What? Do women have an expiration date now? Because I was under the assumption that we don’t “go bad”. I’m not a dairy product.
I try to not start reviews with rants, but sometimes I have to. I really hate the name of this By Kilian fragrance, Good Girl Gone Bad. I think it plays into slut-shaming that our culture loves to do. Maybe I’m being dramatic, but hear me out. I don’t believe in good girls or bad girls. I believe women are multi-dimensional beings and should not be labeled as “good” or “bad” based on mainstream cultural norms. Come on, we all know what “bad” means in this case…a woman that enjoys sex and has sexual desires. Is that “bad”? No. Sometimes a woman may be labeled as “bad” because of something as minor as her clothing or makeup choices. One doesn’t even have to do “bad’ things to be perceived as “bad” in our culture. Not only can we “be bad” or “look bad” but now can “smell bad”. I hate the name of this perfume. I don’t need a slut-shaming perfume. I don’t want a perfume telling me that I’m “good” or “bad”. Society already has that base covered.
After that rant, I’ll now talk about the perfume. A perfume in the “Garden of Good and Evil” Collection. Or what I call the “Vegas Tales”.
I would describe Good Girl Gone Bad as a “chewy floral”. I get rose, jasmine, peachy osmanthus and hints of dried fruits. And pickled plums. The osmanthus in this is gorgeous. It mingles with fruits and sweet violets. Eventually this perfume becomes a sweeter stone fruit floral with cedar. The dry-down is a fruity white musk. Overall, its’ a sophisticated/well composed, sweet fruity-floral with a name that works my nerves. And it’s so inoffensive that it borders on being offensive.
After this rant, I guess what bothers me the most is that this smells redundant for the By Kilian line. It just doesn’t seem necessary. I feel like it only exists to show off pretty new serpent packaging. And yes, the packaging is really pretty.
Notes listed include jasmine sambac, osmanthus, rose, tuberose, narcissus, violet, plum, cedarwood, amber, patchouli, vetiver and musk. Launch date 2012. PERFUMER – Calice Becker
Give Good Girl Gone Bad if you like fruity-florals. Or if you like Etat Libre d’Orange Dangerous Complicity, L’Artisan Parfumeur Coeur de Vetiver Sacre, M.Micallef Rose Extreme, By Kilian In the City of Sin and/or By Kilian Liaisons Dangereuses.
Good Girl Gone Bad has above average projection and average longevity.
The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $260 at Nordstrom.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Sweet stone fruit floral over tons of white musk. An inoffensive crowd pleaser with an offensive name.
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