Christian Louboutin Perfumes – 2015 new release

Aaaaaannnnd, the red-soled shoe purveyor is in the perfume market with three new releases – Trouble in Heaven, Tornade Blond and Bikini Questa Sera.  You know, I don’t want to be critical right off the bat, but do these names just seem wrong from a shoe designer that sells heels for close to 1k a pair?

Christian Louboutin Perfumes - tornade blond, bikini questa sera and trouble in heaven

Okay, I’ll move on, but only like an inch to the price.   $275 for 80 mls – higher than Vuitton is charging.   Louis Vuitton of the thousands of dollars for bags with their logo all over it.  Listen, I have a used Vuitton bag or two sans logo, and they do hold up well, so not hating on them.

I feel like I’m being not just a bit bitchy about these?  Then there’s the bottle.  I really loved that crazy nail polish bottle Louboutin did. I never used the polish, but I keep the bottle by my bedside if I need to stab someone attacking me in the middle of the night.  Excellent and stylish defensive weapon.

These bottles are just kinda Las Vegas?  I mean, maybe red-soled shoes are a little garish, but I always thought they were a flash of slutty panties on the bottom of your feet.

Oh, the perfumes!

Trouble in Heaven – notes of bergamot, cascalone, rose bouton, iris firabs, amber, patchouli, tonka, labdanum.  This is nice, with that tonka-amberish bottom and a pretty rose-iris floral feel that eventually curls into an oriental.  My favorite of the three.

Bikini Questa Sera – paradisone, green nectars, jasmin, tuberose, Austrailian sandalwood, Haitian vetiver, ambergris.  This oriental opens brighter with a lighter feel and gets pretty muddy and generic. I mean, it’s okay, but it felt like it could have been anything.  I hate to review with a price tag in mind, but this felt more like a generic release than something that supports that kind of price tag.

Tornade Blond – rhubarb, violet leaves, ambrette, cassis, Bulgarian rose, jasmine sambac, orange flower, firnat, gardenia, ambergris, cedarwood, Australian sandalwood, patchouli.  A chypre that on me veered a little powdery. Longer into the drydown,I liked it a lot more and would definitely wear it, even though it seems pretty muddied – it’s a pretty muddied!

Listen, I’m trying here, but I’m having a hard time.  They aren’t awful, they aren’t inspired, and maybe I’m just wanting too much from the company that flashed a pip of red on the sole of a high heel.

Yeah, okay, sorry, that was not very informative.  I’ve seen some reviews on Fragrantica where people really loved them – maybe it’s just me?  So let’s give away some sample sets so you can find out for yourself.  I’ll do three of them.  Just drop a comment to be entered.

I do have some winners from two weeks ago for the Louis Vuittong sample set. Okay, winners are –chelembound, callie and bostonscentguy,  Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you.  I only check Posse e-mail like once a week, so it can take a few days sometimes to respond there – which reminds me I need to go check that e-mail box.


  • Kim Body says:

    The tornado blonde is to due for. The fragrance is wonderful & your noticed from afar. Do you have samples to give away

  • The Perfume Baby says:

    Slutty panties for the feet…delicious! I knew this was going to be a hohummer when you took so long getting to the frags, but still fun!

    Yours may be the first review by an actual perfume blog that I’ve read. All I could find were PR kit gushings from fashion sites. Still, I’m curious to try. Don’t own any Louboutin shoes. Do the frags qualify as slutty panties for my skin?

  • Mary Carol says:

    i agree with everyone else who commented on the names of the perfumes; but it would be fun to see what they’re like.

  • elisa p says:

    I hope I’m not insulting anyone. Really, it’s directed at the brand, who couldn’t care less about what I think. Perfume(and sunglasses, maybe) is something usually in the affordable range for someone who is brand conscious but can’t afford the clothes, shoes etc. And most fashion brands offer that, like Chanel, Prada, Hermes… So I guess it just irks me that the CL perfume, sold at Sephora(!) is still out of reach for a lot of people.

  • elisa p says:

    Don’t enter me, since I already tried them at Sephora, but I had the same experience. The bottles looked cheap in person and Vegas is spot on. I imagined a trio of resort scents lined up at a drug store(in Vegas?)with the antitheft wire attached to the testers. You know, you pick one up to spray, but the mechanism is broken, so you move on to the Body Fantasies body sprays? Trouble in Heaven was also my favorite of the 3 and I’d I consider buying it if it shows up at TJ Maxx in the bargain bin.

    • Patty says:

      LOL! Exactly. I was trying to be nice. I don’t like to just out and out trash something, and they weren’t awful or unwearable or any of those things. They were fine. And I realize saying that is the kiss of death. But if someone likes the brand, likes the style of the bottle and covets wearing their perfume, they’ll be happy enough because they’ll smell, well, fine.

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    It’s not just you, the names are unappealing. For being a luxury brand, the names could sound a little more appealing, along with the notes. Tokyo Milk has garish names for their perfumes and they don’t really smell all that good.

  • Tara C says:

    The names and bottles seem very tacky to me, but maybe trashy is part of the Louboutin brand appeal?

  • rickyrebarco says:

    I want to enter for the samples. I want to sample them for sure. I think I may like the one with the iris, the one that was your favorite, but I wouldn’t pay that much. These are the same prices as the Parfums de Marly and not as good quality I’m sure. Nevertheless, worth a try! Thanks for the review.

  • Teresa says:

    I’m up for sampling them….even over-priced, un-inspired bottles need love! I agree, though…where’s the leather?

  • Neva says:

    I suppose people falling for Louboutin shoes will buy their perfume too. Time will tell if it was worth it. Your review of the perfumes doesn’t sound too enthusiastic…but maybe it’s just the bottle that should make an impression 😉
    Nevertheless, I’d like to try them, especially Tornade Blond, the chypre.

  • crystesmom says:

    One would certainly expect more from Louboutin.

  • Winterlude says:

    Slutty panties….. Ha!

  • lena says:

    No, it’s not just you – those names are pretty terrible. They’re the sort of thing I would expect, perhaps, from a Paris Hilton-type brand, not a purveyor of luxury goods (not to denigrate Ms Hilton, of course; the names just seem more appropriate for the mass-market, young, mainstream audience I would assume she targets – please correct me if I’m wrong :)). Surely they could have come up with something with a bit more gravitas?!

  • HeidiC says:

    Trouble in Heaven sounds the most interesting to me, too. But how disappointing that they’re not more fabulous! If I were going to make a Louboutin perfume, it would be full of jasmine and iris and leather and skanky-as-hell civet.

  • Christine says:

    I had to google paradisone after thinking prednisone and recalling the scent of my inhaler…

    Might have made it more interesting!

  • Jeanne says:

    Too rich for my blood and so are the shoes. Oh well!

  • Musette says:

    I thought it said ‘Tornado Blood” – and I was all ‘ooooh’. Alas.