Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum : Fragrance Review


Although I indulge in plenty of fantasies of spending summer by the sea, preferably a tiny fishing village where I would have nothing to do but read books and gaze onto the blue waves, every August I find myself in the city. With everyone rushing to the coast in search of their own summer fantasies and with airfares skyrocketing, I just create my own city vacation. I take long walks, experiment with my photography and just enjoy the strange calm of a European city during the summer break.


I turn to perfume to make my city summers feel more tropical. In principle, cologne is the most refreshing choice on a hot day, but I hardly ever reach for citrus in the summer–gloomy winter mornings are another story. Instead, my perfume wardrobe blooms with white flowers–Marc Jacobs for Her, Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage, Frédéric Malle Carnal Flower, Chanel Beige, and now, Terracotta Le Parfum.

Terracotta Le Parfum is a limited edition complementing the collection of makeup and body products, and it smells like a tropical blossom. Guerlain perfumer Thierry Wasser selected a blend of white flowers to convey its sultry, warm character–jasmine, ylang ylang, and frangipani (tiaré) and embellished them with coconut and musk.

You’d expect that with all of that white floral extravaganza, Terracotta would be as heavy as a fur coat, but instead, it’s radiant and vivid. Interspersed among its rich layers are citrusy and fresh notes, and there are plenty of them. The first impression when you put on Terracotta  is a big white blossom, but at the same time, it smells of wintergreen and lemon zest. A red hot flash of cinnamon plays upon the contrast, and while the perfume continues on its jasmine and frangipani garden path, the spicy and fresh nuances temper the heady notes.

Terracotta smells like a suntan lotion, but in a much more sophisticated interpretation. For all of its nuances, it’s not overly complicated–white florals, coconut, musk and vanilla. You can fill in the gaps with your own fantasies of warm sand, sunwarmed skin and sea breeze. If you like scents that are tropical but not too sweet (Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess or Nuxe Huile Prodigueuse), then Terracotta is a good choice. One spray is enough to last for the entire day, but not to overwhelm others.

While I love Terracotta and have been wearing it almost exclusively for the past month, I admit that it’s not a perfume masterpiece. The least interesting part is its lingering trail of spicy vanilla and musk, which I’d describe as too conventional. But this summer in the city calls for something fun and tropical, and so it fits the purpose perfectly.

Terracotta Le Parfum includes notes of bergamot, coconut, tiaré flower, orange blossom, jasmine, ylang ylang, vanilla and musk. 100 ml Eau de Toilette/$73.

Jessica of Now Smell This answered my question as to whether Terracotta was similar to Terracotta Voile d’Eté (1999), since both perfumes were inspired by the Terracotta beauty collection. Jessica finds that they are different: Voile d’Eté is much more of a spicy carnation and ylang ylang, while Terracotta is a coconut and musk enriched tropical flower.



  • Patricia: Sounds like a lovely summer fragrance, Victoria. Sometimes it’s nice just to put on something pretty and not too demanding, especially in the warmer weather.

    Sadly, this one seems to be sold out, at least in the USA, and as an LE not likely to be released again 🙁 August 4, 2014 at 7:28am Reply

    • Victoria: I have to mention that the After Sun Cream (essentially just a rich, moisturizing cream) is also excellent, so if you see a tester, I recommend trying it. It has a greener opening and less sweetness in the drydown. And it lasts and lasts.

      Hope that they will release it again. Guerlains tends to relaunch its limited editions if they do well. August 4, 2014 at 7:30am Reply

      • Patricia: Oh good! That sounds like a wonderful option.

