It's been a long time since a new Guerlain fragrance tempted me. Even Guerlain old timers have fallen out of favor. I've found vetiver perfumes I prefer to Guerlain Vétiver. Mitsouko is now used in my house more as a home fragrance than a perfume to put on my person. Jicky don't smell like Jicky no more (sounds like the title of a 1920s song, doesn't it?) The only Guerlain survivors pour moi are Habit Rouge and Les Eaux — Eau de Cologne Impériale, Eau de Cologne du Coq, Eau de Fleurs de Cédrat and Eau de Guerlain.
I came across (and bought) a small bottle of Guerlain's 1911 Pour Troubler1 Extrait years ago when I was searching for vintage Houbigant Fougère Royale Eau de Toilette on eBay. On that day, I could only find a bottle of vintage Fougère Royale aftershave and it was worth every penny...and is long gone (never hoard your favorite perfumes or they'll be thrown in the trash when you croak). Yeah, that $200 was REALLY well spent!
Pour Troubler has a long list of notes: bergamot, lavender, cloves, anise, rosemary, jasmine, Bouvardia, rose, patchouli, opoponax, tonka bean, civet and musks. The bottle I purchased showed up in eBay results because it, like Fougère Royale, is considered a fougère perfume. According to Monsieur Guerlain: "Troubler is the French way of saying that you are stirring desire in someone. 'Pour Troubler' thus translates as 'for seducing.'"2
My Pour Troubler has aged very well (or so it seems to my nose). Its herbs have created a rich bouquet garni opening, with sweet lavender, cloves and silky rosemary. Quickly a floral bouquet arrives, with jasmine and rose tightly entwined. As Pour Troubler dries down I smell moss and a warm aroma that smells very much like immortelle. The pleasant immortelle mixes well with the hints of rich musk that round out the perfume. Pour Troubler's extreme dry down presents talcy civet mixing with the immortelle aroma, creating a lively and not-too-sweet amber accord. Pour Troubler smells expensive and "classic."
Pour Troubler, to me, is especially well suited for men and wintertime wear; I think of it as the great-grandfather of Etat Libre d'Orange's The Afternoon of a Fawn.
1. Perfumer Jacques Guerlain.
2. See Monsieur Guerlain for more information on Pour Troubler.