Chloe Love Story comes in the trademark Chloe Bottle, but has been tweaked a little to look like one of the many padlocks attached to the bridges of Paris right now (It’s a romantic gesture a bit like carving a love heart into a tree) and was launched in September 2014.
When I first tried it I thought “peony” because there is something rose like but lighter in the opening notes. After a few minutes however, I found myself feeling drenched in the orange flower in all its forms: orange blossom, orange flower and neroli. Add to that some African Jasmine (aka stephanotis) and you have a bouquet of almost bridal white flowers, with none of the cloying creaminess that tuberose often adds at this point. There is a definite greenery and foliage too, just to enhance the bouquet imagery. This is as green as it is clean.
The neroli and jasmine reminded me of a much missed and now discontinued Body Shop Jasmine and Neroli, but is more “laundry fresh” . The neroli is so prominent that it is almost borderline coconutty, but stops just short of that.
The base dries down into a soapy, just-stepped-out-of –the –shower accord that seems to contain a wisp of baby powder too. It would be perfect for a wedding, but I didn’t find it particularly unique. In fact, it also reminded me of my recent review of Versace Eros Pour Femme and also of Givenchy Dahlia Divin. That soapy white flower accord won’t be falling out of favour any time soon by the look of it, and after what feel like decades of mainstream perfumes containing cheap vanilla and caramel, I’m not going to complain.
Chloe Love Story is widely available and can be bought from Sephora, Debenhams, Boots and allbeauty.com. prices start at around £40 for 30ml. My sample is from The Perfume Society Beautiful Blossoms Discovery Box.