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Guerlain: La Petite Robe Noire

Today, Guerlain launch their new fragrance La Petite Robe Noire into Selfridges. It’s a bit of a departure from the norm for Guerlain, because this is quite a fun and “young” little fragrance, whereas most people associate Guerlain with seriously good, but very grown-up, perfumes.

I don’t know what it is about a perfume that makes me feel that it’s “grown-up” – there must be a certain group of notes that trigger something in my brain, but so far I haven’t been able to identify what they are. Anyway, whatever they are, there’s one of them in La Petite Robe Noire! Not to say that the “grown-up” note is the most dominant – if you were to ask me to sum up this fragrance in one (two) word(s), I’d say Black Cherry. Fruity, shiny, plump-to-bursting black cherry. Very unusual and distinctive and definitely appealing to a younger market. But then there’s this musky, mysterious depth – there’s patchouli in there somewhere, and something a bit spicy – and that “grown-up” note that’s so powerful and intoxicating.

I’m still trying to decide whether this is something I’d wear – it’s so different to anything that I’d usually go for – but I can see it being a very popular fragrance. The styling and marketing is really clever – taking such a luxurious and serious brand as Guerlain and making it just accessible enough, but without compromising its integrity….  Developing a fragrance that’s complex and unusual but still relatively easy to wear… Wise.

Anyway, enough musing from me – has anybody managed to get to a counter and smell it? Please do let me know your thoughts. I’m interested. Do you have the same thing about “grown-up” notes in fragrances? What do you think they could be?

La Petite Robe Noire is £42 from Selfridges.com


  1. I hv just bought body lotion of it from new delhi,india.its nice

  2. Can you please take a picture with the back of the perfume box?

  3. Rosemary de Jager

    This is a lovely perfume – yes, it IS black cherry overtone and i can smell chocolate – its a beautiful blend that works well and lingers a long time…..

  4. i got my sample on thursday 6th sept 2012 and it is wonderful my friends love it thank you for sending me my sample liked and shared again


  6. Ruth, I have a bottle of this and it is just lovely. It opens with notes that remind me of cherries and hairspray – yes really! Then as it dries down a bit, the cherries smell a little liqueur like, similar to sniffing a black forest gateau. There is also a very woody note lurking there that I find discordant ( might be the anise) but thankfully that goes and when the scent dries down, it is a delicious blend of cherries, musk, rose and vanilla, then you can really tell it is a Guerlain! I think I can smell a little chocolate in the drydown, it has a similar vibe to my very favourite Guerlain creation, Gourmand Coquin, so smooth. There are some rosy floral notes in the drydown but it is so exquisitely blended, nothing stands out. Thierry Wasser is a genius, this scent definitely lives up to it’s fantastic advert and I believe Guerlain will have a hit on its hands with this.

    Ruth, I can really see you loving this, get thee to a Guerlain counter ASAP!

  7. Hi! I received a tester of la petite robe noir yesterday and I loved the smell but it reminds me so much of my old perfume “Fuel for life” from Diesel it’s seems like they took a copy of the scent! but it’s very nice tho :-) Xx

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