Hey guys! Well, it’s my birthday today :D And over the last few days I’ve treated myself to some new bottles – a few which I’ve reviewed already, and something in particular I am stupidly excited about and will have to write about soon.
I got recommended Vraie Blonde by a nose I really admire in the YouTube fragrance community, Freddie at Fumerie Hillaire. I found a great deal for this on Amazon so snatched up a bottle blind… thankfully, I realllllllllly like it.
Vraie Blonde starts with a great aldehyde chain up top, not soapy, but very sparkly. A lot of reviewers comment that this opening smells of champagne, I kind of get that – but there’s too much underneath for it to be so accurate. Instead, it is a slightly peachy, softly fruity, sparkling opening with a subtle hint of resins underneath… mainly a quiet bitterness of myrrh… if anything, it reminds me of a less aggressive, more fruity La Myrrhe by Serge Lutens at this point… mixed with maybe, Noontide Petals? There are some soft white florals in the background, adding a creaminess to it. It smells very luxurious.
The sparkly opening, the hint of peach, the bitter and lactonic accords underneath (including a light sweetness of cocoa), at times smells slightly like vomit. Ok so I totally just made your face drop compared to the opening… but I don’t always get this, and when I do, it’s not quite the sour, sharp, acidic vomit, but I’m not the only one who gets this association. In fact, Vraie Blonde is quite infamous for this slightly vomit-like note. Don’t be put off, seriously, it’s a long shot to even begin to blend the gorgeous opening into an idea of vomit, but it can happen. Still… the opening begins to settle quickly, and totally diverts from this (if you get it of course), and the result is pretty gorgeous!
There’s a hint of pepper, the peach still going strong, clean rose running throughout and a cream-like lactone making Vraie Blonde drape over your skin in a plush, suede-like layer. It’s not loud, but it lasts, sitting relatively close to the skin but I constantly catch little throws of it all day when wearing it. I get hints of cherry and smoke? Tobacco? Little nuances to the various bits and pieces going on in the base.
Under the peachy rose, a sweet resinous base mingles with some patchouli and the tiniest bit of cocoa… it’s cosy, comfortable and familiar, nothing jarring, sharp… just really, really easy to wear. If it sounds like your thing, I can’t recommend it enough, I’m thoroughly loving wearing Vraie Blonde!
Vraie Blonde 50ml EDP Etat Libre D’Orange £59.50 Escentual.co.uk