“Guerlain is to fragrance what the little black dress is to fashion. There’s one for everyone” – Guerlain.
Guerlain is no stranger to the world of Perfumes, having been in existence for almost 200 years. It is a French perfume brand known for luxury and sophistication and La Petite Robe Noire collection is no exception. Inspired by the elegance and timelessness of a little black dress, all the perfumes exude Parisian chic and gracefulness.
La Petite Robe Noire was first produced as a Guerlain boutique-exclusive perfume, created by perfumer Delphine Jelk in 2009. Modèle No.2 was created in 2011. In 2012, a reworked version was created by Thierry Wasser which is La Petite Robe Noire. Theirry Wasser has then gone on to create variations of the fragrance – EDT 2013, Couture 2014, Eau Fraîche 2015, Intense 2016, Black Perfecto 2017 and Légère 2018 – by Delphine Jelk.
I have always been fascinated by La Petite Robe Noire but I had never owned a bottle until I saw it on sale last year at Essenza in Ebeano.
The bottles of La Petite Robe Noire collection are replicas of the classical vials of Guerlain, such as l’Heure Bleue, invented in 1912. The animated ad campaign was created by French artists Olivier Kuntzel and Florence Deygas. The dress print on each perfume in the collection is different, representing various interpretations of the classic Little Black Dress.
The packaging of La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Toilette – Ma Robe Cocktail shows a pretty cocktail dress – sweet and sophisticated, expressing a little black dress in a different way.
The bottle itself is the classic bottle, with the inverted heart-shaped cover, however, where La Petite Robe Noire – EDP has a dark tint at the bottom, the EDT bottle is a nice pink all through.
Top Notes: Jasmine, Rose & Orange Blossom
Middle Notes: Cherry, Apple and Green Accords
Base Notes: White Amber, White Musk & Patchouli
Although this is an EDT, it is not a watered-down version of the EDP, it is a different take entirely. It opens with romantic fresh flowers like Jasmine and Orange Blossom and evolves to playful fruity notes, including cherry. It then dries down to sensuous White Amber and Patchouli.
The main difference between the EDP and the EDT is that, where the EDP opens with the exquisite creaminess of almond and graduates to a heart of intense, velvety rose, the EDT opens with fresh, breezy flowers and remains playful with fruits at its heart.
SILLAGE AND LONGEVITY
Sillage with this perfume is moderate, on me anyway. It does not take over the whole room, but there is a light trail. Longevity with this scent is pretty remarkable for an EDT I find that it lasts for up to 6 hours on me. That is just as long as an EDP.
I am a Guerlain person, anyday and the La Petite Robe Noire collection will always be one of my faves. Not just because of the fragrances but because of the sophistication and elegance the entire collection represents.
I like La Petite Robe Noire – Ma Robe Cocktail (EDT) because of the elegance of the fragrance. It made me feel sexy, in the way that wearing a black lace midi dress and cute sandals will make you feel sexy. It is an interpretation of the Joie de vivre the Parisian represents.
As a rule, I do not buy a particular fragrance twice, but I will buy this to keep as a staple in my collection. An essential, like a little black dress.
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Have you tried any of the fragrances from the La Petite Robe Noire Collection line? Which is your favourite?