Collection de Haute Parfumerie de Terry de Gunzburg : 5 New Perfumes

This October, the makeup artist Terry de Gunzburg will launch her first fragrance collection. Collection de Haute Parfumerie de Terry de Gunzburg will include Parti Pris (tuberose, jasmine, ylang-ylang), Rêve Opulent (hyacinth, rose, floral notes), Lumière d’Épices (spicy woods), Ombre Mercure (iris, violet, patchouli, woods), and Flagrant Délice (fig, green notes, gourmand accord). You might know de Gunzburg’s work through Touche Éclat, an innovative concealer and brightener she created while heading up make-up design for Yves Saint Laurent.

The fragrances were created by perfumers Karine Vinchon-Spehner, Jacques Fleury, Arthur Le Tourneur d’Ison, and Sidonie Lancesseur, and according to the press release, the fragrances include iris butter, tuberose absolute, rose essence, ylang ylang, and other precious materials. As de Gunzburg said, “I had to ignore the ‘dos and don’ts’ imposed by trends or by a commercial brief. Free from any restrictions, I have followed my instinct to create pure, original and extravagantly high-quality fragrances.”

Besides her own fragrances, she likes to wear a smoky orange blossom perfume created for her by Francis Kurkdjian. Sometimes she wears different perfumes on different parts of her body: Aromatics Elixir on the wrists, Opium parfum in the hollow of the neck, rose absolute on her clothes.

Each fragrance will be available as a 100ml EDP spray/£105 and a 50ml EDP spray/£68.

Via press release, and



  • Barbara: I must say I’m loving the bottle. Wearing different perfumes at once sounds like a strange … but interesting idea. Almost like layering without layering, isn’t it? August 31, 2012 at 9:14am Reply

    • Victoria: I think that it would achieve a similar effect, as the sillages of different perfumes mix together. I’ve done it before in the process of testing fragrances, but never on purpose. 🙂 August 31, 2012 at 12:03pm Reply

  • Jessica: I’ve occasionally admired her “By Terry” cosmetics line at Bergdorf. Very elegant! I like the fact that she actually names her favorite perfumes — so many people give the “I never liked perfume until I had this one made for me, with my name/brand on it!” line. 😉 August 31, 2012 at 9:17am Reply

    • Jessica: (Or, Barneys. I can’t remember which!) August 31, 2012 at 9:17am Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, I also found it refreshing. In an interview, she mentions that Arpège, Mitsouko, Bal à Versailles are among the fragrances she enjoys too, which might seem to some people as old-fashioned, but not to her. August 31, 2012 at 12:13pm Reply

  • Diane: This is interesting; I am a big fan of her By Terry beauty line so have rather high hopes for these scents….Ombre Mercure sounds like it would be the one for me! August 31, 2012 at 9:26am Reply

    • Victoria: I have one of her lipsticks, and I think that it has a great texture and a beautiful color. If only these perfumes are as good as her cosmetics. August 31, 2012 at 12:15pm Reply

  • breathesgelatin: Gosh, reading the things she likes to wear gives me high hopes for these… August 31, 2012 at 1:42pm Reply

    • Victoria: I know what you mean! So I’m testing them right now. So far, not sure how much they were inspired by her favorite perfumes. August 31, 2012 at 2:23pm Reply

  • Nancy A.: Terry de Gunzberg is a very innovative woman and I guess it wasn’t long before a fragrance line would be created in her unique style. August 31, 2012 at 2:30pm Reply

    • Victoria: Her makeup innovations are really impressive. Touche Eclat alone is a genius product. September 1, 2012 at 8:04am Reply

  • Amer: I too wear different fragrances on different places of my body. Dabbing a strong perfume and then walking through a cloud of light EdT makes sense to my nose. I like the bottle. Looks like a better Armani Prive Collection bottle (which feels terribly cheap from up close btw). Hope this is more quality manufacture. The price is quite affordable for something said to have been made with expensive raw materials. hmmm August 31, 2012 at 3:22pm Reply

    • Victoria: Those are prices in British pounds, so I suppose that in the end they are a standard for the luxury niche lines.

      Armani Prive bottle designs are interesting only in theory. In practice, the wood gets stained in no time and really doesn’t look great. September 1, 2012 at 8:06am Reply

      • Amer: The plastic semi-precious stone caps are a bit shameful really :S

        On the matter of prices yes, I missed the pound symbol there. $%$#^@##$ !!! September 2, 2012 at 8:53pm Reply

        • Victoria: I really dislike plastic. Just saw the new Kenzo Madly, and the cheapness of the plastic cap really felt jarring. But the perfume itself was likewise hardly an epitome of luxury. September 3, 2012 at 9:37am Reply

  • Daisy: I heard about this and am curious! By Terry is one of my favorite cosmetic lines. Her blush makes me look fresh and awake when I have had no sleep and am hungover. That’s an endorsement, right?

    🙂 August 31, 2012 at 9:05pm Reply

    • Victoria: It is, Dr. Daisy! 🙂

      (And once again, congrats on defending your dissertation!) September 1, 2012 at 8:07am Reply

      • Daisy: Thank you! I guess I have to start stop telling my students to call me Grandmaster D from now on 🙂 September 1, 2012 at 10:01pm Reply

  • bluegardenia: oooh. parti pris is calling my name. can’t wait to hear more about it. September 1, 2012 at 1:44am Reply

    • Victoria: That’s the one I most wanted to try too. September 1, 2012 at 8:08am Reply

  • Judith: A question Victoria : is this the same Terry that has her own line of make-up “By Terry” ? September 1, 2012 at 1:00pm Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, it’s the same one! I should have specified, since I know that her collection has a cult status. By any chance, do you know where it’s sold in Brussels? Actually, where, outside of Sephora and Ici Paris type stores, does one shop for make up here? September 1, 2012 at 1:04pm Reply

      • Judith: Unfortunately there are not that many options in Bxl for make-up. Senteurs d’Ailleurs opened a store next to its perfumerie for ‘haute’ makeup, I think it carries brand like Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, etc. There is a Make Up Forever store somewhere in the city center. I used to go to Antwerp to stock on Shue Uemura. If you’re don’t mind buying cosmetics on-line there is a site that I used to order a lot from: Le Club des Createurs de Beaute . The products are ‘ludique’.It seems that its Belgian sister is no longer operational but I’m pretty sure that you can have them delivered from France. Gallerie Inno has a sizable make up department too. The one in Ixelles stocks on Benefit and Stilla, I think. September 3, 2012 at 10:04pm Reply

        • Victoria: Thank you so much, Judith! I will be sure to explore those. Not that I need makeup right now, but just to know for the future. September 4, 2012 at 5:47am Reply

  • eminere: The bottle and cap are a little reminiscent of Laura Mercier’s. September 1, 2012 at 2:09pm Reply

    • Victoria: Hmm, I think you’re right. They have that same heavy glass bottle. September 2, 2012 at 11:24am Reply

  • Little Red: Parti Pris sounds like it’s right up my alley. September 1, 2012 at 11:24pm Reply

    • Victoria: Anything white floral ends up catching my eye too. 🙂 September 2, 2012 at 12:03pm Reply

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