Fragrance is such a personal thing. Literally–because the chemical compositions react differently on everyone, and because of this, the scent will differ slightly on everyone. But, perfumes are more than that. They should represent the wearer, and stick with them throughout the day.

Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noire is an über feminine mix– not necessarily me everyday but as I’ve said before, I am not yet a loyal wearer of just one perfume, I have yet to find my signature. When I’m feeling particularly ladylike, and slightly mature, I give my hair, neck and wrists a few spritz of this scent. This one has great longevity, which is so important to a perfume in my opinion– what good is a smell that no one can smell? No good at all, and unfortunately, this has been the case for many designer, not to mention expensive fragrances I’ve had. I would personally say this is a bit of a heavy scent, but not musky in any way or spicy. The actual blend is composed of black cherry, almond, berries, then rose, and finally liquorice and black tea. It sounds like the menu of a fabulous tea party that I wish I was attending. Very sophisticated and sweet, but not in a vanilla-y way, which is quite refreshing. The bottle is very Guerlain, and won’t look too shabby on top of your vanity.

–Anna Raponi

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