Let’s cruise some of the mainstream releases that I just haven’t gotten around to, since it seems like I’ve done mostly the niche releases recently.
Yves Saint Laurent Elle has notes of cedar, litchi, peony, rose, freesia, vetiver, patchouli and pepper. I just have no words for the open except, well, yuck. It’s like bad bathroom spray – maybe it will improve? Nope, Rose Lysol still, and I think rose Lysol is better. 30 minutes in, no longer rose Lysol, it’s just, well… poof, gone. Disappointing much? Um, yeah. Which leaves me thinking that it may be my skin it reacts badly too. Is it me?
Chloe, the perfume that Chandler Burr hated. Notes of peony, lychée, freesia, rose, magnolia, lily of the valley, amber and cedar wood. It’s certainly not as offensive on me as the Elle. It’s tooth-achingly sweet, but I can see how a younger woman would like this quite a lot. It’s young, predictable, but the lily of the valley seems to keep it in some green check that makes it pretty… and forgettable. I think I remember Chandler’s big beef with this was not that it was a horrible scent, but that the creative team in charge should have made something so much better. I have to agree. The bottle is adorable, the perfumers talented, and this should have been a far more interesting perfume.
Which leaves us at the final scent in the mainline trio – Ralph Lauren Notorious with notes of chocolate, black currant, pink peppercorn, bergamot, white frost peonies, carnation, patchouli musk, vanilla, woods and iris. Inspired by actresses like Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall and Faye Dunaway, the offspring of the inspiration fell a little short of its mark. But if you take out that inspiration, you are left with a soft chocolate scent that opens just a little strong, but settles into a pretty nice little fruity floral gourmand, which makes it sound far worse than it is. Of the three, this is my favorite, though it certainly is not a scent I’ll be hunting down to wear regularly, but I’d be happy smelling it on me and others. If you’re looking for a gourmand’ish scent that’s subtle and not overpowering, this one could very well work for you.
Hey, but you know what my darling Lee is picking up today? That new Le Labo in London, the Poivre thing, wheeee!!! I could kiss him and will when I see him next year. I know, I know, I’m a snob.