Monique Lhuillier Perfume is the newest launch by the wedding dress designer. I’ve been sniffing it off and on for a month, I think, trying to sort out what I think of it more precisely than “It’s Pretty!” which it is.
It’s a floral woody musk with notes of bergamot, cassis, dew drop, hyacinth, freesia, ylang, lily of the valley, rose, woods, violet musk and patchouli.
Maurice Roucel was the perfumer, so that made Monique Lhuillier perfume more interesting to me because I love his work. I am presuming that this is really geared towards the wedding perfume demographic for sure, but not exclusively. I think they pulled that off. This is really pretty great as a bridal perfume. It opens a little green, only a little sweet with some muted lily of the valley. Springy, muted. It does not blow your hair back with power notes – that’s a good thing if weddings are a target demographic. As it stays on, you get some of the violet and woods. I get a little rose, but not much.
I kept searching for a word or what it reminded me of. It’s a little like Puredistance I, which I think is the ultimate posh wedding perfume and any time I feel like it perfume. Not in notes, just in the something I was having trouble getting. Little bit like MDCI Un Coeur en Mai – notes are a little closer, but it still had that same something.
Then it came to me! Monique Lhuillier perfume smells like hope. It is that smell that makes you smile because it is pretty, but it’s not just pretty. There is more substance to it, but not so much that it obscures what you want it to be – you can project your hopes and dreams on it. It doesn’t have a THERE there quality, rooted in time and place. It is flexible enough to project on it what you want it to be – a new marriage, a new life – but not so odd that it distracts you.
So, yeah, ultimately, I think they got it exactly right for the
“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery, On Love
Well, Monique Lhuillier perfume is also really pretty. It’s not groundbreaking in the way I was hoping, but it’s really lovely to wear.
I do have enough in my little spray to send on to a commenter drawn at random. What in the world do you think a wedding perfume should smell like? Do you remember your wedding perfume?