Guerlain’s ‘holiday in a bottle’ – Terracotta Le Parfum – can now transport you year-round

Terracotta-lovers will surely thrill to the news that Thierry Wasser‘s sun-drenched creation – originally launched as a limited edition for 2014 – has been embraced into Guerlain‘s permanent perfume collection.

It absolutely conjures up, for us (and its countless fans) that ‘beach-y’ feeling of hot sand, warm sun and tropical flowers. Inspired by the legendary Terracotta Bronzing Powder – which has sun-kissed the complexions of supermodels and presidents (we’re told Bill Clinton‘s worn it!) – Terracotta Le Parfum opens with a fresh twist of bergamot, before the heart notes open their petals: exotic tiaré and ylang ylang. As you might expect from Guerlain, vanilla features in the base – that most delicious of notes, virtually a ‘signature’ for the fragance house.

We’re enjoying it now – but this is a fragrance which may well come into its own on a grey January day, when we can close our eyes and think of Madagascar, the Maldives, Monaco – and inject a little ray of sunshine into the gloom.

Guerlain Terracotta Le Parfum £47 for 30ml eau de toilette
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Written by Jo Fairley

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