“Demonic sweetness seeping from a gardenia petal.” That’s like the most black metal fragrance copy that I’ve ever read.
Illuminum Black Gardenia opens as a blue cheese-ish gardenia with this fuzzy peach. I can say that I’m smitten. I pick up on that tart, humid black currant. Let me add that this fragrance is thick and strong. This is not a sheer white floral. This one has some meat on its bones and some may argue too much meat on its bones. Black Gardenia is a white floral and rotten fruit but in a good way. The scent is really linear. It wears as an overripe/almost rotting fruit with a very sweet gardenia. The dry down is a white floral with a white musk, not very exciting but not bad. But, this may be because I just committed like 27 hours to wearing this fragrance and by the time the base hits my skin, I’m bored with this fragrance. I can’t say the perfume is “demonic” but I can say that it is a “darker” gardenia. It isn’t fresh/soapy or too tropical. It’s an overripe gardenia.
I find the entire Illuminum Haute line very brash and tacky but in a likable way. They’re all very loud and strong. They’re sweet and musky and scream “look at me!” They hang around on your skin forever. I find people either love this genre…or they don’t.
Notes listed include white flowers, gardenia, ylang ylang, blackcurrant, Russian cassis, and musk.
Give Black Gardenia a try if you want a gardenia that isn’t “fresh”. Or if you like perfumes like YOSH Whiteflowers, Ramon Monegal Lovely Day, Piguet Fracas and/or Byredo Pulp.
When you wear things from the Illuminum Haute line, you better be ready to commit. This line has major projection/sillage and longevity. These seriously last on my skin for over 24 hours…with a shower or without a shower.
Currently the entire line is not available in the U.S. Henri Bendel carries a few of the Haute Collection perfumes and they retail for over $200. The perfume is available at Illuminum for £150.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Molding peachy gardenia. As far as “thick” gardenias go, this one is nice.
*Disclaimer – Sample provided by Illuminum. I am not financially compensated for this review or any others. My opinions are my own. Product pic from Illuminum. Myrna Loy pic from www.fanpix.net