I’m not massively a fan of the La Petite Robe Noire fragrances, but this one is really quite different. After the initial sweet blast it dries down to something more moody and night time with leather and almond notes that make it more grown up somehow than previous versions.
Guerlain has used several fashion references with Black Perfecto – the leather symbolises a biker jacket while the trio of rose accents reference a day dress: I mean, you can kind of picture that look. Guerlain likes to put a lot of vanilla (tonka bean in this case) accents in their PRN scents and that’s the bit I don’t particularly like because it’s just too much with a big burst of rose, but it’s all pared back somewhat, as is the patchouli bottom note, so that you get a smooth, leathery floral after a time that’s quite lovely.
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noir Black Perfecto is more relatable that previous fragrances – we all want to be that woman who throws on a biker over a gorgeous dress and is ready to take on the world. I’m not saying a blast will turn you into that person but I am saying I see the spirit of what it represents and I like it. I’m also pretty smitten with the bottle – what a beauty! Just in case the references pass you by, there’s a leather and metallic look label and leather stud detailed ‘collar’ on the neck of the bottle and you can’t really miss those.
I think if you have previously liked La Petite Robe Noire fragrances, there is a high chance you will like this new, more grown up version because the original elements are there and recognisable, but just better somehow. It launches in August with 30ml costing £46.50.
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