La Petite Robe Noire by Thierry Wasser for Guerlain 2012

Hello Fragrant Fume Family,

It’s no secret that I love house Guerlain. I enjoy their famous oldies, am constantly pleasantly surprised by many of their new releases and a few lately have had me gasping because they are so incredible. Somehow, though I love the movie that advertises today’s fragrance I thought I would hate it and that it was going to be basically a bad squeaky sugar dripping CelebuScent but at a higher price point.

It is my sister’s Birthday today so if you’re reading Jodie. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

La Petite Robe Noire by Guerlain 2011

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Sicilian lemon, almonds, anise
Heart: Roses, raspberry macaroons, licorice
Base: Vanilla, patchouli, smoked tea, musk

There has been some exciting goings on with La Petite Robe Noire by Guerlain. Originally small release, then a big release sequel and now a tweaked big release original. Guerlain light is how I want to describe what I smell on my skin. It is fruity, flirty and fun, smells expensive and modern but also pushes a few of my perfumista buttons. the opening is all the frightful fizzy sweet now frag but the almonds and anise give it a heft and warmth that is quite unexpected. Though it is a gourmand the raspberry macaroons and vanilla are only mildly bakery-ish, this is a slightly grown up, sophisticated version of what is a very mainstream acceptable fragrance. Thierry Wasser has walked a very fine line and while maintaining the integrity of the Guerlain history brings us, and the youth market that is moving on up from Bieber and Beyonce, something wholly wearable and wholly Guerlain, or should that read Holy Guerlain.

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Thomas at TheCandyPerfumeBoy notes that in this incarnation the rose steals the heart and I’m inclined to agree. A marvelous fruity and slightly spicy, honeyed rose that does a continued dance with the anise/licorice and the sugary, fruity macaroon. As the base comes through it is the vanilla and musk that really perform on my skin leaving a sweet laundry smell, more like the laundry liquid than the clean garments, over a vanilla. The patchouli must be washed clean because I barely notice it at all and very little smoke or tea. This could just be my skin and out weather here in Oz.

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About 3-6 hours on different days of real fragrance and a little too fragrant for work I think unless you are the boss or not in close contact. Excellent dress up or date night wear and surprisingly for something skewed so feminine it is ripper on TSO Jin.

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Do you ever believe something is going to be ghastly and then try it only to find out that it is lovely and wearable? You must have at least one story to share, please do in the comments below.

Till tomorrow. I’m off to have a cup of tea and a biscuit, really I feel I’ve earned it.
Loads of love,
Portia xx.

La Petite Robe Noire – GUERLAIN

7 comments on “La Petite Robe Noire by Thierry Wasser for Guerlain 2012

  1. Jordan River says:

    Guerlain Cherry. Very clever to appeal to the younger market (with the fruitiness) who can then discover the classics at a later date. Definitely beginners Guerlain. And a huge hit in Paris. Sure you will be too Portia.

  2. poodle says:

    This one smells a lot like Lolita Lempicka to me. A lot. That surprised me because I was expecting to really not like this and I thought it was good for what it is. I generally think I won’t like most perfumes before I sniff them. I set myself up for huge disappointment and then I am usually pleasantly surprised. If I go in with high expectations I’m almost always let down. This is sweet and fruity but it is well done, I think, compared to a lot of other things that are on the market. I don’t think the name fits the scent but other than that I have to say I kinda like it.

    • Good point Poodle, though if you remember your LBD days then maybe it makes more sense. It was the throw it on whatever that looked great all the time for me because I was young and uber thin and, frankly, a sack would have been lovely. Now I need more obscurification, a BIG black dress. Ha Ha.
      Portia x

      • poodle says:

        When you put it that way I guess the name does make sense. Oh, to have the hips of a 20 something again…

  3. Undina says:

    I have a story! 🙂 I didn’t think Bombay Bling would be anything remotely interesting (from thename and notes list) and now I’m in love withit.

    La Petite Robe Noire, on the other hand, smells much less interesting than I wanted it to: I liked the bottle and the name. Well, I can’t complain: money saved 😉

    • Hey Undina,
      I get what you mean about BB! Now I have a bottle, who knew?
      La Petite Robe Noir was less ghastly than I expected. It was a very pleasant surprise for me. Ha Ha. Maybe it’s all about our expectations? Ha
      Portia xx

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