Robert Piguet Gardenia ~ perfume review

Robert Piguet Gardenia

I have not been a huge fan of the modern Robert Piguet line. I haven’t tried even close to all of them, and perhaps I’ve skipped over the best, but those few I’ve tested (Douglas Hannant de Robert Piguet, Mademoiselle Piguet, Petit Fracas)1 have not bowled me over. For that matter, I’ll come clean and admit that much of the resurrected classic line (Baghari, Visa & Cravache, etc.) doesn’t really bowl me over either. I’m a Fracas girl, with a secondary respect and admiration for Bandit, and while I admire the care they’ve taken in keeping the Piguet brand alive and relevant, I’m pretty happy sticking with those two.

The newish Gardénia de Robert Piguet, though, is really pretty. I wasn’t quite bowled over, but I was impressed, and I’m sorry to have to give away the bottle I was sent for review (it’s already taken, sorry). Like most (all?) of the modern Piguet line, it was developed by perfumer Aurelien Guichard, and the composition walks a very fine line between what a hardcore perfumista might accept as a “gardenia” and what a modern consumer might be willing to wear to work…

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Up for grabs: Robert Piguet Gardenia

Gardénia de Robert Piguet

What is it: a 100 ml bottle of Robert Piguet Gardenia. I’ve used the bottle for testing, but it’s at least 95% full.

How do I get it: For a chance to win, leave a comment on the website telling me that you live in the US. Then tell me either a) your favorite fragrance from Robert Piguet, or b) your favorite gardenia fragrance or c) something else you’ve been dying to post in a comment.

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Bunch o’ limited edition collector bottles 2013, part 26

More limited edition collector fragrance bottles, with the usual disclaimers: in most of these cases, the juice is unchanged, just the bottle is “special” (or not, as the case may be), and some of these may not be available in the US.

Frédéric Malle x Liberty collection

From Frédéric Malle, the x Liberty collection, with new outer packaging (the bottles are the same!) using Liberty prints and celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Frédéric Malle brand at Liberty London. Shown are Lipstick Rose and Géranium Pour Monsieur. At Liberty of London

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Robert Piguet Petit Fracas ~ fragrance review

Robert Piguet Petit Fracas

In a video taken at the Pitti Fragrance Fair, Joe Garces, President and CEO of Parfums Robert Piguet, holds a bottle of Petit Fracas and tells us about it in an accent that would make Tony Soprano proud. “One day I woke up and I said, ‘My daughter does not like Fracas. I cannot get her to like Fracas. I have to make something for my daughter.’”

He notes that his daughter is 30 years old. “It’s basically a youthful fragrance,” he says. “For someone who feels youthful.” Youthful or not, I’d say that Petit Fracas is a fragrance for someone who feels hungry. For dessert…

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