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Quand Vient la Pluie (When the Rain Comes) – Lost, and found again – August 26, 2016


"Quand Vient la Pluie" packaging - guerlainperfume.blogspot - photo by Druot


We had an unscheduled re-arrangement of our perfume shelves last week, in our attempt to locate a fragrance for a recent order.

“I think YOU have it.”

“It’s not on my list – it’s definitely yours”

“I can’t find it”

“It HAS to be there!”

Long story short, it was there, but the frustrating search for the missing bottle also led to a hugely wonderful discovery.

We thought we’d sold the last of one of our coveted Limited Editions, Quand Vient la Pluie from Guerlain, which is now discontinued and not replaceable. Hidden at the back of a shelf we found the re-fill bottle that originally came with the little glass raindrop bottle in the leaf-etched glass block (see picture above and packaging description below), and so we are now listing this very special EdP once again in our Decant Store.

Here’s part of my description from my post of March 2011 so you can understand why we’re so happy about our discovery (click here to read the original - I've updated this post somewhat):

Quand Vient la Pluie is a 2007 release from Guerlain, created by Thierry Wasser, now Creative Director and Perfumer for Guerlain, which was inspired by Jacques Guerlain’s early 20th century floral masterpiece, Après l’Ondée.

Luca Turin in Perfumes The Guide states that Après l'Ondée is - "one of the twenty greatest perfumes of all time" - a "heavenly heliotrope", and Guerlain describes it as a powdery floral which “evokes a stroll through dewy underbrush - misty pastel shades celebrate the weather after the rain - discreet".

Après l'Ondée opens with almondy violet notes, pale and spring-like, and then becomes more haunting as the iris note starts to emerge. Aniseed and a whiff of pepper from carnation, then herbs - thyme, rosemary and sage - give this scent weight. To me, the scent smells like it is made from the earth –the natural scents of  twigs, roots, leaves and blossoms – and then touched by soft raindrops and lifted into air. It’s so intriguing, very restrained, and very, very lovely.

Quand Vient la Pluie, also a floral, pays tribute to its famous predecessor with similar notes in the heart, but it opens with a vibrant citrus-herbal-floral accord of bergamot and rosemary, green jasmine, and sweet orange blossom, aromatic and swoon-worthy as is dries into the heart. Dark purple violet and heliotrope, haunting and wistful, are the hommage to Après l'Ondée, but this gorgeous floral heart soon expands with the addition of almondy praline and hints of cinnamon.

Never veering into gourmand, the spicy burnt-sugar nuttiness adds depth and richness to the soft floral accord, and in the base, damp earthy patchouli and soft skin-scented musk blend with the spiced sweetness, giving Quand Vient la Pluie its lovely bones and curves, and transform it into a lush and sensuous fragrance.

Après l’Ondée is classic and beautiful - pale, ethereal, weightless, cerebral, like a painting of refined feminine sensibility from an earlier time.  Quand Vient la Pluie is contemporary and beautiful - warm, earthy, rooted, and visceral, today’s woman in the flesh. It is, in a word…gorgeous.

Quand Vient la Pluie is listed in our Decant Store. It is a Limited Edition EdP - the scent is no longer available from Guerlain. Decants are $18.00 for 1 ml.

A description of the packaging from Basenotes:

“… Instead of coming in a bottle, QVLP is offered as part of a sculptural presentation. A large block of crystal, the bottom of which is etched like a tree's leaf, contains a removable (and refillable) 'bubble sprayer' (in which the perfume sits) that rests in the crystal. To the eye the sculpture presents an interpretive "drop of liquid sitting on a leaf" - meshing with the name of the fragrance as well as further connecting itself to Après L'ondée ("after the showers"). Truly a unique piece of visual art that both accompanies the artistry of the perfume as well as looks fantastic on the shelf among the other Guerlains....”