Guerlain Cherry Oud
Guerlain Black Perfecto by La Petite Robe Noire was created by Thierry Wasser in 2017, a darker version of the original La Petite Robe Noire. The inspiration was contrasting a biker leather jacket and a red carpet evening glam ensemble.
Monsieur Guerlain noted "Guerlain fans, rejoice! This smells like a resurrection of Delphine Jelk’s greatly missed original version of La Petite Robe Noire from 2009, which was evidently more charismatic than the reworked 2012 version that followed: a gorgeously rich "Musquinade" blend of raspberry, amarena cherries, bitter almond, Bulgarian rose absolute, licorice, and burnt sugar, well worthy of the Guerlain name. Back then, Guerlain's now former artistic director, Sylvaine Delacourte, explained that La Petite Robe Noire was inspired by the flavour and chewy texture of a raspberry macaron, and Black Perfecto makes us remember why...."
It is anything but ordinary, in a surprising way. The notes look scary, but it's not that sweet, it's more substantial, the heart of the note and not the idea. And it is darker. Often darker versions are billed as such and are just not that.
Notes of rose, leather, licorice and almond. Guerlain Black Perfecto by La Petite Robe Noire is an eau de parfum Legere.
From Now Smell This - "you are far more likely to notice other things, from the dark cherry cough syrup in the opening, nicely undercut with bitter almond, to the smoky tea nestled on a very clean patchouli in the base. The top notes are sweet, but not overly so unless you apply lavishly, and after that, it's far drier than I would have expected. It's also darker — you'd expect darker, of course, from the reference to the black perfecto jacket, but it's always a surprise when a brand actually delivers on the promise."
From the Non-Blonde - "Guerlain's Black Perfecto offers an added light, summer-weight leather note to the cherry. It's tasteful in a way that certain popular leather-cherry tobacco perfumes usually aren't, but it's also sheerer and far less long-lasting than I'd like. If a typical Tom Ford perfume is a commitment until the next shower do us part (or tries to), Guerlain doesn't go there. Instead they use an airy variation on their classic theme of a sweet heliotropish almond and spice (L'Heure Bleue has the more aromatic anise seed in its good versions, Black Perfecto has a slightly stickier yet nice sweet licorice)."
From Escentual - "Black Perfecto smells GOOD. It’s not entirely dissimilar from the Eau de Parfum but it just feels like it has more of everything. There’s smokier black tea, more of a prominent rose note, more cherry pie and more musk. It’s darker, richer and more rebellious, showcasing black leather against a veritable patisserie of gourmand notes. Black Perfecto is so cool, so much fun and so very Guerlain it’s hard not to sniff it and smile."