Sous le Vent, created by Jacques Guerlain in 1933, is a hymn to the Leeward Islands (Îles Sous-le-Vent in French), greener than a dream. It has a vibrant yet noble heart of white flowers, bound for the occasion with carnation touched with a green note. To conclude, iris adds its sweet, powdery character, while forest floor notes blended with precious wood provide a soft, smooth finish.
Its bottle with generously rounded shapes was inspired by the laboratory flasks used by Guerlain Perfumers in the past. The stopper bears a black wax seal engraved with the double G of the House. A collector’s bottle for those in the know.
Distinguished, precious, intense.
Top notes: bergamot, lavender, tarragon.
Heart notes: carnation, green note, Tiare flower, orange blossom, ylang-ylang
Base notes: iris, vanilla, benzoin, forest floor notes.
This fragrance was kept secret for years, because it was custom-made by Jacques Guerlain to captivate the soul of a great lady of the stage: Josephine Baker. Every night, the “Black Angel” would return to her loge as the audience of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées applauded her and find refuge in the scent of Sous le Vent.