When I received this sample of ‘See By Chloe’ in my Christmas hamper, I was really excited. In my mind, this was a fragrance I had heard quite a lot about. My memory told me that it was a classic. Looking it up now, I am surprised to see that it was only released in 2012. I think I may have gotten the fragrance and the fashion line mixed up. Maybe I have actually never heard anything about this particular scent before.
When I first saw the bottle that the perfume actually comes in, I was a little disappointed – thinking it rather plain but then I looked again and realised it was modeled on an antique bird cage, making it rather pretty. The See By Chloe clothing collection is supposed to be urban and trendy and so I imagined this was their aim with the perfume too.
My first impression on spraying this was that it is very floral and definitely not a perfume I would immediately gravitate towards. As it dries, it seems to get a little sweeter but to me, this is definitely a more mature perfume – despite the urban/trendy label.
The top notes are apple blossom and bergamot.
Its heart is made up of ylang-ylang and jasmine.
It dries down to a base of vanilla, sandalwood and musk.
Despite the base notes which are usually some of my favourites, this is not a perfume I would ever choose. It is quite strong (almost enough to cause a headache) and the floral notes are just too overpowering for my tastes. It manages to stay sophisticated and mature and I could definitely see it being a classic perfume for some people but this is so far out of my comfort zone. I wore it to work twice in order to test it out but on both occasions, just didn’t feel like myself.
While I won’t come out and say that it is disgusting (it isn’t), it is just entirely not my cup of tea. A 30ml bottle will set you back €49.50 in Debenhams.
What do you think? Are you into floral fragrances? Have you given this one a whiff?