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Carolina Herrera Good Girl Perfume Review

Carolina Herrera Good Girl

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.

Ann Miller

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).

Good Girl comes in a few sizes with the 1.7 oz retailing for $94 at Sephora and Nordstrom. 

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONSweet, 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!


6 thoughts on “Carolina Herrera Good Girl Perfume Review

  1. I like your honest review. Funny, I have seen the bottle while sampling fragrances at Nordstrom, and specifically had no interest i sniffing the fragrance because of the bottle. The shoe design was so off-putting. I knew I would never purchase the fragrance due to that bottle. After reading your description, I now know I wouldn’t like the fragrance, tuberose and sugar sounds yucky!
    Interesting how packaging adds to or detracts from the actual product and our impressions!

    1. Packaging sure makes a difference! Maybe I’m negative but I feel like this one mostly sells for the bottle. It’s not the fragrance is bad. It’s just that there are lots of things like this out there and I feel like they don’t stand out because they aren’t in a shoe bottle!

      Anyway, I can see how this appeals to people. It’s a novelty and it does stand out in a sea of non-shoe-shaped bottles 😉 It doesn’t appeal to me but I get how it is iconic and would not look like everything else out on a dresser/vanity.

  2. Ew. Just ew.
    As usual, I’m in sync with all your assessments. I never smelled the original fragrance but I distinctly remember smelling 212 years ago in Sephora and feeling the ice pick effect. I’ve stayed away from the brand ever since. Meh.

    1. Lol. It’s a bit of an inside joke between me and a fragrance friend, but we basically call anything that smells like a chemical spill a “212”, lol. There’s some musk or something in there that gives me a HUGE headache. And the bottle seemed sort of cool but it’s also really corny.

  3. I suspect they were going for a play between the overtly sexy stiletto heel and the name “good girl” but I completely agree that it comes off utterly wrong and off putting. Combine that with what sounds like a fairly generic scent and it just seems like a ploy to sell lots of units of perfume.

    1. Like I said, this is just a me thing. I don’t like the name at all. BUT I feel like it is on brand for some brands (i.e. Tom Ford or any other brand that relies on using sex to sell their products). It just doesn’t make sense with CH’s ballroom gowns and pantsuits. Yes, they have stilettos but they are all in bridal satins or have a floral print. This patent dagger just does not make me think of her work! It’s so weird to me.

      THEN the fragrance is just well, a fragrance. Nothing good nor bad. It’s something easy to forget, especially in a sea of perfume (but that can be said about a lot of stuff, I guess).

      Anyway, whatever works for them…good girl, Carolina 😉

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