Guerlain’s Tonka Imperiale (2010)

Guerlain Tonka Imperiale
© Victor Wong

Crème Brûlée Perfume

When I first visited the Toronto Guerlain flagship store, I was overwhelmed by the number of perfumes available and the sales lady who orbited around me within two foot radius. I haphazardly picked up a bottle, which turned out to be the famous Tonka Imperiale, sniffed, and thought it was wonderful! I would buy it! And so I did. I also got a lot of samples from that line to evaluate at home.

Tonka Imperiale, which smells like delicious crème brûlée vapour, is definitely a pleasure to wear. But the perfume, just like a little cup of crème brûlée that is never enough, turns into almost a skin scent in an hour. When I reach the office, I don’t think my coworkers can smell it. There is little notes development. And would you eat the same dessert everyday? It’s hard for me to make it a signature scent. (And I don’t have a signature scent.)


Author: Victor Wong

A perfume lover - niche, designer, modern, vintage, I love them all. I am also the owner of Zoologist Perfumes, a small Canadian perfume house. Please visit or for more info!

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