Received a tester from this with another purchase, for which I was really glad since I yearned to try this one out! To me it smells a bit like cherry tart? I liked it, but didn't love it, and grew tired of it quite quickly. I feel it's a bit too much "out there" in a non-sophisticated way. On the plus size, I do love the bottle and it's staying power on my was crazy. Won't be asking this for my Christmas gift however!
I'm in the minority of those who kinda like this, but it must be worn LIGHTLY. It's quite strong, sweet with a blackberry underscent to it. I agree with the poster who said it's a "winter perfume" and the cold seems to somehow buffer it. I think it would be heavy and too nauseating in warm weather. I have a deluxe sample from Sephora that will last forever, I use just a tiny bit and only now that it is winter. I would not purchase it, it would go to waste. There are other perfumes I'd rather spend the money on that are more versatile.
**EDIT** Each time I wear this I dislike it more and more.. It's just too heavy and sweet and it gets cheap-smelling quick. Nope.
I was intrigued by the notes in this (black cherries, rose, patchouli, tea), but... it smells like Hall's cherry cough drops, and it never really goes away. Every once in a while there's an intriguing hint of tea and smoke and anise, which makes me think this is supposed to be Guerlain's gateway drug for my generation and lead us to bigger and better Guerlainade.
I love this scent! I don't know why all of the negative reviews. I have the shower gel also. This is not an old lady scent - just scents smell different on everyone. Try a sample first - it is definitely different than anything out there and the scent lasts a long time.
I have not purchased this yet but have sampled it in store (often!) and am planning to purchase this fragrance at some point.
I have never been able to wear Guerlain fragrances. As much as I love the history and mystery of some of the "classics" - Shalimar, Jicky (my first "high end" fragrance purchase when I was about 12!), L'Heure Bleu, Chant d'Aromes, etc. - they do not smell nice on me and just don't work with my body chemistry so why pay top dollar for a fragrance that is stinky on me, no matter how gorgeous the bottle. But after being sprayed (almost against my will - very insistent SA!) with La Petite Robe Noire and wearing it for the rest of the day, I have to say I really liked it. It was sort of like "Shalimar Light" on me - I could detect very strong similarities with Shalimar but this smelled nice on me rather than not so nice. I've tried it several times since, when I've been passing through department stores, and have liked the result every time. The only problem is that my husband doesn't like it much and finds it "too sweet" (his words).
And sorry, Guerlain, but the bottle is just plain tacky looking. Compared to some of the classic perfume bottles of old from this company, the bottle for La Petite Robe Noire looks like it belongs with the cheaper drug-store release fragrances. That stenciled/painted on black dress just doesn't do it, when you compare it with the bottles for L'Heure Bleue or Mitsuoko.
Lolita Lempicka with a dash of Delices de Cartier. Nice in small doses. Warm, sweet, creamy, synthetic. Smells a little like lipstick on the drydown.
Wow, Guerlain, WHAT HAPPENED?!! I did not expect this from YOU! The scent is overpowering. Way too much going on! The notes don't blend well, including the picture on the bottle, the name...everything! It doesn't smell like high-end perfume. This is something you could see in drugstores. The scent is cloying. There's no way you can wear this on a date night or black-tie event because people around you will get away. Honestly, IDK where you can wear this cologne except spraying it in your bathroom as a room spray. I'm glad I got a sample of this! Try before you buy.
Would be more aptly named La Petite Lollipop Red. Once you get over the disconnect, it is not bad as a candy scent, just not my cuppa. In either case, it is gone in an hour, so it really can offend no one for long. I keep thinking there is a Gallic punch line here. But it has not come yet.
A very fall/ winter scent. Absolutely seasonal as I could see this getting very cloying and offensive in the heat. I think the only way I could stand to wear this would be in frigid temperatures.I feel the cold weather would temper or
tame it in a way. It's so syrupy and heavy. One spritz cloaked my body in a heavy waft of cherry cough syrup and old fashioned rose based perfume. Reminds me of Lolita Lempicka in a way, however I like Lolita MUCH better. The anise quality in La Petite Robe Noire is what is tying those two together for me it seems.
This one has a "powdered cherries" with a hint of rose....not too baby powder-ish, more of a powdered sugar with crushed up black licorice and dark cherries. These are not the maraschino cherries, these are the cherries that were soaking in brandy. There is something boozy about this to me. Not for everyone, all most nauseatingly sweet and overwhelming. Any ways that is my interpretation....the bottle is also gorgeous.
Wow! I did not expect THIS from such a great perfume house. To me it's a cheap drugstore perfume scent with the typical artificial chemical note that makes me avoid drug store scents. I can't stand it!