        I recently bought the EL Bronze Goddess Whipped Body Creme and like it much more than the actual fragrance, so I’ll look for the Guerlain After Sun Cream in my local Bloomingdale’s. August 4, 2014 at 8:43am Reply

        • Victoria: I used to have EL Jasmine White Moss body cream and I loved it, but I noticed that the cream turned very quickly. Not sure if it was just my batch, but it started to smell rancid within 2 months. August 4, 2014 at 8:51am Reply

          • Tara C: I keep all my scented creams and lotions in the fridge and they last for years like that. Have you tried it? August 4, 2014 at 9:38am Reply

            • Victoria: The thing is that European fridges are too small, and I’m struggling just fitting the edibles in. 🙂 I have a tiny wine fridge for some of my precious vintage perfumes. And I agree, refrigerating lotions and creams works really well. August 4, 2014 at 9:50am Reply

              • rainboweyes: Yes, the fridges are much too small here. That’s why I have two of them and know many people who own even three. My body lotions and creams live in the fridge, too. Not my perfumes, though. I keep them in the powder room – the coolest room in our house, with almost equal temperature during summer and winter. August 4, 2014 at 1:23pm Reply

                • Hannah: Both of the families in Germany that I lived with in the past year had three refrigerators. August 4, 2014 at 1:44pm Reply

                • Victoria: If only we had more space, we’d buy another fridge, but for the time being it’s not feasible. It’s a good thing that we have several food stores within a block. August 4, 2014 at 5:15pm Reply

          • jillie: Mine just suddenly sort of evaporated, leaving behind a hard substance. Although I did have it for longer than 2 months ,… However, still love wearing the perfume! August 4, 2014 at 10:07am Reply

            • Victoria: I had that happen before. Very odd. August 4, 2014 at 5:04pm Reply

      • Nathan thomas: Ps. Just to mention that this was re-released again last month. Here in london they seem to be drop feeding it to stores in tiny volumes (Harrods only got 10 bottles) and some retailers have already sold out again so guessing they’ll play the same game elsewhere so I guess you’ll have to keep your eyes open if you want to catch it this time around ! April 2, 2015 at 9:15pm Reply

    • GREGORY LONGPHEE: You can still buy it in Canada. Check Guerlain Canada’s website, or alternatively, Shopper’s Drug Mart Fragrance. It should run you $110 CAD (About $80-85 U.S.) for 100 ml. August 13, 2023 at 5:54am Reply

  • sara: I wear big white florals in summer too! I will have to try Terracotta if I can find it. My faves to wear are La Haie Fleurie, 24 Faubourg, Parfums de Nicolai #1 and Le Labo Lys and Ylang . August 4, 2014 at 8:39am Reply

    • Victoria: I like all of those too, especially Number One by Nicolai. Terracotta is less heady, but it’s equally sunny and warm. August 4, 2014 at 8:43am Reply

    • jillie: Another fan of La Haie here! And mourning its passing ,… Think I will wear it tonight. August 4, 2014 at 9:31am Reply

  • Sandra: This is sold out here in the USA 🙁
    If it does come back on the market I hope they will announce.
    This summer I am wearing Eau de Cologne by Chanel, Bottega V Eau Legere, EDM by Heremes and dune by CD.
    Have a good week ahead! August 4, 2014 at 9:09am Reply

    • Victoria: Oh, no! I didn’t realize that it was sold out, since it’s still fairly easy to find around here.

      I also like Madonna’s Truth or Dare, which is like Fracas but lighter and less sweet. August 4, 2014 at 9:48am Reply

      • Sandra: All the department store here are sold out. They have been for a bit! I would like to be where you are -then I will be able to try it ! August 4, 2014 at 4:07pm Reply

        • Victoria: Well, that’s too bad! I hope they will release it again next year. August 4, 2014 at 5:19pm Reply

  • jillie: I am sure that your silent city walks will result in more beautiful photographs!

