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on 12/1/2013 8:07:00 AM
More reviews by zeynepd
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Red, Other, Other
This is a review for the 2009 reformulation. Liu is a smell alike for Chanels famous No.5 and the rumour goes that Jacques Guerlain concocted it after smelling Chanel No.5. on his wife. It is an aldehydic rose with a very strong resemblance to No.5. However, while I quite like recent formulations of Chanel No.5, I do not think Liu works that well on me. Its aldehydes are less sparkly, animalic edge slightly stronger and it has an amber note that turns too sweet, flat and tired on me. Also Liu loses its strength very quickly on my skin, leaving me with traces of sweet powder and some barely there animalic notes. I prefer Chanel No.5 to this.
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on 4/2/2010 4:46:00 PM
More reviews by crickett85
Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure
I love the top notes of Guerlain Liu, but that's because they remind me of my favorite fragrance, Chanel No. 5. Quite lovely aldehydic florals open up this scent.However; on drydown, this scent starts to remind me of that other famous Guerlain fragrance, Shalimar. And, while I've always liked Shalimar....I wouldn't wear it on the same day and for the same occasions that I would wear Chanel No. 5 to. For instance, Shalimar is a lovely spicy scent that I like for winter wear but would STILL only very lightly dab if I were going to the office.I would wear Chanel No. 5 to church but probably would not wear Shalimar to church.I would wear Chanel No. 5 with a floral gown but would not wear Shalimar with a floral gown and wide brimmed straw hat. It sould be so out of place.So, I'm quite flumoxed when My Chanel No. 5 ringer turns into Shalimar. Do I go home and change into something more exotic now?Liu was first launched by Guerlain in 1929. I am uncertain if this relaunch is true to the original scent or not as I've never really worn Lui.However; I prefer to keep my Chanel No. 5 separate from my Shalimar. As such, I probably will not be using Liu. And, Liu is quite pricey as well. I can't really give this less than 4 lippies because I do like both the opening notes and drydown on this. Just not in the same fragrance.More on Liu:Guerlain perfumes and colognes Floral Green fragrances Liu by GuerlainLiu by Guerlain is a floral green fragrance for women. Liu was launched in 1929. The nose behind this fragrance is Jacques Guerlain. Top notes are aldehydes, neroli and bergamot; middle notes are rosemary, jasmine and rose; base notes are iris, amber, vanilla and woodsy notes.
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on 4/2/2010 3:01:00 PM
More reviews by msm4slm
Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
Liu is a vintage Guerlain perfume, reintroduced as part of the upper-end boutique line, Les Parisiennes. I am reviewing a decant I purchased on ebay. This is not a bad scent; I reiterate it has a great similarity to No. 5, classically elegant aldehyde floral. However, with price taken into account (over $200), I would not repurchase. If I want this effect, good old No. 5 is the one for me!
on 6/22/2009 5:38:00 PM
More reviews by traes
Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Other, Other, Other
I so wanted to like this one. I have a thing for Guerlain and this sounded like it would be something I'd really like. But it smells like La Base on steroids. Much too candied floral to me. Just not my thing.
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on 2/26/2009 1:43:00 AM
More reviews by lvpoetess
Skin: Very Oily, Other, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
Liu is my favorite Guerlain fragrance - no surprise since I love Chanel no 5 so much! In its opening it is much like No. 5, with aldehydes and pretty jasmine. It is not at all musty. The drydown, which lasts for ages, smells like a typical classic Guerlain - vanilla, tonka, spice etc. This is actually my only problem with the fragrance - I don't feel the drydown matches the top notes very well. It is as though I have switched to a new fragrance. I find the drydown a bit cloying after awhile, and it starts to remind me a Shalimar, which I cannot wear. I do not need to own it, but I wish it were more readily available in case I change my mind later - the opening notes are so beautiful!
on 2/23/2009 11:09:00 AM
More reviews by Laurel15
Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Cool
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine
Liu from Guerlain. Intriguing name. Gorgeous packaging. Nasty olfactory surprise. Here's what I wrote in my notes as I was testing Liu: "aldehydes ...champaca ...baby powder/pampers ...dirty baby smell" ...and there the list ends, because I quickly ran to scrub it off.Normally, I try to be open minded about fragrances that I don't initially care for, letting them develop and allowing myself a chance to understand them. But this is the first fragrance that I can honestly say made me - literally - gag. It really, really did. Liu quickly develops into the sour odor of a neglected infant. Of all the perfumes I've have had the opportunity to sample, this one is hands down the most godawful. And that's all I have to say. Beware of Liu.
on 1/23/2009 11:15:00 PM
More reviews by truffle_me
Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Blond, Other, Other
Liu wears like Chanel no. 5's younger, happier sister with its sparkling aldehydic jasmine-flavored lemonade top notes, smooth floral heart, and cuddly musky vanillic dry down. Very proper and very appropriate; the kind of fragrance that would make a good sweet sixteen gift for a girl who follows the rules. Liu doesn't get knocked up in the back of a pickup truck; she's not even allowed to ride in it. She doesn't sneak out and do it anyway, either... she tells him he can have his promise ring back if he can't respect her parents' wishes.
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on 1/9/2009 9:47:00 AM
More reviews by condesadepitimini
Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm
Hair: Blond, Other, Fine
As others already commented I agree that Liu is the next of kin of Chanel n.5. Just deeper I guess. Very strong on the aldheides, a warm vanilla base in the classical Guerlain way, add a damascus rose and some resins in the drydown - all the way mix plenty of aldheides of course! Very classy, sophisticated. Needs a styled woman & cool weather to go well with.
on 11/13/2008 5:55:00 PM
More reviews by Angela1013
Actually got a sample of this at Saks! ooooh!!.and yes,This is very similar to the pure parfum of No. 5.I really can't say for sure if I like this more than No.5. as they are both an acquired taste imo. In Liu, the aldehydes seem more refined and there are no brassy soap notes like in No.5. Liu is alot easier on the nose and is very soft however, dosen't seem to last very long on my skin, it becomes very faint after about 20 minutes. Not sure if others can smell it, I know I can not.No.5 seems to last longer as it softens (pure parfum only) on my skin than Liu.It's way too expensive to have to keep reapplying. Although, the crystal bottle is a very beautiful collecter item.;)
on 8/11/2008 11:08:00 AM
More reviews by MizLiz211
The version of Liu that I am reviewing is the reissued Eau de Parfum currently available at Guerlain boutiques. It is similar to Chanel No. 5 in that it's also an aldehydic floral, but Liu has enough unique aspects of its own to recommend it. For one thing, it has the classic Guerlain base of vanilla and tonka bean. It also has a floral aspect quite similar to the cassie note in Frederic Malle Une Fleur de Cassie, but in Liu it's easier to wear. This is a lovely composition, and I'm glad that it's available again.
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