Juliette has a Gun Lady Vengeance

Juliette has a Gun Lady Vengeance

4.0

53 reviews

64% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.2

Price: $$$

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on 3/27/2018 9:47:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Sometimes—and I'm not a perfumer, obviously—it seems more difficult to create something fairly linear, since it will usually be a reinvention of the wheel. I think there's something to be said for Lady Vengeance's inclusion in the JHAG line. Every fragrance house (rose) has its rose scent (thorn).

I also have the sampler pack, and this is the only scent I can wear (out of those included). That's not to say I don't like the others, I do like some—but either they turn weird on my skin eventually, or they're just not *me.* Smelling like something for hours is a very personal and complicated business. For example, I love woody scents and Another Oud just does not work on me. And I usually greatly dislike rose-based perfumes, but Lady Vengeance DOES work on me. The Great and Terrible Thing about fragrance is that it's so subjective, and there are so many variables at play.

Anyway, back to Lady Vengeance. The listed notes are Bulgarian rose, patchouli, lavender, and vanilla. I have simple feelings about this fragrance—I think it smells delicious. So good. That's not to say I don't have a complicated thought process about it though. This is a cool, clean, fresh rose. The patchouli grounds it a bit, though it's not a main player at all (unlike a lot of other rose + patch scents I have tried, the patchouli doesn't bloom, if you will). It's definitely there, though. The vanilla is barely detectable to my nose, but there is a creamy skin-like element that it adds to the mix.

I think the lavender is the key component in this fragrance. Lavender is such a ubiquitous scent. It's in soaps, shampoos, laundry detergents, air fresheners, the outdoors if you're lucky. It's everywhere, and usually in a low-quality incarnation, so it's easy to forget how nice it can smell, and how homey and comforting it can be. It's possible this note is what makes a lot of people feel this scent is too "generic" or boring. But I think it's kind of genius. Rose, patchouli, and vanilla is a trio that can be found in a ton of fragrances for a reason—each is the epitome of what they traditionally olfactorily represent (flowers, earthiness, sweetness) and in tandem, usually create a round, well-balanced and scent that is now open for hundreds of variations on a theme. And I'm pretty sure this theme can safely be described as feminine and seductive. Also, disclaimer: I'm not that well versed in the history of perfume (and am often awed by some of you reviewers who can list and describe hundreds of fragrances throughout the annals of time), so forgive me if this is straight copycat-ism, but I have never smelled a rose scent with the inclusion of lavender before Lady Vengeance (that I remember, and if I don't remember, then it wasn't worth it anyways, right?).

So, as I see it, taking the rose/patchouli/vanilla age-old combo of seduction, and adding lavender, a scent associated with innocence, cleanliness, purity (images of fields of French lavender grown in convents, for god's sake), is almost subversive. It creates a sort of cognitive dissonance that you can't quite place right away. And the things that historically have drawn me to them usually have that quality, be it fragrance or art, food, design—whatever. It's not even that it adds an innocent side to the sexiness, or that it challenges one's perception of what defines sex appeal. It's not really that straightforward. It's almost as if the lavender takes the form of a mischievous little imp traveling into the psyche through your nostrils, just messing around with your scent memory wiring. It's what it does BEFORE you have a chance to think about it and figure it out. It's like you're walking down the street on a sunny day and you keep catching a play of the light, keep turning your head to see it, but it's never there. So you keep walking, but now an avenue has been created where one didn't exist before.

And that's not even mentioning how manipulating the impression of familiarity (lavender) against perceived exoticism (rose, patchouli, vanilla) creates another kind of psychic contrast.

And it still smells good! Lol.

When I wear it, I feel like I smell good, like really great, and it gives me a certain confidence without getting into that really dirty, sexy fragrance territory. Since the Stalwart Trio are all in their more reserved incarnations yet still projecting their respective vibes, it stays just one step back, like the three seconds before a kiss (...a good kiss). It warms up on the skin nicely but never "turns" on me. It has medium throw and decent longevity. It's fairly expensive. I kind of hate the bottle. And the lavender keeps me sniffing, trying to catch that imp.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.



on 10/5/2016 10:12:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

This was my monthly sample from Scentbird. I sprayed it on my wrists and shirt before work and had to scrub from my wrists so as not to knock my co-workers over. It's definitely a night-weekend kind of perfume! Having said that, it is a well balanced, dark rose scent with a bit of spiciness that smells virtually identical to BabyPhat Goddess. Seriously. I could barely tell the difference between the two. Not a bad scent, just a little unoriginal.

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on 2/7/2016 6:22:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This is a very generic scent to me and perhaps a bit too geriatric. Somewhat sophisticated, dark and intense.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

From Sephora, I got the limited edition sampler that contains all eight fragrances from the niche French perfume house Juliette has a Gun. As an avid lover of all fragrances rose (the range has many if not mostly rose-featured scents) and all fragrances avant garde, I have been dying to try anything from this house, and this is really the only even reasonably affordable way to do it. $15 for 8 generous spray samples of these otherwise very costly scents. I plan to go through them all and write reviews on each one.

Lady Vengeance is a classic Bulgarian Rose, Vanilla, Patchouli blend. If you were/are a fan of Givenchy's Very Irresistible, you will likely really enjoy this, as that fragrance is a rose patchouli. That fragrance also had powdery violets and lily in in though, which made the fragrance almost too prickly, sneeze-inducing, and strong, so I appreciate the more restrained refinement of lady vengeance.

