The Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire collection is a step away from the heritage Guerlains, giving the brand a modern twist to a new younger audience. However, being an old fashioned sort, I never really took to either the raspberries or cherries in the EDT or the EDP. I was also miffed at how misleadingly different the EDT and the EDP are. Usually an eau de parfum is a stronger concentration of an eau de toilette, but in the case of La Petite Robe Noire, they were two totally different scents. This annoyed me in light of the twenty hundred flankers that followed. Surely if the EDP was so different from the EDT it should have been given the name of a flanker? But there we are. To use a diplomatic phrase in Blogging, I guess they didn’t make it for me.
To add to the constantly evolving long list of flankers, which in terms of numbers is giving Givenchy Irresistible a run for its money (27 flankers and counting), Guerlain has launched La Petite Robe Noire Ma Robe Pétales Eau Fraiche. Or LPRB Eau Fraiche for short.
There are no cherries or raspberries, but just so the nougat factory doesn’t go out of business, there are a lot almonds and pistachios, which to me, seem an odd choice for an eau fraiche. The flowers are there too: noticeably heady Jasmine Sambac, some orange flower, and two types of rich rose, but the juxtaposition of these over the nuts and Tonka bean makes for a gourmand-lite. Not something I want to wear in summer.
There is a bit of sparkly fun as it opens- like clean soapy talcum powder that turns into space dust when it hits your skin, but it is quickly drowned by the naked praline.
I wouldn’t presume to tell genius Thierry Wasser (who can be deliciously blunt!) what to do, but I cannot help questioning the combination of gourmand and heady flowers in an eau fraiche. It’s not one I would choose to buy and if I had around £40 to spend on a bottle of Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Ma Robe Pétales Eau Fraiche, I would probably spend it on something else.
I was underwhelmed and in a blind test, I would never have had this down as a Guerlain.
Stockists: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Ma Robe Pétales Eau Fraiche is widely available and in the UK you could try Escentual, Selfridges, Amazon UK, House of Fraser and Debenhams. Outside the UK, you can try Sephora, Amazon and most department store beauty counters.