    Although I am a huge citrus lover when I am hot, I have to say that this summer I have finally discovered how white flower fragrances seem to bloom so wonderfully in the heat and humidity. My particular favourite at the moment is Jardins de Bagatelle which surprised me by not being overwhelming and remaining gorgeous for its not inconsiderable life-span on me! I feel in love with it now, which I have never been before. Perhaps my taste has changed? Or the weather is pitched perfect to bring out its beauty? Whatever. I am enjoying it. August 4, 2014 at 9:38am Reply

    • Victoria: Which Jardins de Bagatelle do you have, edt or edp? They seemed so different to me, but both have advantages. The EDT smells more jasmine like, and with a stronger orange blossom note. I wore it a couple of weeks ago, and it worked really well. Definitely not overwhelming in the reasonably warm weather. August 4, 2014 at 9:52am Reply

      • jillie: Both strengths, V, and I sometimes wear them both at the same time! They are not the current versions that come in the bee bottle (I think the formula has been changed), they are in the rectangular bottles. I would agree that the edt is quite jasminey and orange blossomy, whereas I can smell tuberose most strongly in the edp. I love the edp for its richness and the fact that I can still smell it, even after I’ve been baked for hours – I don’t have any other perfumes that would withstand that! August 4, 2014 at 10:03am Reply

        • Victoria: True, it lasts incredibly well, and on fabric, it can survive dry cleaning. But it’s still not that heady if you dose it properly. August 4, 2014 at 5:04pm Reply

    • OperaFan: Sometimes I feel like Jardins de Bagatelle gets lost among all the BWFs. It’s such a sparkling beauty, and I have the late ’90s version of edp.
      I also love La Haie (as you previously mentioned) and am glad I managed to snatch one of The last available bottles from LS.
      We’ve been having super humid weather in the NE US, so I think I’ll wear LHF tomorrow! August 4, 2014 at 10:10pm Reply

      • Isis: Nice to see more lovers of Jardins de Bagatelle. I only have a small decant but I’ve been surprised too by how it wears in the summer, its gorgeous! August 5, 2014 at 7:25am Reply

        • jillie: Isis, so glad you love JdB too! August 5, 2014 at 9:42am Reply

      • jillie: OperaFan – you and I both must have been grabbing the last bottles on either side of the Atlantic! August 5, 2014 at 9:41am Reply

  • Elisa: I’m glad you didn’t give this 4 or 5 stars, because I was starting to feel anxious every time someone mentioned this! Sounds lovely but I’m going to try to be zen about probably never getting to try it. August 4, 2014 at 9:41am Reply

    • Victoria: It’s good, but it may not be completely necessary, if you already have a big collection of white florals. Or even Guerlain’s Lys Soleia. They don’t smell identical, but their characters are similar. August 4, 2014 at 9:54am Reply

      • Elisa: I do have lots of white florals! I like Datura Noir as a coconut / suntan lotion floral for summer, and need to get more at some point. August 4, 2014 at 10:29am Reply

        • Victoria: Datura Noir is a good one too, but I keep forgetting about it for some reason. Parfums de Nicolai Juste Une Reve is another perfume similar to Terracotta in character. August 4, 2014 at 5:08pm Reply

  • george: I’ve just discovered that s perfume is now available in London for the first time (that I know) and I’m really excited that I am going to get to smell 100 percent love the next time I go to the west end. Having read so much love for Terracotta I wish that your review was making me feel a similar pull, but it’s not, and my excitement for the former is making the interest I would have in Terracotta seem very very small indeed. August 4, 2014 at 9:50am Reply

    • Victoria: Terracotta is really well-done, and I’m enjoying it very much for its radiant, sun-lit feel, but would I splurge on a full bottle and wear it one summer after another? No. It’s good, but not that amazing. Bronze Goddess, by contrast, is more interesting to wear. August 4, 2014 at 10:03am Reply

      • george: Have you tried musc de monoi yet? August 4, 2014 at 10:15am Reply

        • Victoria: Wearing it right now! It’s less monoi than musk, and it’s surprisingly fresh for something with so many heavy, rich notes in it. August 4, 2014 at 5:05pm Reply

          • george: I’m looking forward to trying it! It’s Eau de magnolia for me (for the first time). V admirable. August 4, 2014 at 5:51pm Reply

            • Victoria: And I would love to hear more of your thoughts on Eau de Magnolia. August 5, 2014 at 9:51pm Reply

