Boucheron Trouble: Uh-Oh!


Am I wearing Boucheron Trouble today? Or has somebody squished a Lemon Meringue Pie in my face and tried to wash it off with Dior Addict?  Trouble was created in 2004 by prolific nose Jacques Cavallier, also guilty of the iconic scent of the 90s L’Eau D’Issey, which turned a corner in the world of fragrance and turned our heads from the loud frenzy of In Your Face 80s scents and introduced a quieter 90s calm. I wouldn’t hesitate to call him a game changer, and he has my enormous respect. (Even though I don’t actually like L’Eau D’Issey on me at all)

Rumour has it Boucheron Trouble is discontinued. Die hard fans needn’t weep, however, since this is so similar to Dior’s Addict that apart from the aforementioned Lemon Meringue Pie,  there is very little difference between the two.  Sadly Dior Addict does not suit me. It smells like someone has licked me and I don’t like that. It’s an Oriental lite with some sort of dried pheromone smell that reminds me of saliva. Fragrantica lists the notes of Trouble as follows: Dyer’s Greenwood, Lemon, Jasmine, Cedar and Amber. Are you thinking the same as me? “What on earth is Dyer’s Greenwood?” I had to look it up. Dyer’s Greenwood is a cool, bracken like scent often used in healing tinctures. Sadly, despite it being a top note, I did not  smell it at all.

The opening notes are instead creamy, milky and lemony, hence the Lemon Meringue scent. Sillage is acceptable: you could wear it to the office. Longevity is not bad: around five hours.

Would I buy this? No. I would not. But I would buy a slice of Lemon Meringue Pie as it has given me a tremendous appetite for it. Sorry Trouble, you’re far too tame. I was hoping for something Wicked. Note: This is actually yesterday’s review but Gremlins in the machine forbade my posting.

7 thoughts on “Boucheron Trouble: Uh-Oh!”

  1. It’s definitely a mid-Noughties gourmand; pudding all the way!
    I agree that ‘Trouble’ is not how I would describe it.
    It’s nice though. Very wearable. Just not very exciting, really.

  2. Dearest Iscent
    Oh dear, not The Dandy’s kind of thing at all… for a start I’m much more tarte au citron.
    By the way, did you know that pheremones are actually odourless?
    The smells that we attribute to them are actually caused by axial bacteria feeding of off the pheremones and not the things themselves. The shorthand is of course useful, but I can;t help but revel in how revolting the truth really is…
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    1. Dear Mr Dandy,

      That’s fascinating about pheremones. It might also explain how we have chemistry with some people and none with others, without knowing why.

      I learn so much from your comments! Thank you.

      Your friend

  3. I find all of this very interesting considering that I LOVE Trouble and have been looking all over for it here in the states every since I was told it no longer existed. Thankfully I found it in Aruba and have been getting it from there every since. As far as it living up to its name…….well let’s just say, I have gotten into my share of trouble wearing it. My husband would not like to know how many times I’ve had to keep my male friends at bay, they tell me that my perfume has the right name!

    1. Hello Camay- you are warmly welcomed!

      Your determination to seek out trouble made me smile. Was it Dorothy Parker or Tallulah Bankhead that once said “If you invite Trouble it usually accepts”?

      Judging by the effect you are having on these poor men I would say its worth it!

      best wishes and thank you for dropping by


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