Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular Perfume
I tried to jump right in and review Carolina Herrera Good Girl, but I realize I have a few things to say that aren’t directly related to how the perfume smells. The first being that as I have already ranted in a By Kilian perfume review years ago, but I truly hate these old-fashioned notions of “good” or “bad” girls and all of the patriarchal baggage around it. So, I hate the name of this perfume with a passion. Secondly, the polarizing bottle seems really off brand for Carolina Herrera. Personally, I don’t like the bottle because perfume coming out of a shoe doesn’t appeal to me. However, I totally understand how it could (keep in mind, I’m not a shoe person in general) because it is different and iconic. I think it’s odd to see such a fetish-y, “patent leather” heel associated with Carolina Herrera instead of a brand for example, like Louboutin or Jimmy Choo since they are both known for being “sexy” shoe designers. Carolina Herrera is a fashion house known for elegant, “traditionally pretty” dresses and dressing the likes of society ladies, socialites and First Ladies. I just don’t associate a teetering dagger of a stiletto with the brand at all. I guess what I’m trying to say in this long-winded opening paragraph/rant is that it was difficult for me to find the motivation to try a fragrance that I felt like was some overly-hyped perfume that was a product of mismatched licensing. But, after seeing it everywhere, I finally gave in and here we go…
The opening of Good Girl is sweet white floral with plums. And then it just keeps wearing as heady white florals with some sort of toasted brown sugar. On me, it’s mostly a syrupy tuberose; the sort of thing that I have sniffed in a lot of designer perfumes before. It’s neither indolic or airy…it’s just dense and sweet. It wears rather linear until it eventually dries down to a powdery amber with cocoa powder and a lot of vanilla.
The Good Girl fragrance doesn’t offend me but it doesn’t impress me either. A lot of brands from Avon to YSL have had or do something like this. A lot of designer/mainstream perfumes present white florals in this formula which is basically: clean white florals + sugar = something with mass appeal. Anyway, it’s a perfectly fine perfume but not something memorable like the original Carolina Herrera, a breathtaking jasmine and tuberose that actually fit with the brand’s timeless beauty aesthetics. But, what I did I expect in a post-212 Sexy world?! It really feels like the fashion house and the perfumes are separate entities.
Notes listed include jasmine sambac, tuberose, tonka bean and cocoa. Launched in 2016. PERFUMER – Louise Turner
Give Good Girl a try if you like sweet, syrupy white florals. Or perfumes like YSL Manifesto, Avon Prima Noir, Estee Lauder Modern Muse Nuit, Cacharel Amor Amor, Britney Spears Circus Fantasy and/or Moschino Glamour.
Projection and longevity are above average. It really projects. So much so, that even my spouse, who has dealt with my perfume habit since the very beginning had to comment on how “strong” whatever I sprayed was (this).
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Sweet, syrupy tuberose. I love white florals but not in this style. And I’m OK with that because I was probably never going to buy this anyway, even if it were a tuberose that I liked.
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*Sample obtained by me. Product pic from Macy’s. Ann Miller pic from fanpix.net. Post contains affiliate links. Thanks!