              • george: I think I would need to do a side by side with a couple of other scents, but it basically struck me as a deeper richer version of Chanel Pour Monsieur with a magnolia accord laid on the top which made the opening more floral and the dry down more spicy and pollen-like; it had that additional floral realism of Lys M and others in the Malle range. Because it is so predictable via description and so between two pre-existing other styles of scent (classical floral and citrus chypres) I would have expected to pan it, but it smelled so good, I just can’t. Plus, there is something really intelligent about how Malle has arrived at this result. I saw a really bad play whilst wearing it and spent most of it with my face buried in my t-shirt. I don’t think I can even complain about the cost; but I would need to do a the side-by-sides for sure. CPM was on my to-by list, but it might have been edged off by this (and there is probably a case for both, which is also a reason for praise for EDM) It’s somewhere between four and five stars for me.
                I’m hoping there will be a MM review. August 6, 2014 at 5:15am Reply

                • Victoria: I also need to review Chanel Pour Monsieur.

                  Thank you for your detailed description, George. It’s interesting that you’ve also noticed that classical, “old world” chypre feel about Eau de Magnolia, although yes, Malle takes it in a new direction. August 6, 2014 at 10:13am Reply

  • Sylvia Long: Thank you for reviewing this! This is the one I’ve been year ing to try. Could you compare this to EL Bronze Goddess ? Is it more floral? Can’t find it anywhere here in US, and hoping ,with you all,Guerlain re releases it. I looked to find samples and only found Perfume Niche selling them. Anyone else know where samples can be bought? August 4, 2014 at 10:16am Reply

    • Victoria: It’s definitely more floral, and while Bronze Goddess has lots of amber and soft woods, you’d be hard pressed to find them in Terracotta. It’s creamier, milkier, sweeter.

      Perhaps, Surrender to Chance has samples? August 4, 2014 at 5:06pm Reply

  • Cornelia Blimber: Sounds interesting. Is it a kind of light Mahora?
    i am wearing Ysatis on these warm but not too hot days. It is so festive! August 4, 2014 at 10:56am Reply

    • Snowyowl: I will have to try Ysatis, I like the thought of a festive scent.
      To answer your question about Mahora vs. Terracotta, yes Terracotta has a much lighter feel.
      In range from lightest to deepest, of some of the beachy/white flowery ones mentioned in Guerlain house (in my opinion, open to other thoughts of course):
      1. Lys Soleia (lightest, air-iest)
      2. Cruel Gardenia
      2. Terracotta
      3. Jardins de Bagatelle
      4. Mahora (deepest feeling, a drop will last all day) August 4, 2014 at 4:28pm Reply

    • Victoria: Much lighter than Mahora, I agree with Snowyowl. Mahora is more of a tuberose perfume, while in Terracotta you have much softer white florals. August 4, 2014 at 5:09pm Reply

  • angeline: i really like terracotta, but i think it’s largely due to the fact that i’d been waiting years for it after guerlain released the cooling water & shimmery bronzey body oil duo with this scent. i was so frustrated there wasn’t a perfume version at that time – was it 2009 ?

    i used also to have the nuxe version – in fact, in the same pairing : non alcohol scented cooling spray for the beach & the huile prodigieuse or which was LE but now standard issue each year. loved it !! it’s the tiare scent that i love.

    bronze goddess has a sweeter closer scent that has a greasy note whereas terracotta has a larger voice. like them both a lot, although i see BG as more of an outdoors scent whereas terracotta can be easily worn indoors.

    when i’m truly truly hot though, i’ll prefer a “gin&tonic” or bitter zesty fragrance especially if wearing white : voyage d’hermès, juniper sling, angéliques sous la pluie.. other possible picks include : passage d’enfer, un jardin en méditeranée, après l’ondée, concentré d’orange verte… August 4, 2014 at 11:27am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for your comparisons, Angeline! They’re very helpful. Have you tried Terracotta body products that were released this summer too? I really liked the way they are scented.

