Is it just me or do we seem to be on roll here on the Posse lately with “pretty” fragrances? Perhaps it’s our collective longing for spring to really and truly arrive, or simply that those type of scents have been cropping up of late as new releases. Well, I’ll add my two cents, for what it’s worth, although this fragrance is not brand-new (released in 2012). A sample of Robert Piguet’s Mademoiselle Piguet recently crossed my path; it’s one of the line’s five newer scents called Nouvelle Collection.
Actually, I had sniffed MP on a card a while back in Neiman Marcus (I was out of skin real estate by the time I saw it, of course) and thought, “Hmmm … OK. I’ll try it if I trip over it, but not going out of my way to get any.” And there was a little something, almost synthetic, perhaps, about it that bugged me a bit. But since it was just on paper, I let it go.
Now I’m not terribly familiar with the Piguet fragrances. Madame Fracas I know, and she does not like me so well (apologies to all you fans), so I tend to give her a wide berth. Bandit scares me half to death, so no way am I going there. But I enjoy Baghari and Visa and now am curious to try several others in the line.
Anyway, as I was saying, I did spray this the other day as I can’t resist orange blossom in anything. Mademoiselle Piguet was quite nice on my skin, bergamot and orange blossom making pretty at the start, but easing later into some milky warmth, courtesy of the tonka. No hint of citrusy tang here; the OB is sweetened and smooth, almost candied. And that little something I mentioned above bothered me for a moment and then it was gone. Speaking of gone, I do have to give this scent props for staying power. I gave it a single spritz before 5 p.m. and could still sniff a trace of it at 7 the next morning. On my skin it has light to moderate sillage.
Mademoiselle Piguet isn’t going to knock any orange blossom favorites out of rotation at my house, but it has a sweet, romantic, uncomplicated vibe that’s pleasing. I really didn’t expect to like this much, but I suppose it has grown on me, seeing as I’ve gone back and sprayed it several more times. Which just goes to show that you never know …
MP strikes me as a good entry point to the line. And I do rather like the bottle: the standard black Piguet number with its bright, cheery, pop-of-hot-pink label. That alone makes me smile. I don’t need an FB, but would always like to have at least a sample of it around or even a small decant.
Available at Neiman Marcus, $150 for 100 ml. Also at Bergdorf Goodman, Liberty of London, Harvey Nichols and at robertpiguetparfums.com
Notes: Bergamot, orange blossom, tonka bean.
What’s your favorite Piguet fragrance? Or what pretty scent are you most looking forward to wearing when spring does finally decide to make an entrance?