Three in One – Guerlain Le Plus Beau Jour de ma Vie, Rubini Fundamental, Hermès Le Jardin de Monsieur Li (2015)


Today some quick thoughts from me on three new releases. How very up to date I feel when I can actually write 2015 behind all three.

Guerlain Le Plus Beau Jour De Ma Vie (Beau Jour for short).043c I think Beau Jour is a cute little number. It smells of orange blossom sugar-coated almonds and fluffy little clouds on a clear blue sky on a summer’s day. So yes, Beau Jour paints the image of a wedding day. It’s cosy yet summery, girly yet not so much that it can’t be worn by women, it’s sweet, but won’t make you feel like you’re a walking candy shop. It has an effortlessness that is not bestowed on too many perfumes in the candied genre. Beau Jour is not ground-breaking, but as a take on a wedding perfume or for anyone who likes sugared almonds and orange blossoms in the style of Hilde Soliani’s Conaffetto and Kilian’s Sweet Redemption, this is a fine perfume and as always with Guerlain, an exceptionally smooth composition.


Sandwiched between two historic houses is Italian newcomer brand Rubini with their first fragrance; Fundamental. Fundamental’s opening displays a honeyed Tokay wine over cognac. Add to that a pungent currant note and a distant leather note and I feel this is more masculine territory. The liquor becomes ever more grape, almost raisin,-like and there’s a herbal dryness which makes me associate a non-present smoke. 043dAs opposed to the two other perfumes I write about today which have decidedly outdoors-imagery, this feels like an indoor fragrance. Something conceived to give an almost stuffy, as in non-airy, feel (gentleman’s club/ elegant leather coated bar… that kind of thing) and being worn on indoor occasions. The fragrance has excellent longevity, and fairly linear sticking to that chewy, generous booziness.


Hermes Le Jardin de Monsieur Li (short M. Li) When I first tried this straight after it came out, it was simply too early in the year and too cold to even contemplate such a perfume, so it’s because of a great friend who send me a sample, that I had a second try of M. Li. This time I found it very pleasant and summer-suitable. M. Li is sheer and transparent, a scent almost more than a perfume. I’m thinking that it would wear nicely as a body mist underneath your real perfume in the warmer months, making you feel incredibly elegant, and a little secretive, for splashing on such an extravaganza. Notes are kumquat, jasmine and sap. M. Li is a little sweet, the jasmine non-indolic, the sap easy-going non-crunchy and there’s no (detectable, and to me dreaded) cedar note, that is so often present in M. Ellena’s perfumes. It’s silky and light and whispers ‘fruity-floral’ so softly, blink and you’ll miss it.

Disclaimer; pics by me, samples of La Plus Beau Jour de Ma Vie and M. Li, send to me by sweet Rosenrot, and Fundamental send by Andrea Rubini after winning a sample on FB.

Other reviews of Guerlain La Plus Beau Jour de ma Vie; Sorcery of Scent, Black Narcissus

Reviews of Hermès Le Jardin de Monsieur Li; Bois de Jasmin, CaFleureBon, Kafkaesque

Review of Rubini Fundamental parfum; CaFleureBon

16 thoughts on “Three in One – Guerlain Le Plus Beau Jour de ma Vie, Rubini Fundamental, Hermès Le Jardin de Monsieur Li (2015)

  1. Isn’t it funny how the time of year you test some perfumes is all important? M. Li sounds pleasant and summery but no more than that. I’ll still try it when I come across it. Love the phrase “summer-suitable”.

    I didn’t dislike the Guerlain wedding perfume but hoped for something that came across as a bit more special.

    Hadn’t heard of Rubini before so thanks for the introduction.

    • Absolutely, we always hope for MORE from Guerlain, but that doesn’t mean when something is not mesmerising it is bad. I wouldn’t say no to a bottle, if someone gifted me with one, haha 🙂

      And yes, M. Li is pleasant,and I think more for the non-perfume wearing people, you know the ones that spray behind the knees kind of thing. It’s definitely more soft and feminine than some of his more green Jardins.

      Rubini is quite a thick perfume, I think it would great on certain men, and it’s interesting to see what the brand will bring.

