La Petite Robe Noire Is The Lana Del Rey Of Fragrances

You either love it or hate it; you think it's trashy and phony or you adore its beauty and quirks. In fact, I'd be willing to gamble that if you like Lana Del Rey, you'll like this perfume.

Nov 15, 2012 at 3:30pm | Leave a comment

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A week or so ago, I went to my first-ever session of hypnosis combined with reflexology. It was unbelievable. I lay there on the table, this woman's mesmerizing voice talking me through an out-of-body experience, hoping it would never end.

When I walked out of her office an hour and a half later, I was practically floating on air. I was smiling at everyone, feeling blissful, just enjoying the experience of being alive. So I visited a place that makes me feel even better about being alive: Sephora!

You all know, by now, about my obsession with smelling (and, oftentimes, looking) like a cake. But sometimes you crave a little more dimension, a little more darkness.

One sniff of La Petite Robe Noire and I was hooked.

La Petite Robe Noire -- the little black dress -- by Guerlain is a gourmand (read: "foody") perfume with a twist. I'd describe it as Lolita Lempicka in Louboutins: sweet & feminine, with an air of something sexy and dangerous.

It kicks off with a hit of black cherry, then opens up with rose, raspberry and iris. Smoky bergamot tea joins the chorus, then tonka bean and a drop of patchouli. It warms up and deepens on the skin. It's heavy and rich and luscious, a special occasion scent. But it divides people like none other.

La Petite Robe Noire is the Lana Del Rey of fragrances. You either love it or hate it; you think it's trashy and phony or you adore its beauty and quirks.

In fact, I'd be willing to gamble that if you like Lana Del Rey, you'll like this perfume. 

Consider: "To me, La Petite Robe Noire 2012 is a washed-out copy of Lolita Lempicka topped with a shot of Cherry Coke," (from Now Smell This) versus, "It's dark without being gothic, lush without being oversexed, sweet without being candy-like. Basically a beautiful concoction that showed care and thought in its birth once again by the House of Guerlain" (from Frangratica reviews).

There are a lot of 5-star reviews on Sephora, though many of the fragrance bloggers have been fairly dismissive. But there's often a disconnect between what consumers like and what experts appreciate.

Either way, I love it. I've been keeping the (very beautiful) bottle on my desk, for secretive sniffing.

Do you change your perfume for the season?  What are you wearing lately? (And did you download Lana's new album yet?)