La Petite Robe Noir Guerlain

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Boy this is one polarizing perfume!  Perfumistas either love it with a passion or hate it so much it makes their blood boil, but usually not because of how it smells, but rather, because of what it represents to them.

To many perfume enthusiasts, especially to the ones that have been in the game a long time, LPRN represents Guerlains sell-out from true artistry to mass marketing corporate greed. But that’s a whole different story you can read about here. I want to remain objective on this review.

LPRN is a fruity gourmand sugarbomb of a fragrance with prominent cherry and anise notes over vanilla and tonka.  It is housed in a pink  Mitsouko/L’ Huere Bleue bottle with a picture of a little black dress showing through the juice. 

There are tons of different dresses printed on the bottles and all have various flanker names but they are all the same juice. There are only five variations on the juice, true flankers, despite the multitude of various labels on the flacons. This review is only about the original juice.

LPRN opens with a burst of  bergamot, tart cherries and licorice.  Once the top dries, the bergamot fades and the cherry/licorice dominates the heart as the almond  begins to develop. It ends with a musky patchouli vanilla base and a prominent anise note.

This frag has a massive projection on my skin and lasts all day. It’s a pretty strong ‘fume overall, although it’s a bit sweet and the cherry/licorice notes can become cloying.

This perfume was made to appeal to the masses with its sugary “pinkness”, and by god it’s worked.  LPBR is one of the companies most successful fragrances ever and brought Guerlain to the mainstream world.

I see this as Guerlains attempt to bring in a younger crowd and they were successful. But I pray that the younger crowed also becomes acquainted and falls in love with the houses classics as well, otherwise they will eventually be discontinued. 

If you love LPRN, then you should try L’Huere Bleue as well. Although they are very different, they share many of the same notes. L’ Bleue is not as sweet, but is a much more sophisticated fragrance, that will hopefully still be waiting on you when you’re ready to graduate to the next level 😊.

Season: Spring/Fall

Top notes: Bergamot, Almonds, Cherries, Red Berries

Heart notes: Rose, Tea, Taif Rose, Licorice

Base notes: Vanilla, Tonka, Patchouli, Anise, Iris


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