Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraiche ~ fragrance review

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraîche Ma Robe Pétales

This spring, Guerlain has launched La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraîche, a new flanker to the 2012 version of La Petite Robe Noire (which I deeply disliked). La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraîche is subtitled “Ma Robe Pétales” and follows 2014’s La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum Couture (which bothered me somewhat less than its predecessor). (Don’t even ask me about the 2009 or 2011 versions; I have no memory of either one!)

The facts: La Petite Robe Noire Eau Fraîche was developed by perfumer Thierry Wasser. It’s described as a fresh green floral with notes of bergamot, mandarin, rose, freesia, jasmine, pistachio, almond, tonka bean, white musk and patchouli. Its juice is tinted green, and its bottle is the classic Guerlain silhouette tarted up with yet another little-black-dress illustration…

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Thierry Wasser awarded Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur

Guerlain’s in-house perfumer, Thierry Wasser, was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur medal this week in an intimate ceremony held in Paris. Marc-Antoine Jamet, secretary general of the LVMH Group, bestowed the honor, recalling the Swiss-born perfumer’s many achievements and highlighting his elegance “both in image and in his soul.”

— Read more at Guerlain’s New Knight: Perfumer Thierry Wasser Receives France’s Highest Honor at Style.

Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum ~ fragrance review

Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum, cropped

At what point does a flanker stray so far from its parent that it ceases to earn the family name? Guerlain Shalimar Souffle de Parfum edges awfully close to that line. Yes, it still broadcasts its familiar vanilla, amber, and lemon, but Shalimar Souffle flouts its mother’s mystery and marches straight into “Hi folks, see you down at the mall — the fancy one with the Neiman Marcus” territory.

Shalimar Souffle de Parfum was developed by Guerlain’s house perfumer, Thierry Wasser. Its notes include bergamot, lemon, mandarin orange, jasmine sambac, “l’absolu de l’eau de fleurs d’oranger” (a material Guerlain notes it’s using for the first time), white musk (“an avalanche” of it, the French press release reads), and a combination of Indian and Tahitian vanillas.

I don’t want you to think I’m such a traditionalist that I oppose any Shalimar flanker…

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