  2. Guerlain Le Plus Beau Jour De Ma Vie sounds lovely, Asali. I like the image of orange-blossom candied almonds and fluffy clouds. Yes, please! 🙂

    • Yes, it’s very nice it a not too cute way, and uplifting, an underrated feat. 🙂

  3. When Le Jardin de Monsieur Li came out, I got a sample and tried it for a few times. I kind of liked it, fresh and pleasant, but I also thought it was so ordinary. Nothing wrong, just nothing special. Le Plus Beau Jour De Ma Vie sounds interesting, I’ll definitely try it.
    Love the picture, Asali. It does give me a calming effect. 🙂

    • Yes, I think that for people who likes a little something extra, M. Li is not the perfume, but if one is after a pleasant not mainstream perfume which everyone might have, then it’s a good bet. Or indeed as a mist kind of thing. I tend to use colognes in the summer, as a body spray and then also wear a light perfume just on the wrists, and M. Li would do that nicely too.
      I’m not sure that PBJDMV is very interesting, but it could hit the ‘happy-button’ if one likes those kind of notes.
      Thanks Magpie, yes, I needed some pure watercolours for summer 🙂

  4. Thanks for the review of Rubini Fundamental. I’m really looking forward to trying it… Has been on my radar! Beau Jour is pleasant but not really my thing, and Monsieur Li isn’t yet out on Australia – apparently we will get access to it in the shops in July.

    Tina xx

    • Hi Tina, since you’re in Australia, I’d say now is a good time to test Fundamental, as it’s not a very summery perfume. Not that it matters a lot, but I’d say for it to work at its best (especially for a woman), it would probably be more of a winter-thing. My guess is that if you’re drawn to fumes like Fundamental, the more strong-willed and boozy fragrances, then M.Li will leave you wanting, and I wouldn’t worry about it not being available for a while yet, it really is too discreet to be worn in winter.

  5. I think I should stop commenting on my friends’ blogs because more and more often I have to start with: “I haven’t tested yet any of the perfumes you reviewed…” 😉

    I’m not sure if Guerlain will come around but I’ll try it if it does (and, probably, won’t like). Hermess will show up eventually but I do not expect much (Hermess isn’t my brand). Fundamental sounds very interesting but it’s the first time I heard about this brand so we’ll see if we ever cross paths.

    But you know what? I still like reading your reviews and looking at your illustrations – even if I do not plan to get closer with models for those pictures.

    • Aaaawww, thank you Undina, that’s really sweet of you to say so. I do know exactly what you mean though, hunting down samples because of a review is not really something one does a lot of these days, right? I would almost turn it around and say, that’s exactly why I read reviews; to see if I’m missing out a lot, and mostly I think that I’m probably not ;-)and some times I try to take note in my mind. Hermes isn’t my brand either, my only perfume from the brand is Hiris, which I adore.

  6. Another person who dreads the cedar note! Well, I dread it when it has tipped over into pencil shavings, say…

    Of these, I am most drawn to the first, somewhat fluffy one, and am quite curious about Monsieur Li, though the word sap makes me a bit wary. But even if the Guerlain only delivered a ‘beau jour’ rather than the absolute most beautiful day of my life, I’d be quite happy with that. 🙂

    • Oily pencil shavings 🙁 Get it away! I’ve noticed it’s definitely only some cedar versions, and it seems to me that JCE always uses this one.
      He! Good one, and you’re absolutely right, LPBJDMV does deliver a Beau Jour rather than perhaps the most beautiful day of your live. I really do think it’s a pretty little one, nothing amazing, but certainly also not the ‘Guerlain doom’ as Luca Turin predicts once again.

  7. Lovely reviews, Asali. Le plus Beau Jour reminded me very much of Mon Precieux Nectar when I tried it. Will be trying again as I had THE same you had, Tried it in winter time. Would be very suited for now.

    • Thank you 🙂 I understand your comparison, and had to go and spray MPN straight away, because in my mind I never linked them, even if they have a lot of the same notes in common. It’s funny how the same notes can make for such a different feel in a perfume. In Beau Jour I feel candied almonds and orange blossom and all very happy and festive and ballons rising up on a clear blue sky. MPN to me is much more honeyed, I don’t really smell almonds, but nectar and flowers, and everything is a lot more dense, lush and cuddly.
      If you have the chance retry M.Li, I don’t think I would have written about it, had it not been for the huge difference between now and then, because as already mentioned these kind of fragrances are not all too exciting I find 😉

  8. Gosh, Beau Jour sounds absolutely stunning! I love your description of it… orange blossom and sugared almonds… yep, that’s definitely a slice of wedding cake on a chirpy spring day! I normally prefer fragrances that are inspired by a single scent in nature like a particular flower or spice. Guerlain is one of the few brands where I actually like a lot of their more ‘complex’ note mixtures, especially their ‘dress’ perfumes. Thanks again for another enlightening post 🙂

    • You’re very welcome, Neyon. Well, what can I say but ‘me too’, Guerlain complexity is just gorgeous, and oh so French. Beau Jour is really lovely and if you’re looking for this sort of perfume, no one does it better 😉

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