Originally Posted by treeman5823
In all, would you consider it an accurate representation of the *real (extrait) thing?*
Guerlain's fragrances in the edc concentration are fantastic. Yes, the edc is an accurate rep of the extrait, but it's not just a question of progressive dilution. The edc of Chamade, as with every other Guerlain that I had the pleasure to smell in this form, has a character of its own that is related to and merged with the "true" nature of the extrait, but is distinct on its own merits. The sharper top notes take center stage and the deeper notes are at murmuring level. This makes it possible to layer the edc with other forms of the fragrance without overpowering. Or, it makes it possible to pour and splash a complex, serious scent like Chamade with liberality. I knew women who wore Chamade as their signature scent, and in hot weather would wear only the edc plus whatever bath products that came in it. It was a way to maintain continuity while bowing to the demands of the weather and temperature.
Civilized. Elegant. Those are the words that describe those big bottles of edc-strength old Guerlains.