Jean Paul Gaultier • Fragile • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||73%|
Age: 25-29 Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Black Eyes: Black
Packaging: the best I've ever seen
Longevity: whole day
Smell: Heavy, musky, very warm. I know each person has different sense of smell, but this one is headache inducing for me
Verdict: I'll gaze on the beautiful bottle and let my sister use it up
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Other
I bought Jean Paul Gaultier Fragile EDP unsniffed because I was absolutely enthralled with the creativity and charm of the snowglobe bottle. On the basis of the bottle alone, I just knew this one was going to be a keeper, even if I didn't care for the scent. But since we're all about scent here at Makeup Alley, let's talk about that first, shall we?
Fragile is a transparent tuberose fragrance that wears well during the day, making it perfect for casual and professional work settings. It's not overpoweringly strong, sweet, buttery, or over-the-top sexy the way Fracas or Poison can be, so if those fragrances are anathema to you, then please consider trying Fragile because it's not that kind of tuberose. It's far more sedate than that, but still beautiful in its own right. I also detect a bitter citrus note that reminds me very much of Hugo Boss Woman, believe it or not. In fact, if I smelled Fragile on a complete stranger, I'd very likely mistake it for that.
Getting back to the charms of the snowglobe bottle, the lady trapped inside is dressed in a black cocktail gown and matching elbow-length gloves, which makes her look exactly like the iconic Taittinger L'Instant champagne poster. (Do a google search for "taittinger l'instant" if you don't know what I mean, and you'll see the resemblance right away.) Could it be just a coincidence? I don't know, but I think it's a fitting homage if indeed the intent was there. There's something about the playfulness of the bottle design that lifts my spirits every time I look at it. It's festive, glamorous, and ultra-feminine in mood, even if the fragrance inside is a bit too demure to match. Personally, I would have loved to see YSL Champagne or Yvresse in this bottle. Now THAT would have been ideal! Then again, maybe Jean Paul Gaultier was being deliberately ironic when he bottled this rather demure juice in such an elaborate tchotchke. This is, after all, a fragrance called "Fragile," so he must have been aiming for a lighter, less tenacious, more modern type of fragrance all along, even if the packaging suggests a serious, old-school fragrance with the glamor of 1940s Hollywood.
Maybe I'm giving him too much credit, but I think what we have here is a philosophical statement on the ephemeral and vulnerable nature of beauty and the equally ephemeral and vulnerable nature of the artifice that enhances it. Perfume bottles, wine bottles, and glass snowglobes are decorative objects designed to protect and preserve their contents, but because they are made of glass, they themselves are poignantly fragile, much like the liquid within.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Dry Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
Wow! I hate tuberose and gardenia and Fragile is just full of these flowers! Never more for me.
Beautiful bottle but hard to spray when it's almost empty.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Red, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
This fragrance is heaven to me! I just wish the bottle was designed better - that's why I took off 1 lipee. Years ago some of the gold flakes got stuck in the tube, so it's been pretty hard getting any of the fragrance to squirt out. It is really beatiful to look at. The staying power on this perfume is amazing. I used to smell it on my clothes and in my hair the next day! I am so disappointed that they discontinued it. I would love to have a new one in my collection. It really is a sexy fragrance and makes you feel sexy. I agree with some of the others that this is a winter fragrance.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Favorite perfume! So disappointed it has been discontinued in Australia. It's very delicate, youthful, and feminine without being to girl or flowery... My favorite part is the undertones of gardenia. the only thing is the scent doesn't last too long unless you get the eau de parfum which is a bit powerful at first. for best value and a subtle scent you can add before leaving your house, I'd still go for the eau de toilette.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
This gets my vote for the coolest perfume bottle EVER! I purchased this many moons ago at an airport duty free shop solely on the merits of the bottle. The actual perfume is forgettable. But the bottle is a true work of art.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
Fragile starts off strong, but dries down to be quite comforting and sexy....spicy, warm, and creamy floral. The tuberose isn't too strong--just right. This makes me want to put on cozy sweaters and sit by the fireplace.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
One word: Sexy!!!!!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
