Thursday, 27 June 2013

Beauty Review | La Petite Robe Noire Eau De Toilette by Guerlain


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

Do you remember back in May when I talked about these beautiful Guerlain products? I said that I would be sure to review more of them as and when I had given them a fair trial and now is that time. Hurrah for standing by promises. 

Beauty Review | La Petite Robe Noire Eau De Toilette by Guerlain
Beauty Review | La Petite Robe Noire Eau De Toilette by Guerlain

For the last few weeks I have pushed my other fragrances to one side and have been focusing my efforts on the Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Toilette and have been thoroughly enjoying it. 

Today I sat down to do some research to see what precisely the scents are within it and what key notes I should tell you about. On visiting the official Guerlain site I found that the fragrance was described as 'floral' and on visiting John Lewis, I learnt that the fragrance was 'fruity'. Quite a difference and quite unhelpful. 

Fortunately Boots came up trumps and told me that this perfume has notes of roses, jasmine, orange blossom, white amber, cherry, blackcurrant and apple. With a mixture of floral and fruit, I can see where Guerlain and John Lewis were heading. 

If I were to describe this myself, I probably wouldn't clearly identify the ingredients (who really does say, 'Mmmm smells just like white amber to me!'??) but I would agree with the fruity-floral hybrid. I find the scent to be elegant, initially fruity and over time fading to floral, not girlish but not something your mother/aunt would wear. Essentially, I would say this scent is perfect for the 20something girl on the go who wants a perfume that will last all day and say, 'I'm a sweet, pretty smelling human, but I'm not a ditz, I know what I'm about'. Yes, fragrances talk now. 

Ranging from £36-£70 depending on size (30ml-£36, 50ml-£50, 100ml-£70) this is not a 'high street' fragrance but I believe it's worth the cost for the quality you are given. I would say this is something you would treat yourself to if you were celebrating (I'm always celebrating things haha) or would make a really lovely present for a friend or relative. I'm actually going to put this on my list for 'Gifts to give the girls when their birthday's come round'. No frantically searching round shopping centres for me!

Aside from the fact that this perfume is an absolute delight to look at (shell pink liquid in the gorgeous dainty bottle seriously floats my boat) and wear, I had another reason to be so excited to use a Guerlain scent. 

An exciting story. 

My Grandma Peggy is in her mid 80's now and grew up in London during the WW2 blitz. She worked as a office girl in Whitehall where she did war administration and paperwork in the Department of Air Ministry. She says she was about 19 at the time.

One day a handsome Air Commander and two Squadron Leaders were seconded to her office. One of them, Stan Hope Joel, was a millionaire and on one of his tour of duty trips to France, he visited Paris and bought my Grandma a huge bottle of Guerlain perfume and smuggled it back to London for her. I'm told it was called 'Liu'. 

Baring in mind this was the blitz and everything from sugar to hem lines was rationed, this would have been an absolutely amazing treat. Grandma says she kept the bottle for years and when Grandad feels up to it he'll have a look and see if it's still in the attic.

I know everyone does, but I love my Grandma so much. I wish she would agree to appear on camera!

I don't know about you but I thought that story was so wonderful it couldn't not be shared. 

As always, what do you think? I would love to see discussions in the comments about whether £36-£70 is a lot for perfume, what you are coveting at the moment and if you have any amazing family stories about beauty products like mine? I'm really lucky on this blog that you are all so active in the comments so I look forward to chatting with you. 



Toodlepip!

xx

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56 comments:

  1. My mom bought me Coco Chanel for my birthday which was about $150 I'm not sure how much that is in pounds but it's probably around 70-80 pounds. I'm kind of cheapskate so i don't like to spend much money on anything haha, but if it will last you a long time, it's definitely worth it.

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  2. I unfortunately do not have any amazing stories like that, but thank you for sharing that with us! I never really got to know my grandparents so it's always nice to hear stories from other people's grandparents! My favorite perfume right now is Taylor by Taylor Swift, and I think that if you really love the perfume, then that's not an unnecessary amount to spend on a perfume. Plus perfumes last ages, so it's a good investment!

    melissapcooper.blogspot.com

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  3. Sounds like a lovely fragrance :)

    Carina xx
    http://www.carstina.com/

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  4. I like expensive perfumes as my main Christmas present when I don't know what I want. I think if it a quality perfume a little goes a long way so it will last for sometime. I love the none fussy bottle on this so pretty for sitting on a dressing table

    Carrieanne x

    http://beautiesunlocked.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. I don't have the money (or the desire) to spend that much on a beauty product. I simply can't justify to spend that many money on vanity. Now I sounds like a total asshole, but I like your beauty rewiews and it's fine that you and many more spend your money on this stuff. I just can't.

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  6. I got this as a sample from a purchase I had made on the Sephora site, however, I did not enjoy this scent as much as you. I found that it was very strong and not to my liking. However, the packaging of the sample size is miniture version of your large bottle which I quite enjoyed, because I like collecting little things.

