Out of the woods. That's what I've been looking for. Tired of woody, cedar-y incens-y scents i've been craving clean soapy powder. Something which I can wear to work on days when Chanel 19 is too angry, Caleche is too racy, and No 5 is too vavavoom. Reading the description of Love, Chloe as inspired by Coty's airspun powder, I hoofed it over to Saks to try some. Initially, the opening is indeed powdery, but without any touch of vanilla or sweetener. There is reminiscence of YSL's Paris and Balenciaga's Le Dix in the overall sense of primness and prettiness. I wish more of the iris present in the first wet blast came out to play longer. In many ways this is an "almost" scent. There are enough facets of it that I really like and it's almost "there", but not quite.
This is not a scent for butch days. This is the scent of pretty, clean, girly, and, well- yes- boring young maidens. The thing is, the initial blast is the part I really really like. It has no cloying aldehydes in it, no hit-you-over-the-head violet of Lipstick Rose. It's soft but definitely has a backbone. No, it's not perfume mastery, but it totally fits the bill for that clean, put-together, work-appropriate scent.
However, very quickly the heart of Love, Chloe appears. And it's - you guessed it - Chloe. The hyacinth/rose screechiness that sent me running away from my first whiff and won it the disdain of Luca Turin and Chandler Burr appears and really stays for the duration, although it is toned down a bit by the reformulation. But can I blame a Chloe flanker for smelling like Chloe? Really, no. And there is still enough of that clean/freshly-washed character in there that a small bottle may find its way in the rotation. Lasting power is excellent and sillage is quite decent.