Monday, October 15, 2012

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir

Guerlain's much anticipated new fragrance La Petite Robe Noire (little black dress) launched several months back at Sephora amidst much excitement and speculation. Described as "daring" and "unexpected" at times, La Petite Robe Noire is also classed as "classic" and "absolutely essential." The fragrance seems born of paradox—a --> quality that is sure to make the perfume unusual. In what seems to be a quest to test and fall in love with as many exquisite perfumes as possible, I was thrilled when Sephora recently offered a code to obtain a deluxe sample of the fragrance.

Despite the young air surrounding the perfume, Guerlain has reinterpreted the heart shaped bottle in a nod to renowned, vintage fragrances that have made la maison famous. The bottle is at once edgy and unmistakably classic, much like the perfume it contains.


La Petite Robe Noire is a complex fragrance with a personality all its own. The first unmistakable note is black cherry, a fragrance that wears on my skin even as the mid and end notes emerge. As the perfume develops black cherry eases into rose which proves an unexpected yet seamless transition. La Petite Robe Noire's end note is resplendent with licorice. Other scents attributed to the perfume include macaron, Sicilian lemon, almond, smoked tea, patchouli, musk, vanilla, and berries. If one thing is certain, it's that Guerlain's newest creation is anything but simple.

To give you an idea of how the perfume wears on others, Sephora provides this witty and clever description of the fragrance:
"Its simple signature enhances and romances several exceptional materials in a bold overdose—black cherry blinks the first wink. It is illustrated by a clever blend that extends exquisite almond and delicious berries. The second wink takes place as rose enters the stage. Finally, the shadowy temptations of licorice and smoky black tea are ever-so-revealing and lead to irresistible seduction. For the ultimate temptation, the entire creation is wrapped in Guerlinade—fresh, enigmatic, and exhilarating, mischievous and captivating."
I applaud the complexity and revolutionary nature of Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire, but alas the fragrance just isn't for me. Perhaps the black cherry top note is just too much for my palette, perhaps I gravitate toward fragrances of a more classic nature ... whatever the cause may be this perfume is stunning and unique, but not something I'll purchase.

Have you tried Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire? What were your thoughts?

Wondering what "Guerlinade" is exactly? Though one might sum up the term as the "umami" of perfume, I recommend reading this comprehensive explanation.