A bigger splash… Apres l’Ondee by Guerlain The Perfumed Dandy’s Scent Today 


The undisputed queen of the ever so slightly dusty florals.

“Antique, beguiling, beautiful… a classic even amongst classics… an inspiration to parfumeurs to the present day…”

Or do I hear whispers from stage off?

What’s that?

Those awful words…

‘Old Lady’…

The Dandy doesn’t approve of them even though one knows what they’re supposed to mean.

Can it possibly be true?

Following its selection by your good selves some time ago, The Perfumed Dandy is now re-trying this fragrance fair or foul with the aim of, in due course, providing a report to you on his relations with the perfume by means of a scented letter.

The opportunity remains to choose other perfumes to be placed on The Dandy’s skin when The Hit Parade returns in the autumn.

If you would like to thrust forward a fragrance for future fame simply visit ‘Suggest and old scent or recommend a new one’ and leave your recommendation there.

Have an especially fragrant day!


Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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9 responses to “A bigger splash… Apres l’Ondee by Guerlain The Perfumed Dandy’s Scent Today 

  1. I am sure to look out for your scented letter (i.e review) on this one. I have seen so many good reviews praising this perfume and I was curious. We do not get this in my country, so I had a friend buy it for me abroad when she went to London for work. I have never smelled it before, so this was a risky purchase, but I thought because of my love for classic perfumes i MIGHT like it. Turned out that I absolutely love this perfume. I will share my thoughts on your review 🙂

  2. Dear Mr Dandy,

    This was a slow burn for me, but then I really grew to love it. I hear “Old Lady” bandied around a lot, often by the wearers of fruity florals that haven’t yet been inducted into the Chypre Hall of Fame. In fact, anything labelled “Old Lady” by others makes me want to try it.

    Your friend

    • Dearest Iscent
      How right you are.. The Dandy is drawn moth to flame to anything that carries that monicker.
      As to chypres, the best thing about them is that they are totally without any discernment as regards gender.
      In fact I would challenge even a trained nose to identify the few male from the many female members of this noble genre!
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  3. The “old lady” thing is actually a bit of a pet peeve of mine, as are the inevitably young, somewhat condescending, infinitely superior, hipster twits who use it. I hope you will forgive me for the inevitable rant against those invisible sods because it’s been boiling up for a long time. First, what an obnoxiously ageist thing to say!! I always feel like slapping the young, ditzy things who say it.

    Second, even if “old lady” were an appropriate term, it tells me more about their own tastes than the perfume in question. It tells me that they haven’t experienced a hell of a lot of perfume and/or that they’ve bought hook, line and sinker the commercial, mainstream hegemony of the “fresh clean” scents like the vile Acqua di Gio or the fruity-floral stuff put out by endless houses seeking to attract the teenage market. (Hey, if they can insult people who are older with their term, I can use “teenager” in an equally pejorative way too, right?! lol)

    Anyway, I blame everything on Acqua di Gio for starting this trend where people think perfume should not smell of …. er… perfume, and that anything that is rich, opulent, elaborate or sophisticated is “old lady.” Bah humbug to them! Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go shake my cane at some whippersnappers cavorting on my lawn. 😉 😛

    • Dearest Kafka
      Bravo and ‘Here, here’.
      I agree wholeheartedly with all you say, I too am particularly exercised above all by the complaint that a scent smells ‘too perfumey’.
      Apart from the appallingly ugly neologism, what on Earth should a fragrance smell of?
      Now, I don’t mind something a little lighter now and again, even own a few colognes (in the European sense of the word) and am partial to the odd Aqua Allegoria.
      But would I swap any of these water colour musings for a grand, opulent, fully formed work of art that is one of the great perfumes?
      No more than I would sell my mother into the slave trade (so to speak).
      Sadly, I can’t help feeling that this taste exclusively for the very latest and the very sweetest is not restricted to fragrance. It is indicative of a culture where bigger is better and sugar is the new manna from heaven.
      What we are seeing is the super-size Coca Cola-irisation of perfumery.
      A very sad state of affairs indeed.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  4. Lilybelle

    I am finally inured to above mentioned twits’ ageist remarks (though I feel sorry for them as victims/participants in the general dumbing down of our culture). Now, when I hear or read “old lady” or “old man” as a perfume or other descriptor my antennae go up and I’m…”hmmm…must investigate!”

    • Dearest Lily
      Might I simply say ‘me too’.. when I see those words flowing from certain reviewers’ pens my own pen emerges to scribble the name of the scent concerned into my ledger under the column marked ‘to try’…
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

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