Guerlain Ode EDT
Introduced in 1955 - Feminine
Notes: Aldehydes, rose, jasmine, orris, sandalwood and musk
From Perfume Shrine:
Jacques Guerlain created Ode, his last perfume, in 1955 with the assistance of his grandson Jean-Paul (aged 18 years at the time). Ode stands as a luminous floral in the Guerlain galaxy focusing on the luxurious rose and jasmine accord that is the pillar of classical French perfumery, yet it infuses it with gentle musk and a bit of the Guerlain vanilla which gives a warm, round feel. The rose is slightly more accentuated than jasmine to my sensibility, but perhaps this has to do with my desire to immerse myself in the indolic aroma of jasmine that makes me experience this as a void.
From The Non Blonde:
At first sniff Ode, seems more related to other houses, mostly Jean Patou, than it is to Guerlain with the magical oriental perfumes. Ode is definitely different, but it shares some DNA with the 1929 Liu, a much earlier Jacques Guerlain creation that was rumored to be heavily influenced by Chanel No. 5. Both are light and delicate, but where Liu is warm and sunny, Ode is very much a creature of early spring. The overall impression is gauzy and frilly, very innocent.
Ode has been discontinued. We are decanting out of an unopened original bottle of eau de toilette version of this fragrance.