EDP mentioned in the original press releases. AND it is on sale now at the Guerlain boutiques. If people wait until May 1, they will be sold out, at least in the USA. The fragrance is AS pretty as Diorissimo, but better than Caron, etc. The bottle, while cute, is an insult at this price point.
I saw the bottle yesterday at Saks, this year Le Muguet is NOT for sale for only one day. I find the bottle looks cheap, the LOTV design is made of paper that easily comes off, the bottle looks like one of those generic cologne bottles you find at supermarkets in France. I wouldn’t mind the hefty pricetag if Guerlain launched the best muguet on the market, after all, to each his own, I know women who spend as much for hideous hair extensions and trashy italian handbags. I used the tester bottle; the longevity is great, to me Le Muguet reminds me of those jeans that unimaginative designers artificially make look worn and aged to give a vintage feel. Le Muguet both smells vintage but in an artificial/less complex way and modern with clean and bright notes, that being said it’s probably the best LOTV on the market right now – Muguet Blanc is fresh, cool and lovely but too politically correct, new Diorissimo and Muguet du Bonheur underwent poor reformulations. Le Muguet is very good but I need more exceptional beauty to justify purchasing a $600 bottle. I’ll take my chances looking for vintage Muguet du Bonheur, which is very affordable on auctions sites, and Diorissimo.
It’s shocking that the LOTV on the bottle come off! For the price, I really believed they would be hand-painted on.
Wow, well thanks for clearing up any ideas I had that the bottle is lovely.
It’s a gray, rainy, windy day here and I felt like a lift so I dug out my tiny samples of Ubar and Gold (nestled snuggly against my full bottle of Diorissimo), and applied both. If I’m shellin’ out $580 it’s gonna be for 100 ml of each of those. Or maybe two bottles of Cuir de Russie extrait, or two bottles of Osmanthe Yunnan or, or, or . . the list is almost endless but this one isn’t on it. I don’t object to the price point of any luxury item. No one is holding a gun to my head to buy it, I’m just not tempted by this one. . . I don’t think . . .
Nope, don’t be tempted. There is way better stuff to spend the money on. An FB of Gold for one thing (c.$230) , then some of the spectacular vintage Ubar (c.$139 + $9 shipping) and still have more than enough for a travel set (4x15ml) of Osmanthe Yunnan ((c.$160 shipped) ….yup, that’s what I’d do!
hey daisy, where is this spectacular vintage ubar at 139 available from?
there’s a seller on ebay who has vintage Ubar….$139 +shipping –they’re in Latvia (which I think makes some people nervous about ordering for some reason) but I have ordered for myself and then also I split 4 bottles –and it went very smoothly.
LOTV and I only get along in nature. But I’d be more than happy to buy that EMPTY bottle of someone, lol. It’s a beautiful bottle!
For $580 it SHOULD smell as good as vintage Diorissimo, but I doubt that it does, considering that even more limitations have recently been put on the aroma chemicals that can be used to re-create the LOTV smell. ( I just got a lovely mini of vintage Le Galion Le Muguet and it’s truly wonderful, for a very low price, so I am not tempted anyway.) I would be curious to smell the Guerlain of course, but that’s a lotta cash!
nope de la nope…not for me….i am in the group that doesn’t wear lotv frags…never!!! however i do spray diorissimo in the home on rare occasions …(oh dont shoot me robin)
580$..ooh…ism unsniffed , some vintage nina ricci, full bottle of jubilation 25
I smelled clive christian c the other day yummy….quite addictive. Now that cost about about $350…and i wish it were a lotta bit cheaper!
Wow…nope de la nope. That is hilarious!
Artificial scarcity is right!
Ohhhh my….. I would LOOOOVE to have that bottle! If I was to buy a fragrance for it’s bottle only (which I don’t usually do) it would be this and Penhaligon’s Lily of the Valley! Can you imagine how beautiful they’d both look like next to each other?
I want to go to one of those stores selling it, just to observe who actually shells out 580 smackeroos!
(BTW, I think the bottle is kind of “meh”, at least compared to photos I’ve seen of past years’ bottles. Just my opinion.)
Beautiful bottle and really, quite cheap compared with a bottle of L’abeille (12500 Euros for 245 ml))
Is there such a thing as straight up, pure, lily of the valley perfume that smells true?
Complete photorealism, no. I’d say rather that some fragrances capture the spirit.
Any thoughts on which concoction is closest to the real deal?
I am fond of Diorissimo above all others. You can scroll through the lily of the valley tag & find lots of reviews: