I have a small (50 ml) bottle of La Petite Robe Noire in my wardrobe and I don’t know where it came from. I mean, I know I probably bought it somewhere, surely when it first came out, but I have been jotting my memory and I really cannot remember anything. And the scent has languished in the back of my neglected bottles, so it must not have mad a strong impression with me when I first got it. So today, on Black Saturday, I might as well write about Guerlain’s olfactory version of the little black dress.
The main thing I smell here is cherry – cherry, cherry, and more cherry. That is the first burst I get, along with something a little boozy. I know it develops to something woodsy after – maybe the generic amber and clean patchouli, but still the cherry lingers. And then it’s gone. This is one of those fragrances that my skin just eats up. Here I am around three hours after I spritz it, and I cannot smell anything at all. Maybe that’s why it didn’t make any impression on me the first time ’round?
But I guess more than anything, I was disappointed because this was Guerlain, after all. They made Mitsouko. They made Apres L’ondee. I know that with this release they are trying to reach the younger generation but to me, as a perfume, it is so dumbed down. But then maybe the joke is on me – this is proven to be a world wide best seller. It just seems like a missed opportunity for me – the concept is ripe for greatness. I just think, in my mind, what Chanel would have done with the same idea. But then again….