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  7. That's really sweet of him to bring your grandma back the perfume!! Must have been such a nice luxury for her. The price is pretty up there, but if its a super amazing scent, i'd probably still buy it...and starve for a week.
    Rebecca x Ze Makeup

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  8. I like to splurge on perfumes once in a while, it's worth it! <3

    xoxo, Aman

    beauteacoffeechic.blogspot.com

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  9. Oo this sounds like a lovely little perfume and that packaging is truly gorgeous <3

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  10. I like this perfume, and my mom loves it!
    Louise, what perfume is your favorite?

    xx Stephanie (www.stephaniesstyleblog.blogspot.com)

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  11. £36-£70 is a loot of money if I'm honest I don't even spend that much on clothes so certainly not in perfume haha but from what you've said it does sounds so lovely and the little story is the cutest thing ever :)

    alittlebitsunshine.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. That's a really great story from your grandma, what a lucky lady!
    I tend to only get expensive perfume as a birthday present or Christmas treat. If I'm buying perfume for myself it is generally a cheaper high street one. However, I'm very much one of those people who, on special occasions and when wearing an expensive perfume, feels much more sophisticated and chic.
    Claire x

    Http://Daydreamsinthegarden.blogspot.com

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  13. This perfume sounds lovely! I'll defo have a sprits next time im in john lewis + what an amazing story from your grandma! They always do have the best tales :) x

    http://theressomethingaboutalice.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. The perfume seems lovely but i was thinking, that £36 is a tiiiiipsy too much for 30ml, i mean, it's more than a pound for 1ml. But it sure looks and sounds like a nice 'delicacy' to use rarely :) And that granny and granddad story was just adorable, thanks for sharing with us! xx

    Merilinzz.blogspot.com

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  15. Roughly $100 bucks is too steep for me for perfume especially since I pretty much have no bad body odor. I barely have to wear deodorant. I'm kidding, not about the too much money part though. . . As Kristin Wiig said in Bridesmaids: Help me I'm poor :(

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  16. This is my absolute favourite perfume and I finished my bottle not too long ago! I've been a bit hesitant about repurchasing because of the price but I will get round to it eventually :)

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  17. I love a good perfume... My dresser full of them is a testament to that! :) I'll certainly have to have a look into this one!

    http://bethsearle.blogspot.com.au/

    Beth. x

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  18. Awww that story about your grandmother was really sweet! This sounds like an amazing scent but I don't know if I would be willing to pay over 30 pounds. It sounds like a great gift to receive though for a birthday maybe! I tend to find that high-street perfumes do the job for me just fine! But it is always nice to have a bit of luxury in your life. Love you sooooo much Louise! ^_^ xxx

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  19. the story was so cute! i really like the sound of the perfume (all for the floral/fruit hybrid) but maybe i'd try the small size first, as £70 is a bit of a commitment...

    Chloe Witty

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  20. Love buying new perfumes! With this price tag I'd go for the smaller one though as a firs time purchase ♥

    Holly | http://touchofcrimson.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. The Liu scent is beautiful, I was able to get a limited edition Liu body powder thingy in the Christmas sales that makes you sparkle (subtly!) when you poof it on (it comes in an old fashioned perfume bottle!) and smell lush! And I would say/ always say that the Petit Robe Noir fragrance smells like cherryade, it is just gorgeous! :)
    -Rachelxoslater (Twitter)

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  22. I think the bottle is so pretty!
    So I went and had a sniff at a guerlain counter and I didn't really like it very much...
    Fragrances are such a personal thing anyway :)

    Http://lilyavenuee.blogspot.com

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  23. I'll have to give this one a sniff!

    emmaalouisee.blogspot.com

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  24. That perfume sounds lovely! I love anything fruity/floral so it sounds perfect. I do think it's pricey but not too much for a perfume really. I have Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf and that cost something ridiculous like £60 but it's so gorgeous. xx

    Curls and Swirls Beauty & Lifestyle

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  25. Sounds gorgeous, I really love floral scents so this sounds perfect! xxx
    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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  26. That definitely sounds like something that I want to check out! I love the combination you described of being initially fruity and then kind of morphing into more of a floral smell. Yum! Thanks for sharing that story - seriously adorable!

    Shannon
    colourtheskywithyou.blogspot.com

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  27. How cute is the bottle! If I see it, I definitely have to go smell it haha. Fruity/Floral scents are my favorite.

    xx K
    glitzandgold.blogspot.com

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  28. sounds great even though im not too fond of floral scents.

    - Janine
    http://theeoptimist.blogspot.com

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  29. What a great story about your grandmother:) I hope you find the old perfume bottle. I bet it still holds the scent!

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  30. I'm not even into beauty things but I always read yours because I just love the way you write this blog. Thanks Louise! :)
    www.emmamazey.blogspot.com

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  31. The story about your Grandma Peggy and her smuggled perfume seriously melted my heart. I hope that the bottle is still hiding up in the attic because it sounds like a sentimental treasure.