      Frederic Malle’s Angéliques Sous La Pluie is something I wear in the humid, hot weather. Its peppery notes seem to cut through the heat even better than citruses. August 4, 2014 at 5:12pm Reply

  • CheninBlanc: I’ve also really enjoy white florals in summer. They make me think of calm summer nights sitting on a jasmine-covered patio in New Orleans. My favorite this summer is Ormonde Jayne’s Frangiapani. August 4, 2014 at 11:39am Reply

    • Victoria: This is a beautiful image and a fantasy I would not mind indulging. 🙂 August 4, 2014 at 5:12pm Reply

  • Hannah: I tried this in May. My dad and I went to Trier and I was feeling naked without perfume so when I saw Douglas I ran in. I saw this and I thought ”I’ve never seen this before” so I put it on.
    My impression was similar to yours. I thought it was nice but this isn’t my style, so I mostly forgot about it.

    This summer I’ve been wearing a lot of CDG 2, Oliver Durbano Turquoise, and Carthusia Capri. I’m mostly trying to use up my samples, but they’re nice summer fragrances. August 4, 2014 at 11:47am Reply

    • Victoria: There are plenty perfumes like this–they seem nice, but they don’t quite fit into the category “need a full bottle right away.” 🙂 August 4, 2014 at 5:13pm Reply

  • rainboweyes: I always envy people who are able to evoke the vacation feeling by applying tropical scents. Unfortunately I haven’t found any tropical floral that would fit me. I think that’s mainly because my scent preferences are so different from tropical – sober iris, earthy and green scents.
    That might actually be a good question for the next edition of “Recommend me a perfume” 🙂 August 4, 2014 at 1:31pm Reply

    • Victoria: Sounds like a perfect Recommend me a Perfume query, and a fun challenge to consider! August 4, 2014 at 5:15pm Reply

    • spe: Agree with this comment. The new Sisley l’eau tropicale has been one scent I’ve forced myself to use this Spring and Summer, just to add some variety because Sisley fragrances typically go well with my chemistry. Vanilla, musk, and coconut – in the summer heat – possibly away from any lake, ocean, or pool – I cannot do that. Not a fresh enough feel for my taste taste preference. August 4, 2014 at 7:59pm Reply

    • Terry: When I saw your comment about a different summer scent, because you like iris and green, I immediately thought of Ormonde Jayne, Isfarkand…it is very unusual and vibrant. A great choice for summer! It has iris and several green notes. August 6, 2014 at 2:46am Reply

  • key change: Thanks for reviewing this! Of course I am now itching to haul myself to the mall to see if they have it, although I wonder if it’s likewise sold out in Canada. I don’t as yet have a “beach perfume” aka one that smells of sun tan lotion in any way, although I am trying to persuade myself that as we’re solidly into August now, I can perhaps wait until next summer, and hopefully that isn’t just wishful thinking on my part. This summer I’ve been wearing Nerolia Bianca by Guerlain, which wasn’t supposed to be released again but was thankfully available. I also really like how you use a lot of citrus-laden perfume during the winter months for its uplifting effects–really drives the point home that no perfume has a universally pre-determined season. And I’d never heard about storing scented lotion in the fridge! it sounds like an excellent idea, though. August 4, 2014 at 2:11pm Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, they will last much better this way, and in the summer, it feels good to apply cool lotion to your legs.

      The beach fantasy perfumes range so much. Another one of my is Michael Kors Island, which smells like driftwood and musk. Unfortunately, it might have been discontinued. August 4, 2014 at 5:18pm Reply

  • stina: I’m always looking for another good summer fragrance, so will put this on my sample list (the Voile d’Eté sounds really intriguing as well, with the spicy carnation note).

    Chanel EdC and vintage No. 19 EdT are my usual summer standbys, with Russian Caravan Tea as a nice change from the colognes. And for a beachy vibe I like TDC Sel de Vétiver.

    I love Eau Sauvage, but it’s too rich to wear in hot weather; I stash it away with the heavy-duty orientals for cool-weather use.

    I picked up some L’Occitane Eau des Baux EdT recently, and oddly enough it’s great for summer – a very crisp and sheer cypress-cedar with a lovely (non-sweet) vanilla drydown. It doesn’t go muddy/cloying in heat and humidity, so I’ve been wearing it a lot lately.

