Post by CyndiH
Hello Fellow Fragrance Friends!
Today I just have to dish about a decadent love affair I am having. I cannot get enough of this sultry little minx. She is a Parisian – sexy in an awe-inspiring, effortless way I could only dream of achieving in real life. She is chic and stylish: she wears a Chanel jacket with Levi’s jeans and makes it look movie-star cool. She is slightly dangerous, fun and romantic – like screaming down the Autobahn on a Moto Guzzi at night with a very handsome date that you get to squeeze very tightly … Her name is
La Petite Robe Noire by Thierry Wasser for Guerlain 2012
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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Black cherry, bergamot, red berries, almond
Heart: Bulgarian rose, Turkish rose, licorice, smoked black tea
Base: Aniseed, tonka bean, vanilla, iris, patchouli
When I first sprayed La Petite Robe Noire EdP, I thought, “Oh wow, this is TOO much.” I had a wave of panic that it was more than I bargained for. But I resisted the urge to wash it off, surrendered and let her take me where she wanted to. The first spray of this dark beauty borders on the obscene. It is a cacophony of dark fruit saturated in tonka bean, smoke, black licorice, anise, refined black tea, vanilla and Patchouli. It’s thrilling – like that breathless, intoxicating feeling of waiting for that first kiss with someone you are so into, that you just KNOW is going to happen at some point in the evening. It’s not all heavy though – part of the thrill is there is also an effervescent frilliness in the top notes of bergamot and sparkling berries that swirl around like a black lace crinoline under a tango dancer’s fuchsia skirt, blended expertly into the deep notes so that no seams show whatsoever.
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After a few minutes La Petite Robe Noire EdP calms down, but simmers with the same unabashedly sexy concoction of dark fruit and gourmand notes, with a dark ripe rose coming into the scenario. But only slightly – I would not call this a ‘rose dominant’ fragrance. And while it is certainly sexy, it is not bawdy or garish. It is extremely smooth, balanced and deep. This is posh, upscale, 5-star-hotel, crystal chandelier sexy. This is definitely black dress material, but no polyester here sister: La Petite Robe Noire EdP is silk chiffon, taffeta, lace, pearls, and diamonds all the way. It is a complex, plush fragrance – I have only worn it in summer but can imagine how beautiful these black velvety notes would be against the crystalline cold of winter.
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I get easily 6-8 hours out of La Petite Robe Noire EdP, but traces of it linger even after that. I would wear this fragrance everywhere – from a black tie affair or cocktail hour where I am actually wearing a little black dress, to a work seminar (which I did and inspired me to wear a black, ruffled, bow-tied, Napoleon-sleeved blouse instead of a stuffy suit jacket and I got rave reviews), to the most casual of daily activities – any occasion where you want to feel opulently sexy and pretty.
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Have you tried La Petite Robe Noire EdP yet? What are your thoughts?
Until next time, when I dish about my next love affair!
La Petite Robe Noire – GUERLAIN