A Guerlain Summer- Terracotta Le Parfum Guerlain

For summer I like to wear lush, white floriental scents, the ones that remind me of hot days spend somewhere on a fantasy beach I’ve never been to. For this feel, in past years I’ve been turning to Aqua Allegoria Lys Soleia and Terracotta Voile d’Été, but there’s a new kid on the (sun-) block, Terracotta Le Parfum.

Imagine yourself surrounded by an azure sea, palm trees and exotic white flowers and the quiet lullaby of waves hitting the shore. In the shade, the scent of skin, warm and fragrant from sun, sun lotion, a light breeze carrying the scent of salty sea towards land, and sand, too hot to thread onto with bare feet.

The scent is of tiare flowers, jasmine and ylang-ylang intertwined, the bouquet is sensuous, sweet. The balmy coconut is flirty, with a bit of ‘come-hither’ even, a feeling supported by vanilla and musk embracing the composition warm like suntanned skin, with a touch of bronzer. I feel a slight saltiness to it all, like the salt left on the skin from bathing in the sea. And it all comes together to something smooth and elegant like flowery white garments and sunshades, as elegant as it is possible to be in the heat.

from lilylola.com

from lilylola.com

The overall feel of Terracotta le Parfum is much less dessert like, and beachier than the sunny Lys Soleia, and although Terracotta le Parfum could have held notes of tuberose, it’s much easier to wear than the lovely but perhaps more grown-up feisty Mahora. It does however have that quintessential Guerlain feeling; it’s an oriental for the summer.

Truthfully, as much as I love the fantasy, I think I’d prefer a Mediterranean beach holiday or even a gorgeous summers day on my own local beach, but that doesn’t change the fact that Terracotta Le Parfum conveys the quintessential holiday feeling. Something to wear all summer, or in the long winters when I long to dream myself away.


For more reviews of Terracotta le Parfum visit anotherperfumeblog, perfumeshrine,(with comparisons to Voile d’ete and Terracotta Sous le Vent), bestthingsinbeauty, colognoisseur, and possibly many many more.

Top picture is mine.

12 thoughts on “A Guerlain Summer- Terracotta Le Parfum Guerlain

  1. Loved your take on the “new kid on the (sun-) block”! I never realised it before you said it, but coconut can be a little come-hither can’t it?

    Unfortunately I found the white florals in this too heady for me but I do have a very low tolerance. I did consider buying one of the few bottles left to sell for an extortionate amount when it’s no longer available, but I resisted 🙂

    Talking of elegance in the heat, did you ever try Eau de Magnolia?

    • Yes, I think it can 🙂 And thank you. I used to have an extremely low tolerance of white florals too, I still do when it comes to rubbery tuberose, indolic jasmine or blue cheese gardenia, but here I find it all very well behaved. What a shame it doesn’t work for you.
      As to the stocking up and re-selling; I have a feeling that the popularity of this one, might bring it back, I don’t know that at all, but I’m thinking of Ode a la Vanille here…
      We have no Malle’s here, so unfortunately still no Eau de Magnolia, hopefully soon 🙂

      • Oh no! I’d be happy to send you a sample from here. I’m going Les Senteurs next week. You can PM your address via FB.

        Maybe my tolerance for white florals will grow in time. For now I have Nuxe Prodigieux le parfum which works well for me as a beach scent. The white florals are oily and muted. I am so with you when it comes to rubbery tuberose, indolic jasmine and blue cheese gardenia. Champaca and osmanthus work well for me and lately magnolia. I like frangpani but haven’t found a perfume with it that works for me yet. I love the OJ until a butter note kicks in.

        I’m sure you’re right about them probably bringing this one back. It’s been such a runaway success.

        • That is SO sweet of you Tara, if it isn’t a hassle I can’t refuse that offer 🙂
          I will think about suggestions and PM them, but in the end, there’s enough to love as it is, even without BWF, perhaps you should feel lucky if it doesn’t work out 😉

  2. Ah, you and Natalie make this sound so good (and no doubt I’ll read the other reviews too). I probably won’t seek this out, as I don’t want to be tempted to buy perfume right now (I promised myself that Marron Chic would be the last thing I’d buy for awhile … though I am quite grateful I got that one, thank you for the tip!)

    Still, it doesn’t hurt to live vicariously, so thanks for the lovely review! It sounds like the kind of perfume that is right up my alley. 😉

    • I think terracotta would be your kind of thing, but I admire and completely understand your resolve. For a while it felt like there wasn’t a lot of new things I cared enough for to buy, but all of a sudden there were several, and I’m not sure whether that’s a good thing or bad 😉 I’m so glad you got Marron Chic though. Apparently one of S. L. Humberts own favourites, so we have good taste 😀

  3. I was very curious about this perfume after reading Natalie’s review and you just reinforced the interest but since it’s gone from any online store I can find, I don’t think it’s meant to be. Too bad. Why do companies do those awful limited editions?!

    • I agree, limited editions can be a terrible thing. It was thanks to Natalie that I decided that I should get it, and I haven’t regretted that one bit 🙂

  4. I am wearing Lys Soleia today, as it happens, and am massively intrigued about this one, having already had it resoundingly sold to me by Natalie, who if I remember rightly, was encouraging readers to go forth and blind buy. As a lily and ylang-ylang lover, this one is a must try – if I can find it, that is!

    • I do love Lys Soleia. And as for Terracotta; it’s all Natalie’s fault! Until a few days ago the UK e-tailers had bottles left, so perhaps you could still find a bottle somewhere. I think you’d like it.
      As I said in another comment, with the runaway success it has been, I just can’t imagine Guerlain NOT reissuing this at some point. Of course, you never know with these limited editions :-/

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