Mainstream Monday – Sniffing a Popular (Limited Edition) Perfume
My entire life I’ve admired Jean Paul Gaultier because Madonna circa 1992 has brainwashed me to do so. I admire the Jean Paul Gaultier Classique perfumes but I don’t wear them. I honestly wear bullet bras more frequently than I wear JPG Classique EDP. I do find myself wearing the limited edition feminines for summer. I find them more to my liking and the 2013 Summer Edition is no exception.
Classique Summer 2013 is a lighter version. It’s not a “new” perfume but merely an interpretation of Classique for hot, humid weather. My beef with Classique EDP is that I always felt it wore me and not in a good way. It’s like the perfume equivalent of too much eye makeup – some people look great in it but I just look like I’m trying too hard.
Classique Summer opens with citrus and powdery rose. Heady, humid white florals fade to a heart of soft, powdery abstract florals. It becomes more powdery with wear and is like a sweet orris powder puff.
Unfortunately brands like Ed Hardy have ruined inked/tattoo designs for the rest of us. We now associate “inked” merch with d-bags. However, I do find Jean Paul Gaultier’s bottles are an exception. They are actually beautiful in person. The print honors traditional Japanese tattoo art/irezumi…and to me it reminds me of gorgeous kimono/yuzen prints. The colors used are pale peach, navy, crimson…I love it. Is it the cutest JPG limited edition bottle? No, not in my opinion, but I like it. I’m not inspired to wear more pale peach and navy together…
Notes listed include rose, orange blossom, Sicilian clementine, jasmine sambac, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, white iris, vanilla, musk and amber. Launched 2013.
Give this limited edition a try if you like powdery florals. Or if you like perfumes like Chloé Love Chloé, Prada Infusion d’Iris, Jean Paul Gaultier Classique, Bvlgari Pour Femme and/or Oscar de la Renta Esprit d’Oscar.
For a summer fragrance that is an EDT, I think that projection and longevity is average. Some people have complained about the longevity. I like it because it isn’t overbearing and I get about 6-8 hours of wear from it. That’s enough Classique for people like me.
The 3.4 oz EDT retails for $69 at Nordstrom.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Classique interpreted for summer: Powdery orange blossom and iris floral. If you own the original one, do you need this one? No. But, if you found the original “too heavy”, then try this lighter version.
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