Guerlain made a serious effort to confuse people here: they launched the first La Petit Robe Noir in February 2009, then number 2 in 2011, and finally a new edition of the original in early 2012. The similar bottles won’t help much to tell one from the other (although the original is black and the other two are cherry-red), so the only serious clue to follow will be the black dress on the front, as it’s different in all three.
Right off the bat, liquorice is on the foreground. It starts quite fragrant and natural, with its typical dark green balsamic notes, and then it becomes a dark brown canvas, where other notes can blend in and change its aroma, giving it different renditions. The main one will be dark and smoked, but there will also be a muffled rubbery side coming from spices.
After two-three hours, the fragrance opens more, and lets red fruits come out. I didn’t get much of those, but I didn’t particularly miss them, as the warm vanilla sweetness of the dry down suited this perfume much better.
La Petit Robe Noir by Guerlain is minimal and sophisticated, grown-up and dark. It’s sexy in a warm but detached way, and accessible in all its nuances only to those who will have the chance to smell it from really close. Just like Fahrenheit, I would recommend it on rainy days.