Illuminum White Gardenia Petals gained overnight popularity as the perfume that Kate Middleton wore (supposedly) to her wedding. And then everyone with a princess fantasy went out and bought niche perfume like it was on a Black Friday sale. I have no idea how or why I ended up with a sample of White Gardenia Petals, but I have one. My sample is what you can purchase now and from what I understand, White Gardenia Petals today smells differently than it did before. Is it possible that it was reformulated so that we couldn’t smell like Kate Middleton?
White Gardenia Petals opens as a squeaky clean lily of the valley with grout cleaning aldehydes. On me, it’s bloody awful. It smells like floral plastic being projected out of an aerosol can. And then it becomes generic, screechy “white florals” that are served with a double helping of powdery laundry musks. BTW – This is not a gardenia fragrance. If you are looking for a gardenia fragrance, look elsewhere.
The only other perfume that I have hated just as much on my skin as been Madonna Truth or Dare. It appears that synthetic white florals and my skin have a terrible chemical reaction. The plastic lily of the valley just rubs salt in the white floral induced wounds. It’s a scrubber for me.
Notes listed include lily, gardenia, muguet, jasmine and amber wood.
If you are a Kate Middleton fan, I’m sure you’ve already tried White Gardenia Petals. If you are a perfume person, give this perfume a try if you like white florals or lily of the valley perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like Madonna Truth or Dare, the original Michael Kors, the original Kim Kardashian, the original Michael Kors, Avon Fergie Outspoken, and/or Coty Sand & Sable. White Gardenia Petals is a feminine fragrance appropriate for day wear. It may be a good spring floral fragrance if it doesn’t go gross on you like it does me.
I find projection and longevity average.
The 1.7 oz EDP of White Gardenia Petals retails for $140 at Luckyscent.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Screechy, soapy white floral. I understand that many people enjoy wearing this perfume and I imagine it has been rather popular for a variety of reasons. However, on me, it’s bloody awful. If you have traumatic lily of the valley “issues” then stay away from this stuff.
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