Twilight by Laurent Le Guernec and Clement Gavarry for Sarah Jessica Parker 2009

Hey Fellow Fumies,

Ever get taken by surprise? Do you ever think you have a handle on perfume, pretty much know what you are going to smell when you read the notes, are already looking down your perfumista nose at a fragrance because you have pre judged it before spritzing? Well then you already know this story. I was out with TSO Jin just trolling the mall and we needed to go to TARGET of all places and OMFG they now have a PERFUME SECTION!! The SA Charlotte was excellent and had been dutifully sniffing her way through most of the stock. New perfumista alert!! Charlotte was loving it sick.

Photo Stolen trixiliniboutique

They have quite a range including some DIOR, GUCCI, D&G and YSL at prices about $20-$40 cheaper than the Department Store directly above them. Celebuscents are their main stock in trade though so we were trying some to see what is going on in the world of celebrity fragrance. OH GODS IN HEAVEN!! What have we done to deserve some of this liquid shit? Kate Moss is cool and I love that she is portrayed as this completely gorgeous drug pig and life wreck but have you smelt what she is selling as perfume? Feck Me Dead! There were some good surprises though. Well not HOLY GRAIL GOOD but not travesties either.

Dita Von Teeze is a lovely green spicy cheap and cheerful in a super great flaccon. I already own it. Lasting power is poor on me but at this price respritz.
Beyonce has one that hits my amber and musk bone nicely but has a slight chemical incident waft after a while.
Halle Berry has about 6 perfumes now, I love Halle (which Twilight is a little bit like) and its body lotion and think I might like Purple Orchid.

Photo Stolen biz.ratebe

Fragrantica gives these acccords:
Top: Bergamot, galbanum, mandarin, pink pepper
Heart: Peony, jasmine
Base: Amber, sandalwood, incense, musk

I had seen this matching 3 pack from SJP and been wondering about it. The noses, Laurent Le Guernec and Clement Gavarry, who created this also did SJP Lovely together and are responsible for quite a bit of my fragrance library separately. WOW! I was expecting a spiky green sizzling pepper citrus blast to open but it is a warm resinous amber and incense laden floral. There was so little sign of the pepper and citrus, just a wafting whisper keeping the rest afloat and interesting. It has good sillage, nice scent bubble, is distinctive, takes a journey, lasts a while and is generally good. Yes, you can tell its a mass produced fragrance, there are no artisanal touches or big fragrance surprises once you get over the shock of it being a very decent celebuscent and perfect for cool Autumn/Spring afternoons and nights. Today Twilight, and the other 2 in the set, was reduced to $20 for 75ml. So I bought the damn thing and I’m glad I did. I’ve even included the ad below for your enjoyment.

CheapSmells has Sarah Jessica Parkers Twilight $14/75ml

Moral: Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Funny how you have to keep being reminded of life’s most obvious lessons.
Wishing you the best of everything till we see you tomorrow.
Portia xx

12 thoughts on “Twilight by Laurent Le Guernec and Clement Gavarry for Sarah Jessica Parker 2009

  1. Very interesting! I do not believe we got this SJP trio in the US. And I would not have expected what you described from that bottle.


    • Pleasantly surprised and reached for it a couple of times since. Beautiful before bed, and CHEAP! Most of the online discounters have it in the US so I think you probably got it but ignored it in favour of the good stuff at the counters.
      Portia xx


  2. I love that you try the somewhat lower end scents. I like to try those just to see if I can find a winner for a discount price like you do.


    • Hey Poodle,
      It’s fun trying stuff in Department Stores and if the SA is reasonably knowledgeable or interested I can stay for hours chatting and spritzing. This could be a very expensive offering, I have paid a lot more for things not as solid,
      I’m glad we are cheapy scent twins! Do you have a new cheapy I should try?
      Portia xx


  3. I love that word….Celebuscent…did you coin it? So I loved your review of course! The big news here is that San Francisco is getting it’s very first Target on the 14th and I can’t wait to get in there and see what I can sniff up! Hugs!


  4. Did you try the other two, Dawn and Endless, as well? I liked Dawn, it’s very clean and warm, but I found Endless way too synthetic and harsh (though there are some apple notes that are quite nice at some point in the dry down).


  5. I don’t think these showed up in Canada either (but I’ve heard we are supposed to be getting Target, yay!) but like Poodle said, I love that you are all over the map. My lovely little inexpensive finds make my frugal heart all warm and fuzzy – I love a good deal!


    • I am SO with you. Bargain Betty Fragrances are the best. Good to get some in front of the newest perfumistas too who may be overwhelmed by the expensive stuff. This is like a gateway frag,
      Portia xx


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