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.
It’s wedding season, and what better excuse to think about dreamy wedding perfumes? Scent evokes such vivid memories that it’s important to get it right for a big occasion. I have had fun over the past few days picking out perfumes for every kind of bride (I hope). This guide is of course, subjective and you may have other ideas, or choose to wear a trusty old favourite, as I did. Don’t forget the Golden Rule: Your partner has to buy you a bottle on every anniversary, so pick wisely.
If you’re planning a wedding, I would love to know what scent you have chosen. If you are already married, I would love to know what you wore to your wedding. As for me, I wore Chanel Cristalle, but if I had to marry Mr IScent all over again, it would be 4160 Tuesdays Raw Silk and Red Roses. Incidentally, just because this article is angled towards brides, doesn’t mean I don’t celebrate marriage in all its wonderful forms regardless of gender, race and age.
I support marriage equality wholeheartedly and at the same time, I say knickers to gender stereotypes in perfume. All you need is love. And a wink and a smile.
The Classy Bride
Chanel No 19– Think Kristen Scott Thomas in a simple shift looking incredible. Think hauteur.
I Fancy You by Jessica Simpson– Just for the name, just so people can say “what are you wearing?” and you can answer them, deadpan. With your new spouse right next to you. Especially funny if your mother in law is present. Awkward if it is she who is asking.
The Unforgettable Bride With a Dangerous Glint In Her Eye
Jean Desprez Bal a Versailles– despite having written over 400 reviews of perfume, this is the only one that made my husband stand up and protest loudly. Could be fun at a wedding.
Etat Libre D’Orange Secretions Magnifiques. It’s got the word secretions in its name. It smells like it sounds. You may smell like you just had urgent sex with a tramp en route to the church. But hey, nobody will forget your wedding. Check out my review, and brace yourself.
Created in 2012, this new release from Escada sits as delicately as a fairy’s wing in the palm of a hand. Standing out from the weekly rent a scent releases, this is refreshingly not a vanilla drenched fruity floral, although it is most definitely floral.
Kept light and airy as a feather with delicate notes (see, it lives up to its name!) of Rose, and Grapefruit, this is a scent that is almost translucent in its lightness of touch. Delicate Notes is feminine in the extreme, and I would normally say it wouldn’t work for a man, but I have it on good authority that in hotter climes, Roses work beautifully on male skin.
There are two types of Rose in Escada Especially Escada Delicate Notes, and the notes are used sparingly. It’s definitely the petals of a dew kissed Rose, but there’s no Turkish Delight. If La Fille De Berlin is the dark eyed Evil Twin of Rose Fragrances, then this is the pretty and good sister, who always gets good grades at school.
Delicate Notes escaped my attention several times. I saw it in The Perfume Shop next to several other launches that inevitably came with a beach bag. Turning my snobby nose in the air, I turned and left. However, trying a free sample a week later made me think again. This is quite similar to Gucci Envy Me in that it is a gentle, light floral with a hint of clean laundry. The person who wears this is as fresh as a daisy and has never smoked a cigarette or gone to bed without taking off their make up first. It’s pure and clean and lovely.
Lasting power isn’t bad at all, at around five hours, and I would seriously consider making this a full bottle purchase. Florals can be hard to get right, but this is light as air, and perfect just as it is.