As a personality goes, I feel this fragrance is a "woman" who never misses a beat who is calculated and controlled, not overtly sensuous, but has a Snow Queen's element of icy intrigue, you are intimidated by her in the boardroom, mesmerized by her in a dinner date and in the bedroom, staring after her at the party, wishing but only willing to get close on a dare as you might disturb the lady's moonlit peace. It is a lovely, sweet, and romantic perfume, but every rose as its thorn and every romance its darkness and light its shade. That is the notion Lady Vengeance puts me through, The rose though dark is not overly smoky or illicit. It is calm and cold, steady here. The patchouli adds some earthiness with no feeling of an animalic quality. It is in a moonlit garden this rose rather than a candlelit floral arrangement. The vanilla is creamy and soft, but NOT sweet or too rich. Really on me it just adds creaminess and maybe a HIGHLY subtle leathery quality.

This and Mad Madame are my favorites so far in the JHAG line as I am going through the sample kit. I also really enjoy Anyway for a zingier but still rocker chic cool masculine/feminine dichotomy alternative to the rich musks and dark florals that prevail in this line.

Next in my reviews and explorations will likely be Gentlewoman.

I also LOVE this bottle with the classic black and white and reddish pink letters on the design. It would be my favorite bottle design in the whole collection. I also love the vampy red bottle with black burlesque writing that is Mad Madame,

This fragrance is very ME (Lady Vengeance) and will likely be a top contender along with Midnight Oud, that I have yet to sample.

4 of 5 people found this helpful.


on 9/16/2014 8:44:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Olive, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Sweet citric vanilla Rose modern chypre that is somewhat representative of almost an entire category of gourmand modern rose fragrances popular today. Two stars because it's well done but a bit too mainstream sweet for my taste.

Kurdjian is responsible for Lady vengeance, Maison Kurdjian's lumiere noire, the new extremely sweet fruity rose patchouli My Burberry; Guerlain's Rose Barbare and Narcisco Rodriguez's musk oil (the latter two of which are not gourmand), and many others. I was hoping that LV would be a less expensive substitute for lumiere noire, but both LV and LN are actually too sweet to warrant FB purchases. LV is a bit more sweet -- Splenda sweet-- than LN, and LV is a bit less sweet than the bargain (deliberately plastic) vanilla rose that started it all, Rochas Tocade. LV and Tocade have almost the same dry down on me, so if I want this effect, I will go with Tocade and put the money towards another fragrance. I also consider LV to be akin to Guerlains rose nacree de desert (benzoin, amber rose, sweet patchouli). IMO LV is different from chypres like rose Barbare, which is like a light version of l' arte de gucci EdP, not EdT. My issues with LV may be due to my skin chemistry which sometimes causes citrus to turn a bit candied on my skin.

If you want a honeyed amber rose that is NOT gourmand, one option is vintage, e.g., vintage ungaro Diva or vintage EL Knowing EdP.

If you want a modern honeyed Amber Rose that is a bit different, try Andy Tauer, in the following order of sweetness: Tauerville Rose Flash; rose vermeille; and Phi Une rose de Kandahar.

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Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I had been debating about whether or not to buy this one for years. Every time I came across a bottle I would test it, and then think 'but I have other rose patchoulis'. Which is true, but I never wear them. I finally caved in when I found it on sale, and now I wish I hadn't waited so long. This is very much like Lumiere Noire with less skank, and on a smaller scale. Comparing the two comes down to two ways of looking at perfumery - 'perfume as art' vs 'perfume as toiletry.' As much as I love perfume, and appreciate that it is a creative expression, most of the time I just want to smell nice and not weird. LN was made for Catherine Deneuve and does indeed smell like the sort of thing you would catch on the air standing 50 feet away from where she is on the red carpet, for example. It's a massive fragrance and not something I could wear under any circumstances in my normal life. And in turn it was modelled on the type of Middle Eastern attar which seems to smell best if it's muffled by an abaya. LV is a pocket-sized version of this theme. Less skank, less sillage, more rose-y. For me that's a positive, although some will feel differently I'm sure.

6 of 6 people found this helpful.


on 11/15/2013 9:53:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I expected a deep, mysterious rose and patch combo with a bit of naugthiness or dirt, and got three hours of good old Tocade instead. I love my cuddly Tocade, however she is everything but Lady Vengeance.

Medium sillage and good lasting power though.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Beautiful scent. Very unique. Smells so luxurious. Some reviews say it smells mature but I don't think this is the case at all. It is just unique and a lot different to the sickly sweet fragrances that are being introduced these days.


on 1/27/2013 1:15:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I've been wearing this for about a week and I love it - it smells a bit 'mature' (like my grandma ) for the first half hour but then once it dries down the fragrance is amazing!! I keep finding myself bringing my wrists toward my nose..... It's a very sexy fragrance , very cute packaging and very expensive (but worth it)!!


on 12/26/2012 1:37:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I ordered a sample vial of this perfume to see if I would like it and I am in love.

The note in this perfume are fairly simple, consisting of: bulgarian rose, vanilla, and patchouli. Despite the simplicity, this is an extremely seductive fragrance. I will be rushing out to buy a full sized bottle now!

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