Guerlain Petite Robe Noire 2, Floral Romantique ~ new fragrances

Guerlain Petite Robe Noire 2

Guerlain has launched Petite Robe Noire 2, a follow-up to 2009's La Petite Robe Noire, and Floral Romantique, a new addition to the Elixirs Charnels collection.

La Petite Robe Noire 2 (shown above) ~ "Guerlain completes its wardrobe... You always look perfect in a Little Black Dress. The Little Black Dress is the essence of Parisian fashion. La Petite Robe Noire Model No. 2 has all the makings of a Haute Couture creation. A fresh and elegant burst, a delicious heart and a very sensual lace finish. An "iris-marshmallow" accord with just the right amount of sweetness." Additional notes include lychee, pink pepper, may rose, violet leaves, sandalwood and musk. $150 for 50 ml, concentration unknown.

Floral Romantique (not shown) ~ "Guerlain has always celebrated femininity in the most daring ways. The Elixirs Charnels collection reveals a secret facet of feminine sensuality in its own way, allowing women to succumb to their unspoken desires. Let your senses decide what kind of woman you wish to be tonight. The latest creation: Floral Romantique, The Romantic Woman is a woody floral that is constructed to evoke your romantic side. An angelic alchemy that is fresh and smooth." With mandarin, jasmine, tiare, lily, ylang ylang, cedar, smoked tea and chestnut. $255 for 75 ml Eau de Parfum.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire 2 and Floral Romantique are available now for pre-order at Saks Fifth Avenue. (via saksfifthavenue)

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  1. Dilana says:

    A sensual lace finish to a perfume? What does lace smell like? My great grandmother’s needlework smells like ceder moth balls, but I would hardly call that a sensual finish.

    • Daisy says:


    • Robin says:

      Petite Robe Noire smelled like candy, and from the sound of it, this one will too.

      • dinazad says:

        Actually, I think PRN2 is a LOT better than PRN1. Not mindblowing, but warm and pretty and about 12 megatons less sweet.

  2. Daisy says:

    Robe Noire 2 is nice…..I’m very fond of the first Robe Noire as well. I do think RN2 is a little sharper on top. I think it’s the lychee…just a little greenish? anyhow, very nice….I can’t decide if it’s $150/ 50ml nice yet.

    Floral Romantique –Now this one is nice….clearly has a similar base with the rest of the Charnel Elixir line…so if you hate those, you’ll probably not love this either. It is floral-woody but no one floral note stands out to me. It has softness but don’t mistake that for being light or wispy…and it has good longevity: one good spritz lasted on me for a good 6 hours ( Boojum beware: it’s a double whammy—Guerlain AND it lasts a long time!)
    I bought a bottle for myself unsniffed….now I think I need to split a bottle!

    • Robin says:

      I thought PRN1 was fun, if rather comically overpriced, and the whole Elixirs Charnels thing was even more money for less fun. So I am going to give these 2 a skip. Aren’t I mean?

      • mals86 says:

        Nope, sensible.

      • Daisy says:

        strong and judicial. it would have been “mean” if you added a “yuck” or an “ew” or a :-P

        otherwise: you’re fine!

      • Robin says:

        Thank you ladies. I promise not to say yuck.

        • Rappleyea says:

          You have a very sophisticated way of ‘not saying it’ saying it!

          • Robin says:

            LOL! But really, I did think the first PRN was nice. Just not THAT nice. And ditto on the Elixirs Charnels…they were nice. Just don’t like the names or the prices. Floral Romantique…that is not a good name!

          • Rappleyea says:

            I agree – cheesy!

  3. Bonbori says:

    “A fresh and elegant burst, a delicious heart and a very sensual lace finish.” Is exactly right.

    Fresh elegant burst = big galbanum
    Delicious heart = a bit LPRN but without the monster violet
    Sensual lace finish = sheer, i.e. see-thru, as in where did my scent go?

    This perfume has a split personality, smells BIG and great on fabric but smells like the original LPRN’s shy little sister on skin with little sillage. I found the whole thing confusing because the top notes’ effect is miles away from that of the heart accord.

  4. Bonbori says:

    And OMG, Lily in Floral Romantique? Let’s hope it’s BIG!!! (These are so hit or miss!) Robin can’t wait for the full review when it comes out!!!

    • Robin says:

      Seriously doubt we will review it, although never say never.

      • Bonbori says:

        Yeah, that was before I read your opinion on the others ;)

        But I always have hope when these come out. That way I’m always disappointed.

        • Robin says:

          But it is also true that in the US, it is not easy to get samples of these limited edition Guerlains, so unless they sound fabulous, I don’t chase them down.

          • Robin says:

            IN other words, meant to say it isn’t just because they don’t sound great. I’ll try most anything if I can easily get my hands on it.

  5. Bonbori says:

    Agree, “more money for less fun.” Maybe fun to look at, no fun to smell. Like poison.

    • Bonbori says:

      (Sorry, this was a reply about Elixirs Charnel, now it’s just a non sequitur.)

  6. This one has me scratching my head. I am currently sampling as many Guerlains as I can right now but this one description has taken me aback – An “iris-marshmallow” accord. My nose is already crinkling just thinking of how off the charts sweet that may be. I hope I can sample at the mall on paper first. An iris-marshmallow accord just doesn’t sound very “Guerlain” to me.

  7. wondermelmo says:

    I must say when I read “sensual lace finish” my strange head envisioned a substance like silly string. Or that spray used on windows at Christmastime to look like frost. Oh dear.

  8. Kitty says:

    Tried them both last week. Too sweet for me. The sales rep gave me a lollipop that tasted like the perfume smelled (hmm, sweet). In my case, it was a really bad marketing mistake as my mental picture of me, a 50+ gal with a lolipop, wasn’t quite that sophisticated image I would like to portray!! (eek). Did get Chamade parfum to replace my stolen bottle. Am happy with my choice.

    • Marjorie Rose says:

      Lollipop = little black dress? Sounds a little like creepy Catholic school girl fantasies!

    • Daisy says:

      a guerlain rep sent me a couple of those….they were horrible tasting—-a quick lick and straight into the trash!

  9. Absolute Scentualist says:

    Oh, both of these sound really pretty. *sobs* I actually liked Chypre Fatale and Gourmand Coquin and if I won the lottery, I’d likely splurge on both. The first LPRN hasn’t made its way into my samples yet and I am afraid and think of that line from the Godfather series about trying to get out and being pulled back in. ;)

  10. Ikat says:

    Iris marshmallow? Bleurrgh. I feel nauseous.

    • Absolute Scentualist says:

      I don’t know. I’m one of the apparent few fans of Iris Ganache and BK Love, so iris and marshmallow doesn’t sound too bad. ;)

  11. katespadegirl says:

    I am totally digging the bottle. The thought of what is inside it makes me me queasy.

  12. PekeFan says:

    Personally, I find that Guerlain’s “just the right amount of sweetness” has been darned sweet lately. Floral Romantique sounds interesting, and less sweet.

  13. Flora says:

    Floral Romantique sounds great – chestnut?! – but seriously – did they run out of names or something? Just askin’….

  14. Owen says:

    don’t AVON have a fragance out called little black dress?

  15. Celestia says:

    Owen: Yes!

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