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  32. If I ever see this perfume in Canada I will have to check it out! It sounds lovely. Also, thanks for sharing that story! It was great to read! I imagine the scent of the perfume would bring back a lot of memories for your grandmother. :)

    Bitten Glam

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  33. I want to try new fragrance since a long time ... I think it is time !

    http://dailydiaryofabrowngirl.blogspot.ca/

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  34. I love fragrances that aren't overly fruity or floral, so this sounds lovely. Something you can wear all day without thinking about it. :)
    xx
    katedruryy.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. What an absolutely lovely story. I love hearing little stories from the war.
    Do I think that is too much for a perfume? Yes, probably for something that is mass produced. I've been to independent perfumeries before where each perfume is crafted by hand from start to finish, using the highest quality ingredients. In that case, I think that the price is justified by the care and attention that goes into the product.

    erinbulger.blogspot.ca

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  36. What a lovely story! I must ask my grand parents if they have any stories from when they were younger.

    £70 does seem like a lot compared to what you would find in Boots but as it is a high end perfume I actually think it is pretty reasonable.

    xxx

    http://www.rachellouisehenderson.blogspot.co.uk/

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  37. such a nice sotry, this perfume sounds amazing!

    Leyla xx
    mythoughtsandboredom.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. I have a golden lipstick in pink shade and love it a lot!

    funkyjoleisa.blogspot.ru

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  39. A really sweet story. Unfortunately my grandparents were too young to have experienced ant such things, at least my living ones.

    Thank you for reviewing this perfume, it was the one I wished for when you asked as what we wanted to see on your Guerlain post. I have tried a sample of it and found it amazing although it's actually not my kind of fragrance. I agree with your description of it, I think it is also a very sweet scent.
    My personal favourite right now is Acqua di Gioia by Giorgio Armani, it is the best fresh summer perfume there is!

    xx

    kazetime.blogspot.com

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  40. I just converted the price in pounds to canadian dollars, since I live in Canada, and it doesn't seem that bad for a perfume!
    I'm quite eager to try this because I'm a fan of fruity perfumes, so I wonder if I'll like the mix of fruity and floral :)

    Thanks for doing a review on this louise :) the bottle is pretty!

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  41. That perfume sounds so nice! Lovely post!
    xx

    http://blairbeautyblogger.blogspot.ca/

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  42. Thats such a nice story! I love hearing love snippets about people grandparents. I was given the chanel chance for my 18th birthday, im now 21 but ive literally only used it a handful of times because i love it so much but its soooo expensive! I usually wear body spray from bath and body works but this one sounds really nice and up my ally since im a 20 something girl and im balling on a budget. Maybe for my 22nd birthday ill ask for it, after I smell it of course hopefully they sell it at macys or sephora in america!

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  43. I love the packaging of that perfume!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  44. I am definitely looking for a perfume that says 'I'm a sweet, pretty smelling human, but I'm not a ditz, I know what I'm about' and I'm such a sucker for beautiful packaging this might be the next addition to my perfume collection. So glad you wrote about it otherwise I don't think I ever would have thought to stop and give it a sniff.

    - Miranda
    outspokenlife.blogspot.com

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  45. I need to know more...what happened with/ to Stan in the end? I take it he wasn't your Grandfather?

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  46. Hi Louise I've got the Lui shimmer powder it's a deep musky scent. Harrods still have it half price online!!! Think it would be fab for you after hearing your story!! Loved your story Laura xxx

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  47. My boyfriend's Grandma had a lovely story from a similar time about perfume. She was working as a nurse during the Second World War and was interviewed on the radio at the hospital she worked at and a soldier sent her a bottle of Chanel no 5 because he wanted to say thank you for everything she was doing. After that, she only ever wore Chanel no 5 :) xx

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  48. Its sounds really nice. Such a lovely story too :) xxx

    http://jeminixlife.blogspot.com

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  49. I have been looking for a new perfume and this sounds amazing. I do want a perfume that actually lasts a whole day. I might go off into Sephora and sniff it myself.
    xo
    Andrea

    amisfityouth.blogspot.com

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  50. Yesterday I ordered this. Today in a store I tried Lanvin couture perfume and it was only powder, these perfumes was sicking, and now I'm afraid that Robe Noire could be similar powdery, cause 4 of Lanvin ingredients are the same :(

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  51. This perfume by seeing is lovely but you spent more money in buying. if i need fragrant perfumes definitely i would go to a online pound store. Thanks

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  52. This perfume by seeing is lovely but you spent more money in buying. if i need fragrant perfumes definitely i would go to a online pound store. Thanks

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  53. This perfume by seeing is lovely but you spent more money in buying. if i need fragrant perfumes definitely i would go to a online pound store. Thanks

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    All the popular brand name drinks for unbelievable discounted price tags.

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