The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Vintage Samsara by Guerlain

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samsaraWHAT I SMELL:  Samsara contains a lovely thickened and slightly sweet creaminess which to me becomes cravable.   Yummy!   Fragrantica lists the top notes as bergamot, lemon, ylang-ylang and peach.  They exist, but only for a few seconds.  Samsara quickly moves into the lovely stage where the subtle florals are seamlessly entwined in a way that makes it hard to distinguish between the notes.  It’s warm and intoxicating.  If I didn’t know this was a classic fragrance, I would say that it is.  After a bit, a woodiness arrives with almost what I would call a hint of a hair spray smell, but it doesn’t detract nor is it noticeable unless you’re really trying to sniff it out.  Samsara finally warms to a wonderful sandalwood where it becomes incredibly calming with just a lightly spiced floral.  It doesn’t take long for Samsara to reach it’s destination, but all roads lead to loveliness!

Samsara Notes (from Fragrantica):

The top notes are juicy and fresh: bergamot, lemon, ylang-ylang, peach and green notes. The heart is blooming in opulent flowers: elegant jasmine, cold woodsy iris, luscious narcissus, violet and delicate rose. The base is composed of sandal wood, vanilla, Tonka bean, amber, and musk

scarfWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A luxurious and exotic scarf.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE SAMSARA:  smooth, elegant, timeless

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SAMSARA: Bois de Jasmin, Perfume Shrine, Yesterday’s Perfumes

BOTTOM LINE:  I picked this beauty up on eBay and managed to get a great deal on an unopened bottle at a great price.  I have no regrets and I have the feeling when this small bottle is emptied, a larger one will be on my list of “to buys”.

  • Bone Rating: 5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Oriental Woody
  • Classification: Leans feminine
  • Expense: Varies.  Review based on vintage EdP.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

19 thoughts on “Vintage Samsara by Guerlain

  1. 5 OUT OF 5! Impressive and sounds like a must try for me! I don’t want to assume so I will ask – did you buy vintage?

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    • Yes m’aam. Thankfully, you can buy some small bottles on eBay for not a lot of money. There seems to be plenty of offers. I got a 7.5ml unopened vintage bottle for $11 bucks. Even if it didn’t work for me that wouldn’t break the bank.

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  2. Reading your review, I am completely sure when I say I’ve never tried it. 🙂 It certainly sounds lovely.
    I have tried the Samsara flankers though, Un Air and Shine and enjoy wearing both.

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  3. That’s an impressive rating! And I’m glad you found another perfume that works great for you.

    I’ve never tried vintage Samsara but I like the current one (in both EdT and extrait versions). Not sure if you’ve seen my last year’s Déjà vu post. If you tried any of the other two perfumes I used for comparison I’d be curious to know what you think – is there any similarity for your nose or do you perceive them completely differently?

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  4. It gives me great glee to see the extent to which you’ve fallen down the vintage rabbit-hole. GREAT glee! With every additional review for a vintage fragrance, I just grin even more to myself. I can safely say, now, “Mission accomplished!” 😛 😉 xoxox

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    • Down the rabbit hole fast. I have been an eBay hound as of late. You’ll hear more about some of my other finds soon. For the most part I have been very happy with my new purchase 🙂 Part of me wants to thank you. The other part wants to give you a kick in the pants as my wallet keeps draining! xoxoxox Steve

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  5. I have been flirting with Samsara for ages…now I have to have it. I really enjoyed reading your take on it.

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  8. I’ve heard that the vintage Samsara is very nice sandalwood fragrance. The new version is far from the original. I’m so happy for you to have found this bottle.

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  9. i”ve started wearing vintage from the time it came out.When i started having trouble finding it in late ninetys i quit wearing it.I tried the new it is definantly not in the same relm,I now find myself craving that vintage smells.Men and women alike have followed me and ask what i was wearing;and when a gentlmen ran me down in the mall and said”u r wearing SAMSARA,r u not? Why yes i replied, he then told me it was the sexiest smell he had ever come to know,also the most expensinve, I said if u shop u can find reasonably, he said “u don’t understand, it as my xwifes signature sent” I can;t help but smile when i wear it.

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