Jul et Mad Stilettos on Lex is a perfume inspired by inspired by the rich bitches of New York. It’s more Sex and the City worship (a show that I’ve never ever watched, can you believe that?) in the fashion and beauty world. Out of the three Jul et Mad perfumes, a new luxury, niche perfume house with ties to NYC and France, Stilettos on Lex is the most “accessible” and I imagine they doing very well with it. It seems to be carefully calculated to include all of the things most women seem to adore in perfumes. It’s a sweet, powdery floral with syrupy fruits but it’s done in a good way. It’s had years of boarding school to make it refined.
Stilettos on Lex is a fruity violet liquor in the opening. It reminds me of fizzy cola aldehydes with violet syrup. It reminds me of an Aviation cocktail…but even sweeter. It becomes more powdery, a cherry-almond-heliotrope. And there’s davana which gives a heady, night floral sultriness to this sweet, powdery fruity-floral. It wears as a sweet floral with a faint clove spice and then becomes more abstract. It wears as a sweet abstract floral for most of the wear. The dry-down is a boozy vanilla and musk.
I heard so many wonderful things about Stilettos on Lex, so many wonderful things online. This sort of inflated my pre-opinion of this fragrance which is always dangerous if you test/write about perfumes. After trying it, I do like it but it didn’t live up to my pre-made expectations (which admittedly were very, very inflated expectations). Stilettos on Lex reminds me of a hybrid of Serge Lutens Datura Noir and Guerlain Apres l’Ondee but with the sort of fruits that keep popping up in the top notes of By Kilian Garden of Good and Evil fragrances. It’s modern, yet an “old school” feminine and I can tell it’s “expensive”. But, I guess at this price, I’ll just wear Apres l’Ondee, my favorite sweet, powdery floral that still blows me away after all of these years.
Notes listed include lemon, pear, davana, plum liquor, lily of the valley, violet leaves, rose, heliotrope, iris, carnation, musk, Madagascar vanilla, Indonesian patchouli and cedar. Launch date 2012. PERFUMER – Dorothee Piot
Give Stilettos on Lex a try if you like powdery florals. Or if you like perfumes like Serge Lutens Datura Noir, Guerlain Apres l’Ondee, Oscar Esprit d’Oscar, DSH Perfumes Guimauve de Soie, By Kilian Forbidden Games, Keiko Mecheri Datura Blanche and/or Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie EDP. It’s one to try if you like sweet, powdery fruity florals. As far as fruity-floral go, this one is well-rounded, looks great and can keep up in the conversation.
Projection and longevity are above average.
The 1.7 oz EDP retails for $280 at Beautyhabit.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Sweet, powdery fruity-floral. The brand wanted to make an “everyday” fragrance for day and night and they did just that. Unlike a pair of sky-high stilettos, Stilettos on Lex works in any season, any day of the week and in any environment. It’s a really pretty perfume that is “comfortable” to wear. However, I have my powdery floral bases already covered. If you don’t, you may want to try this one. It’s a mix of all of the sweet, powdery florals.
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