    Looks like Surrender to Chance has both versions of Terracotta available, so I think it’s time for a sampling run! Thanks for the review! August 4, 2014 at 7:38pm Reply

    • Victoria: Someone mentioned Annick Goutal Songes earlier, and I think that it’s a beautiful choice for a white floral. But so is Un Matin d’Orage for something white floral and fresh.

      And you have such a fun selection of summer favorites! August 5, 2014 at 9:55pm Reply

  • Phyllis Iervello: I have been wearing Heeley Cocobello this summer…more money that I should have spent, but tried to justify it as an
    early birthday present to me. I have enjoyed but think it is overpriced. August 4, 2014 at 8:32pm Reply

    • Victoria: They are a bit overpriced, I think, but some are really pretty. I liked Cocobello too. August 5, 2014 at 9:56pm Reply

  • kaori: I observe some summer fragrances are very limited distributions. Every year I tried to test EL Bronze Goddess, their SAs said “Sold Out”. As I needed a bottle for summer, not heady, flowery and warm, I was finally able to get this!
    It has not a strong statement, just warm summer breeze 🙂

    It has been freaking hot here, 35-37 C, even around 28 C at night! August 4, 2014 at 9:58pm Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, it’s true. It’s not too strong, but it lasts, and it works well in the humid, hot weather. Hope that your summer will cool down a bit. 🙂 August 5, 2014 at 9:58pm Reply

  • Laura: Wow that means my smell is going? I can hardly feel Terracotta after one hour, unless applied profusely and over clothes too.

    It is missing something for me – either something spicy, like pepper carnation or chili (maybe layered over Passage D’Enfer would work?)

    Oooor it could have more coconut! I fell head over heels in love with Azuree Soleil when it came out and have been pining for it ever since. Bronze Goddess is such a cheap replacement with gardenia instead of the more lemony frangipani, no incense and very little sandalwood but the coconut note is done well (for me that means it’s not a gourmand note).

    Am watching Tom Ford’s releases like a hawk just in case he incorporates his original formula into a new fragrance. After all, Estee Lauder consultants claim he did not give them the entire formula of Azuree Soleil when their contract ended, and this is why Bronze Goddess is not what it should be … August 5, 2014 at 3:24am Reply

    • Victoria: Maybe, you’re getting used to it? Can others smell it on you? I have a couple of perfumes that I can’t smell after a while, but my husband says that he noticed them clearly. But of course, if you can’t smell your perfume, then it may not be the right one for you. Here is to hoping that Azuree Soleil will return in its original form. August 5, 2014 at 10:01pm Reply

  • iodine: Love the image of you walking in the quiet Northern European city, leaving a trail of tropical scent! 🙂
    Milan yesterday was at its best- pleasantly sunny, clear sky (it’s been the wettest July in history, unusually cool), few people around but not deserted… Perfumewise, I’m looking for a reconstruction of a moment of bliss I had during my holiday in Kefalonia: the jasmine bush I fondly greeted every morning while heading to a small bakery for breakfast- they had wonderful brioches and pastries loaded with cinnamon. I think I found a good approximation in TDC Jasmin de Nuit! August 5, 2014 at 4:20am Reply

    • Victoria: Your holiday does sound blissful! I can just imagine the scents of jasmine, cinnamon pastries and coffee… Heaven! August 5, 2014 at 10:01pm Reply

  • Isis: I love the comparisons between this and PdN Number One, and Bronze Goddess, and Just IUne Reve, it’s always interesting to see how people perceive these perfumes compared to each otherl. I’d love to find a good tropical scent for the summer with big flowers, maybe some frangipane, and coconut. I liked Just Une Reve and number one but not enough to want a full bottle. Now I’m thinking about Songes and Gardenia Passion (they could be too suffocating, but maybe they’d by perfect right?). I’ve never tried Bronze Goddess, it sounds perfect. August 5, 2014 at 7:33am Reply

    • Victoria: Songes and Gardenia Passion also work really well in the summer, but in small doses, since they verge on heady for me. In fact, I will wear Gardenia Passion tomorrow, since I just remembered that I neglected it for too long. Thank you for a nudge. 🙂 August 5, 2014 at 10:03pm Reply

  • Mer: Victoria, I was looking around to test this in Leuven (Ici Paris, Inno, Planet Parfum…), since I really like Bronze Goddess (my friends still laugh about that one, suits me to a T ;)), and it sounds like I might enjoy this as well.

