Karl Lagerfeld Sun Moon Stars: No Wonder KL prefers Apres L’Ondee


Rumour has it that Karl Lagerfeld wears Guerlain Apres L’Ondee as his preferred scent. I don’t blame him. He must have distanced himself considerably from his earlier efforts, (although KL Original Chloe remains an excellent budget tuberose for around ten pounds).


I remember smelling Sun,Moon, Stars in 1995 when a friend of mine had a bottle, not long after its  launch in 1994. At the time, I wore Chanel Cristalle but also had a bottle of original Monsoon, with its little faux woven  pointed cap. I thought Sun, Moon, Stars and Monsoon smelled vaguely similar and remember finding SMS quite agreeable.

I miss the discontinued Monsoon (current Monsoon/Accesorize scents are not in the same league) and recently bought myself a little of Sun, Moon, Stars, hoping for some 90s magic. I bought it, brought it home, and got that familiar thrill when you first take the cellophane off a fresh bottle (I love that frisson!)

But wait…what fresh hell is this? Shreiky ,loud synthetic pineapple, which never smells good in scent, followed by some sort of metallic mess. I drooped. I was crestfallen. I washed it off.

Original Monsoon (apparently made as Wild Lagoon by Coty) was a wonderful green marine perfume with a mossy, patchouli base. Sun. Moon, Stars seems to have lost a lot in translation  and/or has been reformulated beyond all recognition until they can barely justify using the same name.

Top notes are: pineapple, peaches, bergamot, freesia, roses and waterlily. What you actually get is loud, fake, factory farmed pineapple and some cheap tinned peaches.

Middle notes claim to  include carnation, heliotrope, orris root, lily of the valley and jasmine. It sounds very promising, not to mention ambitious for its price tag, but in fact I couldn’t pick out anything but the pineapple and peaches.

Basenotes claim to be sandalwood, amber, musk, vanilla and cedar, but by this time it was  a mushy fake fruit mess with metallic undertones.

It’s bad. It’s really bad. It’s too late for me, but save yourselves! Once again, I found myself logging onto to eBay and offloading it onto some poor sap with no nose. My apologies to the poor sap.

Update August 2017: Breathe out. it’s discontinued!


9 thoughts on “Karl Lagerfeld Sun Moon Stars: No Wonder KL prefers Apres L’Ondee”

  1. Dearest Iscent
    Oh my… who wouldn’t prefer Apres l’Ondee, or practically anything else, to this awful sounding scent!
    As for Elsan… oh my giddy scout master, too horrible for words.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  2. SMS smells different on different people. It blends wonderfully on me yet smells completely different on my sister-in-law. I’m allergic to most perfume. Sun Moon & Stars has been the only perfume I can wear in 3 decades. Now that it’s no longer on the market, I have yet to find anything that doesn’t start me sneezing for hours. Too bad.

    1. Hello Verta and welcome! You make a very good point- what smells bad to me may smell great on someone else and I do often find this is the case. I hope you find a good one soon! best wishes sam x

  3. I love sun moon and stars, I get great compliments from people telling me I smell lovely, I once worked in an office in France and all the girls there would tell me how great I smelled, and they were perfume snobs, (though they had never heard of it..)..definitely must be compatible with my skin…roll on Xmas as it’s on my list 🎅

    1. Hi Debbie and thanks for taking the trouble to comment. I always love to hear from people who like a perfume I don’t get on with. It just goes to prove that there’s no right or wrong in the perfume world. Wear what you like and like what you wear! And knickers to perfume snobs! I’m wearing a fragrance that cost six pounds today and I love it. xxx

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