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White Gardenia Petals – Illuminum

The infamous fragrance worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day –

“A beautiful bouquet of angelic white flowers. Top notes of Gardenia and Cassis shine through Precious Woods and Musk.” Sounds lovely :D


White Gardenia Petals opens soapy, a huge synthetic overload that comes off as squeaky clean vinyl. Aldehydic up top, with a cheap lily of the valley accord, a very subtle spice, and some attempt at scrubbed up jasmine grandiflorum – not a trace of gardenia in sight.

The headache inducing opening is extremely similar to that generic sticky scent of hairspray: a cloud of musky white florals that blend into a chemical bomb – one that similarly makes you want to cough and waft your hand around your face, desperately trying to free your nose of the minute particals intent on invading your precious, fearful nose. I almost get a “chlorine” note, it has an aquatic layer over it – but with a density that reminds me of calone without the melon.

The muskiness is always prominent – a super clean white musk that aggressively penetrates the floral notes. It seems to bleach all the grubby facets that make up a great gardenia – the fact the fleshy white petals and creamy texture of the gardenia is also non-existent means that you can forget even trying to hunt for it.

White Gardenia Petals is musk, soap, a hideous floral “bouquet” (we’ll call it that for now), a sprinkle of powder and an overload of hairspray. The heart and drydown are so reminiscent of laundry powder it’s uncanny. This is not a good fragrance… at all.

White Gardenia Petals 50ml Illuminum – $140 Luckyscent

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