Scent Saturday: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire

Scent Saturday: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir

This was another sample perfume I received for Christmas – with a very obvious translation as The Little Black Dress. To me, a name like that strikes up an image of a classic fragrance that will suit everybody,  all tastes and all occasions. A little research has taught me that this was originally released as a limited edition fragrance, brought back reincarnated as La Petite Robe Noire 2, before finally becoming a permanent product. Nothing very classic or defying the test of time there then.

Scent Saturday: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire

If you were to purchase the fragrance itself, you will find it in a glass bottle like this. While the topper oozes elegance, the illustration on the bottle screams childish to me and takes away from the expensive look of the perfume. But hey, don’t judge a perfume by its bottle, eh?

For me, the scent is very sweet and immediately fruity. The most overpowering note is definitely cherry. It smells like one of those yogurts with the cherries on the side. While they’re undeniably tasty, whether or not I want to smell like one is quite another story.

It is no surprise then to learn that the top notes are; sour cherry, bergamot, red berries and almonds.
The heart is made up of; liquorice, taif rose, tea and rose.
The base dries down to; iris, patchouli, vanilla, tonka bean and anise.

While liquorice and anis are some of my favourite scents ever, I can only get the faintest whiff of them and while I can detect them, they are caught up in such a sweet medley that they are a little lost.

According to Guerlain, the scent is inspired by the elegance and eternity of the LBD and exudes Parisian chic and gracefulness. I have to disagree. There is little elegant or chic about it. It is just too sweet. While we’re not bordering into tween pop-star fronted perfumes just yet, this pretty much sits on the border. It is definitely too sweet for my tastes but if you are a huge fan of cherry this may be for you.

This is also on the more expensive side with a 30ml bottle costing €60, a 50ml setting you back €84 and a 100ml reaching €120! This is available at Debenhams and The Perfume Shop.

What do you think? Does this sound like your kind of thing? Do you really like cherries that much?


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