I have a particular way of applying Guerlain’s L’Heure Bleue.
Much as I love this perfume, I don’t own a full bottle. Thanks to dee’s generosity, I have samples of vintage EDT and parfum, but they are not my main supply. For that, I did an odd thing. I bought an empty bottle that had once contained about 75 mls either L’HB or Mitsouko. Its label has been removed. I don’t know why, but label-less Guerlain bottles seem to be quite common on eBay. Of course if they are Baccarat crystal they are very expensive, but mine is just glass, with a plastic stopper.
I washed and dried it, and then poured in two 8 ml decants of L’Heure Bleue EDP. The bottle has an especially wide opening, and so with a couple of gurgles, all the perfume was in.
My method is to gently tip the bottle upside down to moisten the wide stopper. I then – lightly – apply a few dabs to wrists, cleavage and throat. I love the light pressure of the stopper on my skin. I love the way the scent uncurls out of the bottle. This slow ritual gives me time to think how old L’Heure Bleue is.
I think sometimes of the wars, the depressions, the empires that have cracked apart, all while women have cherished bottles of L’Heure Bleue on the their dressing tables. Mostly I wonder about the women themselves. I don’t see L’Heure Bleue women as assertive or highly vocal, more likely a little fragile, needy, given to introspection. But ultimately they are stylish, strong and wise. They may not be young; L’Heure Bleue is probably not the first perfume they have owned. But it could be the last.
Dabbing is an old fashioned way of applying perfume, but L’Heure Bleue, like many of the old Guerlains, rewards concentration. These days we tend to spritz and run, and certainly spray bottles are sensible. My L’HB gets a lot of skin contact so it may deteriorate fast. But I’m okay with that. The same would have been true for the woman who owned the bottle before me. I wonder who she was?
Do you have any perfume rituals? Observances? Superstitions?