A decadent cherry delight.
A gift for Valentine’s Day, La Petite Robe Noire is my first Guerlain fragrance, and none of their other perfumes have delighted my nose as much as this one. When I first spritzed it on the skin an unfamiliar note of black cherry was released, one which I found to be more pleasing on the nose compared to other fruit notes – it’s less of a fresh smell, and more of a sensual one. Berries and almonds follow closely behind, respectively adding hints of bounciness and sweet creaminess.
Following a truly delicious opening, rose and subtle liquorice combine with the ever-present cherry, resulting in a modern floral heart. I’ve seen some say that the liquorice is quite dominant, but for somebody who really doesn’t like it’s often harsh quality, I didn’t find it offensive at all. I think it complements the cherry and rose perfectly. Cherry and liquorice remain as the perfume reaches its conclusion, but black tea adds a further smoky sensuality to the scent’s impression that’s perfect if you’re wearing La Petite Robe Noire in the evening. I can also detect subtle nuances of tonka bean and vanilla in the base, whilst I’ve seen others also note aniseed and patchouli.
A review of this perfume cannot be written without noting its beautiful bottle. Guerlain’s classic elegance and heart-shaped bottle is captured perfectly in the design, which has a flirtier edge as a Parisian chic black dress features on a backdrop of dusky pink fading into black. However, despite this and the delightful fragrance inside it, I was left disappointed by how long this perfume lasted on the skin. As it’s a Guerlain fragrance I was expecting it to last for a really long time, but I find it almost undetectable after around 4 hours.
I’ve been reading a lot of reviews of La Petite Robe Noire, and it seems to have a lot of contrasting opinions. Some say that it lasts more than 8 hours on their skin, whilst I find it lasts half of this. Others have said that it’s incredibly strong, and whilst it is perhaps a little overwhelming when first applied, I think it very quickly settles and becomes a lot more subtle. Of course, perfume smells different on everybody, but I seem to have quite an opposing opinion to most. For me, it isn’t an overwhelmingly sweet and long-lasting fragrance, but an initially decadently rich and fruity one which quickly becomes subtly floral and delicately sweet, with an ever-present undertone of black cherry.
Decadent and elegant, this is a fine fragrance that’s contemporary, and a great first Guerlain fragrance. It’s beautiful to look at, and glorious to smell, but it’s certainly not as perfect as I first expected it to be.
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