Hello all you lovely APJ family.
I owe a huge thanks to Sam from I Scent You a Day. Had I not found her blog and lurked around for a while, I’d have never dusted off my mum’s perfume collection and found a few Avon gems. Sam is a huge Avon fan and her enthusiasm caused me to see what all the fuss was about. I hadn’t bothered with Avon since I was a tween. Bad quality and poor longevity put me off.
Deciding I liked Little Black Dress (LBD) after trying what sat on mum’s bureau, I ordered a bottle on sale. My version is the latest one with the black sticker on the back and the fully black cap, while mum’s is an original from the year of its release with the transparent glass body and a half black cap. Interestingly, I prefer my bottle. I will stand by my view that Avon scents trail off after 30 min to one hour, but in the case of LBD, the scent is what makes it worth buying. At the price it generally goes for, even online, I am happy to keep reapplying. Avon’s rollerball version is perfect for my handbag or travel. And it comes with body products! Win!
Little Black Dress by Avon 2001
Little Black Dress by Barbara Zoebelein
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Cyclamen, coriander, African ginger, apricot blossom, honeysuckle
Heart: Gardenia, ylang-ylang, pink peony, jasmine, datura
Base: Sandalwood, tonka bean, musk, Japanese plum, woody notes
Little Black Dress is a white floral, but it isn’t a fresh bouquet just cut, releasing a striking green, nor the dreaded neroli/orange blossom. It is a creamy gardenia and tuberose combo with a saltiness tinge to it. The notes listed on Fragrantica suggest a deeper tone caused by plum, sandalwood and coriander, but I do not get any of these individually. Perhaps they are what give the white florals that thicker body with the sparkle of mild spice.
There is almost an innocence to it that makes me scratch my head at the name Little Black Dress. The scent does not project enough to announce one’s presence and it does not seek male attention. It is the sort of perfume I wear at home when I am relaxed, and wearing comfortable clothes. LBD is way too casual a scent to wear to a party or an event warranting wearing a little black dress.
Little Black Dress comes off a little matronly to some reviewers on Fragrantica, but I think it is a marvellous change from all the fruchoulis on the mainstream market, and it by no means in the league of the aldehydic golden oldies of mid last century. LBD does smack of being a little dated, but that is what adds to its charm. I know no one at my local shopping centre will be wearing it. I certainly own nothing like it in my collection.
Do you own any Avon scents?
Have you ever been a fan of any? If not, but you are curious, I suggest a look at I Scent You a Day. Sam is pretty convincing in extolling Avon’s virtues.
Til next time, K xx