    It was nowhere to be found, and one SA even told me I should go to the Guerlain boutique, in Paris, no less! I had to laugh. Oh well.

    Is it easier to find in Brussels? since I work here now that’d work.

    Thanks! August 12, 2014 at 12:11pm Reply

    • Victoria: You know, I realized that I haven’t looked for it in Brussels. Since I spent a part of my summer in Paris, that’s where I got it. Brussels can be unpredictable when it comes to Guerlain, since I don’t believe that there is a stand-alone boutique here. August 12, 2014 at 1:14pm Reply

      • Mer: No, I don’t think so, either. Oh well 🙂 August 13, 2014 at 3:52am Reply

        • Victoria: If I spot it anywhere here, I will let you know! August 13, 2014 at 11:15am Reply

  • Mer: Thank you, Victoria! I subscribed to notifications but I didn’t get any, I just saw your comment because I visited the review again. Notifications from your blog tend to be a little irregular, it may just be my gmail filtering them.

    Here’s to hope the fragrance is a success (seems so!) and is more widely available next year. I also hope my funds will be more available 😀 August 20, 2014 at 4:04am Reply

    • Victoria: Do make sure that you confirm that subscription, because if not, they will be automatically deleted. Also, after 30 days, the notifications are turned off (to save on the amount of data I have to store). I don’t think that it’s the case with you, since I see the subscription is active and recent. The issue might be with the individual providers, fire walls, etc., and all of it is out of my control. I checked, and everything seems fine on my end. August 20, 2014 at 5:49am Reply

  • Mer: There are just too many factors to control! I’m just concerned about seeming impolite if I don’t answer a reply 😀 August 21, 2014 at 1:42pm Reply

    • Victoria: You’re the last person I’d think of as impolite! 🙂 August 21, 2014 at 2:48pm Reply

      • Mer: Thanks, but for better or worse, I think in person I tend to come across otherwise 😀 August 26, 2014 at 7:43am Reply

  • Mer: And sorry about replying to the main thread, it seems impossible to reply to a reply from my phone’s browser 🙁 August 21, 2014 at 1:43pm Reply

  • Rose Marie: I am very disappointed. I wanted to like this so much, but it is very strong and has given me a massive headache. Too much tiare and the jsasmine is overwhelming.. Sorry, Guerlain, this is a pass for me! June 8, 2015 at 5:43pm Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, it’s mainly for white floral lovers. Tropical perfumes are usually based on those heady notes. June 9, 2015 at 9:19am Reply

  • Wendy: Last summer I missed out on both this and the Bronze Goddess. But this year I made sure I got my EL around Easter, and today I finally got to try, and buy a bottle of Terracotta! I’m very much a summer beach girl, so both of these suit me to a tee.

    By the way, I saw the current Costume Institute exibit on Chinese inspired fashions at the Met (wearing a lobster print summer dress and my new Terracotta). It is so well done and inspiring! Highly recommended. June 15, 2015 at 11:22pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, Wendy! I’m curious about this exhibit, and I so want to see it. June 16, 2015 at 9:39am Reply

  • Wonderlamb: Hi Victoria,

    I really like reading your reviews. I like Terracotta except that I feel like it is missing something. I thought I’d layer it on top of a lemoncello body lotion even though I am not a big fan of scented body lotions. I’d like to hear your thoughts about it.

    Thank you! November 15, 2015 at 1:07am Reply

    • Victoria: Do you want more citrus or more sweetness? You can definitely try layering, especially if you feel that Terracotta is missing some body. November 19, 2015 at 2:13pm Reply

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