I have to admit that I neglect getting to the local shops to check out new releases as I am probably the furthest from somebody who loves to go shopping…especially at the mall. But we had to head to the local Galleria (the local posh mall) this past weekend. While there, I was really curious to check out the Les Parfums Louis Vuitton collection that was released last year. Not surprisingly, the display at the store was understated and luxurious and the bottles were simple and chic (and graced with some hefty weight). What I loved most was a coffret set of all 7 of the perfumes in 10 ml bottles. It was cute, and again, packaged perfectly. The sales associate was as gracious and accommodating with my many questions and when I asked if I could get samples, stepped away and then returned with a small bag filled with the complete set. In the next couple of days, I went through all of the line and made the following determination…
the collection is nice, but nothing more. I really wanted to love each and every one of these, but all of them seemed to have been conceived in a laboratory with a void of any emotion; they just exist. I know, perfumes are meant to smell pretty…but these just lack any depth. Now, don’t get me wrong, they are pleasant enough, but I was expecting the finest, finished, smooth creations, like the most luxurious Louis Vuitton bag…instead I got a no name brand bag from Macy’s.
It’s hard writing about perfumes that you don’t love…but I will say that my favorite out of the bunch (and that’s not saying much) is Matière Noire, a woody rose combination that opens with a lovely blackcurrent note but which fades to a pleasant, but nondescript sweetened patchouli. From the Louis Vuitton website:
A blend of dark wood and white flowers ventures into a world of mystery. Exploring the universe is the ultimate travel fantasy and most thrilling adventure. Matière Noire plumbs intangible depths with a journey through the darkest, most precious woods, namely patchouli and Laos agarwood. The agarwood’s animal notes are intensified by blackcurrant and contrasted with the whiteness of narcissus and jasmine, a floral vibration that cuts the darkness like a comet. Plumes of sacred notes unfurl on the skin. The disruption is total, almost mystical.
My second choice would be Turbulences, an earthy and big and bold tuberose perfume that gets taken over by a musky jasmine that quickly fades away. From the Louis Vuitton website:
An extreme tuberose to stir the heart. Discovering faraway lands can sometimes feel like soaring among the clouds. Inspired by a feeling akin to love at first sight, the perfume Turbulences pays tribute to the most narcotic of flowers: the tuberose. Here, it fuses with the most precious petals of jasmine. A light touch of leather, and you swoon. Intensely. Deliciously.
Overall, I would give the collection a 3 bone rating. Nothing bad, but nothing great. The perfumes, for a rather hefty price, seem to fade rather quickly. Overall, this was a big disappointment to me as there was so much promise with the launch of this collection.
You can learn about the full collection at the Louis Vuitton website. Each perfume costs $240 for 100 ml eau de parfum. The cute coffret set is $290.