Le Bolshoï Black Swan 2014

Le Bolshoï Black Swan by Guerlain
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Le Bolshoï Black Swan is a popular limited perfume by Guerlain for women and was released in 2014. The scent is floral-citrusy. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation Limited Edition
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Fragrance Notes

LemonLemon VioletViolet White muskWhite musk Mandarin orangeMandarin orange CedarCedar JasmineJasmine Lily of the valleyLily of the valley MilkMilk RoseRose SandalwoodSandalwood VanillaVanilla BergamotBergamot


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Submitted by Michael, last update on 02.09.2023.
Interesting Facts
This scent is exclusively available in Moscow.


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Top Review 20  
Fluffy swan chick short commentary
In Black Swan, one of Guerlain's highly exclusive teuerchen, I perceive a lily of the valley note as a thread running through the fragrance, which is initially accompanied by wonderfully refreshing citrus notes. This is something creamy, even gourmandig acting, possibly plays here already the sandalwood base with in, but in total yet immensely vitalizing.
Here I think less of black or even white swans, but perhaps rather of the small sweet playful swan chicks, which are neither white nor black and quite fluffy, and which romp behind their swan mama through the water.

After about ten minutes, these citrus notes fade away far too soon, leaving the lily of the valley note, which is then piggybacked by a giant swan chick caricature called musk fluff.

That's about it, not much else happens - except that at some point along the way the lily of the valley gets lost and every now and then some sweetly creamy sandelnille shyly peeks out from its hiding place.

This fluffy musky monster seems to be Monsieur Wasser's favorite animal, as it can be found in many of his fragrances: Cologne du Parfumeur, various recent Aqua Allegorias, ...
I could turn the critter around the throat!
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What's a black swan? - For me
For weeks, or months I read statements and comments on this fragrance.
I very rarely compare fragrances, consider each for itself, including this.
I read here:
Missed the point...
This swan is not black, it's white...
Too nice for dark sprinklers...
Meaningless floral scent...
That may be true, for each individual tester..
But missing the point?
What is black swan, and what is it to me?

In mythology, a black swan symbolizes mischief, impurity, the dark, in fact.
But why? - Because of fear, ignorance, fear of people in the past.
There are indeed black swans, the mourning swans,
but only their plumage is black, they are not unclean, they bring no harm.
There are also white swans, they are born with dark feathers, but when they grow up,
their feathers are white as snow.
They are just as pure and proud as other swans.
And that's what the 'Black Swan' symbolizes to me.
It shines with mesmerizing beauty for me.

The swan makes its way across the lake in perfect tranquility....
Silence surrounds him...
At the moment when I carry him,
the fresh citrus-milk note at the beginning
a cold Russian winter...
the lake is almost frozen over,
everything is covered in snow,
gently and quietly snowflakes trickle down on the swan...
Deepest winter....beautiful.
But the cold does not disturb the swan,
for he spreads a warmth of his own with his soft powderiness,
that melts the ice beneath him.
Gentle woodiness of the frost-covered trees around him.
A hint of blooming flowers in spring is in the air.

For me, this ugly duckling
has become a beautiful white swan
in a scenery, like in a fairy tale, which enchants.
One of the most beautiful fragrances I own,
and am proud to have him.
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Black Swan or white?
Bright, friendly, dreamlike scent cloud.
Light and delicate like the flutter of a butterfly

A sprayer, I can't smell anything A cloud of scent is already forming and unfolding, like foam from a can.

It is a wonderful soft and creamy mild lemon sweetness, the lemon smell that is created when a lemon peel is grated without fruit acid.

I think of the little red lollipops that existed years ago, cost 2 pfennigs, and had a light-green stole.
Such a lollipop dipped in a vanilla cream pudding, some lemon peel on top and a little Bebe cream.
That's what I think of the smell.

The scent is as soft and light as when butterfly wings touch the skin.
Wonderful, a dream cloud, bright, he has nothing that I can assign to the word Black.

Black Swan is very reminiscent of Une ville, un parfum Moscow
The Black Swan is perhaps a little sweeter Moscow is a little heavier for that.

Moscow, the big sister
Black Swan the little
Prima Ballerina also belongs to this family

After about 2.5 - 3 hours the similarity to Moscow becomes even clearer.
This mild, creamy, very delicate lemon note and the warm, soft vanilla.

Yes the three are related, Une ville un parfum Moscow, Black Swan and Prima Ballerina Close your eyes, grab one of them and scent yourself, there's nothing wrong with that.

Black Swan
light fine noble
soft-creamy mild-lemony reserved-sweetish
dreamlike wöckchen scent
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Santal a la Guerlain
A brilliant interpretation of santalwood note in the only that only Guerlain can do it and I'm writing this thinking at Samsara.
My expectations were around a perfume full of drama with something black inside but , instead , a splendid creamy soft santal with a comforting vibe. One of the best santalwood releases in my opinion
Good longevity , great silage
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