One of my very favorite tuberose that is only second to Fracas. While Fracas is potent and retrospective, this one is glamorous and streamline. It never really becomes cloying as it seems to have some fruity & green freshness playing under the intense floral for a subtle balance. But still it is definitely a winter scent.I love its aphrodisiac but intimate sensuality. It is very inviting. The snowglobe packing is absolutely adorable! I will re-purchase.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Sensitive, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Blue
I was put off JPG perfume after his signature fragrance, which, after wearing for a time many years ago, began to make me feel sick whenever I whiffed it. I was given Fragile as a gift and my heart sank thinking I'd be in for yet another overly-cloying scent - how wrong I was!. Fragile is simply beautiful and to my untrained nose has an intoxicating blend of orange blossom and peach, very subtly fruity, warm and enveloping. I can't wait until the weather warms up to utilise this to the full. I adore this perfume and I will repurchase as soon as I get through this oh-so-adorably decadent bottle.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
A strong white tuberose scent that's nothing special. It's lovely and delicate and the bottle is hilarious and wonderful, but it's just not one I'll ever wear on purpose. Oh, well. I got to shake up the snow globe, anyway.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I find it amusing that a previous reviewer described this as being for a 'goth chick with red lips and jet black hair blunt bangs' or something like that. Anyway, thats a pretty darn close description of me on certain days! :-) I love this fragrance for its successful mix of floral notes and the pink pepper (I love pink pepper in fragrances!). And I think the bottle is unique and beautiful. I would purchase this again, although it is too heady for a hot summer day. Definitely a cooler weather scent.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Hazel
A very modern, feminine, and sensual fragrance. Floral, but not sweet, slightly spicy but not "foody." It dries down wonderfully, but can be overpowering if you apply too much. As with all Gaultier fragrances, it lasts a long time.
Chic and lovely!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
One of my favourite perfumes. The packaging is beautiful and decorative. Mainly for night time use.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
I love this fragrance. I bought it for my mother in the dutyfree shop at CDG airport a number of years ago. It smells great on her -- all tuberose scents seem to. I would buy it for myself, too, but Fracas is my tuberose frag of choice, and I don't need more than one. But I think the fragrance is great and the bottle is adorable. By the way, a bit of triva: the lady in the snowglobe is based on an old Tattinger's champagne ad for whom Grace Kelly was the model (before she was "Princess" Grace), that's what I was told anyway.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
It's sort of sweet, industrial and bitter, together.. not exactly... i can't place it. It's not fragile.. it's cloying. I have the gold shimmer perfume and it sometimes clogs in the nozzle. (some of you may ask why the heck i have it if i don't like it.. summer sales and they had no tester) I love JPG.. am devoted to classique. This isn't a favourite. It's wearable and urban.. maybe better suited to a gothic/city chick with red lips, black hair and a blunt fringe before the eyebrows. Not a sexy librarian type either... it's just not sensual enough. If you've seen the ad for it in magazines.. it's for that kind of chick. Dramatic but shollow. I mix it up with others but it's not something i pick up when i want to be comfortable, confident and myself.
To conclude.. it tries to be special, but on me it has no character at all.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
I found this scent too strong, cloying and overly sweet when it came out few years ago and I thought I would never wear it... But now I love it. The turning point was probably when I tried it in a very cold weather and then realised that it could be a great 'hot' winter fragrance. It is sexy, warm, ultra-feminine floral-oriental...a good mix: not too floral, not too spicy... I'm not exactly a tuberose fan but I think it is not too cloying here, just playful and alluring, really sexy... Just don't overdo it (1-2 sprays are more than enough!). Great winter fragrance! EdT seems softer and more pleasant at first but it has not such a good staying power like EdP. EdP has somehow sharp initial note but it fades very soon and all that remains is a warm, comforting floral-semioriental scent.
(I must say that I'm not crazy about the packaging!).
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
I gave it three lippies because of the nice bottle. the fragrance is not very original, no lasting power at all. this smells a little bit like a bathroom cleaner, but a nice one ;).
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
Like so many others have noted, this is the prettiest perfume bottle on my dresser! The snowglobe with gold flakes and elegant woman inside is a very timeless piece. I find the scent itself is rather strong for the daytime, but in all, this is a sophisticated and classy scent!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone Hair: Brown Eyes: Green
I thought this smelt vile. The words "bathroom cleaner" spring to mind. Ugh