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The opening of Samsara by Guerlain is a statement of pure radiance, lemony and fruity-floral with notes of bergamot and jasmine, made lush and rich with ylang-ylang and hints of peach. The distinctive creamy effect of the sandalwood is paired with jasmine right from the first few moments, balancing the opulence of the jasmine with a soft powdered-wood sensation which carries through into the heart and beyond.
More florals start to bloom, spicy rose, earthy, rooty iris and green violet, ripe jasmine, flashes of banana-coconut from the ylang, mixed with hints of anise from the iris/violet accord. In the base, vanilla-infused sandalwood and cedar notes, the breath of sweet amber, curls of chocolate-almond tonka bean, and wafts of musk swirl together as the white florals slowly relinquish  their narcotic power, and the warmth of the wood notes starts to radiate. In the long dry-down, Samsara feels opulent and feminine, round, lush, languorous, softly sweet,  but with the luxurious lightness of a cashmere blanket.
I think Samsara is a beautiful perfume. Featuring sandalwood and jasmine notes from top to bottom, it is never linear, and it is so expertly nuanced that each stage reveals a different facet of its opulent accord. Tart fruit, rich florals, gourmand elements - the classic Guerlinade accord of vanilla, tonka and amber -  the dry elegance of aromatic woods,  Samsara is a dramatic but elegantly refined scent that has majestic presence. The heady sweetness of the white florals is reined in by the woods, the heavy resinous  character of the woods is softened by the florals – a match made by the angels in two-part harmony.
Samsara was launched in 1989 and is a modern Guerlain classic.  
Notes: : bergamot, lemon, ylang-ylang, peach and green notes, Jasmine Sambac, Jasmine Grandiflorum, Orris root, narcissus, violet and delicate rose, sandalwood, vanilla, Tonka bean, amber, and musk.
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Jean-Paul Guerlain

Price: $5.00