Love, Chloé Purse Spray review, photos

Friday, April 27, 2012

The product: Chloé Love, Chloé Eau de Parfum Purse Spray

I have, admittedly, been sitting on this review for quite a while – but can you blame me? There’s something just so utterly photogenic about a well-designed perfume bottle, and the purse-sized Love, Chloé is no exception.

Anyhow; I ended up being more than a little overwhelmed by the chic gold casing of this particular flacon, and the number of photos I had sitting on my computer was… a bit intimidating, to say the least.

The scent

Love, Chloé is described as “[the embodiment] of all the olfactory vocabulary of cosmetics… a fine, powdery scent, light and sensual with a flowery wake, iridescent and musky with talc and rice.” And, to be entirely honest, I don’t think it can be put any more succinctly than that.

Created by Louise Turner and Nathalie Cetto-Gracia (Givaudain), Love, Chloé features top notes of orange blossom and pink pepper; heart notes focusing on iris absolute, but adding a blend of lilac, hyacinth, wisteria blossom, and heliotropine (for its suggestion of almond and vanilla); and finally, base notes of musk, talc, and rice powder.

What I love about this scent is how effortlessly feminine it is - feminine, not the overly-powdered girlishness of so many celebrity fragrances. It’s certainly not for everyone (my sister, who hates powder notes, can’t stand this one), but I was quite surprised to feel as strongly about it as I do.

The blend of powders, florals, and musks is just so, and despite quite disliking about the original Chloé, I’ve been reaching for this one much more often than I’d anticipated.

The packaging

The Love, Chloé Purse Spray is actually a small, refillable casing about 3 1/2″ tall and 1 3/4″ wide. Its build is plastic, surprisingly, with a glossy outer finish – giving it a more expensive feel without sacrificing its lightweight nature.

The refills (10ml x3) are the usual glass-and-spray combination, and fit quite securely into the bottle. The chained lid is a good fit as well; it’s nice not to have to worry about losing the cap on the go, and it sits snugly enough that I wouldn’t worry about it coming off in my bag.

My one qualm with the entire product is the twist-off base – I changed the refill just to see how it would go, and warped the slot a bit while I was at it. The purse spray is limited edition at the moment (and I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’s still on shelves), but I’d really like to see it added to the permanent Love, Chloé lineup.

In which case: it would be really nice to see the addition of a metal base, Chloé!

The bottom line

Packaging aside, I fell a bit in love with Love, Chloé this winter. It’s not my typical sort of scent (I tend to stray more toward unisex fragrances; think amber and patchouli rather than soap and citrus), but it snuck under my skin and I couldn’t (didn’t even want to) get it out.

Love, Chloé smells like something from the past; a classy, demure blend of powder and florals that would pair just as well with ’40s hair and red lips as it would with a neutral eye and a silk shift.

» find it

Surprisingly, the information I have on hand says that the Love, Chloé Purse Spray can be found at Holt Renfrew and select Bay stores for $82 in Canada, while Lord & Taylor and Saks’ online shops list it at $95 US. So, don’t quote me on the prices, but they should be a good estimate if you’re headed in-store to pick this up!

And, just before you go: if you’re thinking of trying this (but you’re not sure if you’ll love it), there’s currently a Chloé and Love, Chloé miniature duo for a mere $12 at Sephora. (I’m not sure if anyone else has noticed, but–I’m a total sucker for miniatures.)

(They’re just so cute. How could  you not love them?)

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7 Responses to “Love, Chloé Purse Spray review, photos”

  1. mostlysunnybunny, on April 27th, 2012 at 7:05 am said:

    The FIRST thing I did when I saw this post, was to give the link to my bestie who was on MSN and said:" I'd DIE happily if I could ever take pictures like these!" Gosh they're glorious!

    Just for the packaging alone I'd love to lay my hands on this. I'm also a BIG fan of almond and vanilla. So yum!
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  2. The packaging is really adorable. I wish companies would come up with more creative names than tired iterations of their brand name sloshed around with a few other words, because then maybe I could keep the damn things straight. There is one version of Chloé that I'm okay with, but I can't remember which it is…it smells rosy to me.
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  3. i am obsessed with mini bottles of perfume! they are the cutest things. this packaging is incredible. beautiful pictures as always.
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  4. Wai Yee, on April 28th, 2012 at 11:30 am said:

    I love your review on Chloe (on which I cannot comment)!!! It's so spot on, but frankly, I cannot help but be seduced by its delicate girliness, even though it is pretentiously so. I have trouble finding the right scent and I just find Chloe and Love, Chloe brings the right amount of subtle femininity. Chloe definitely can overpower the room like you said though. I guess I'll just have to keep looking for the right one.

  5. I wasn't crazy about Chloe either, so I didn't bother to sniff Love, Chloe. But if Rae Rae likes it… I shall have to pull out my coffee beans and go a sniffin'.
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  7. I LOVE this perfume and have been wearing it daily for months now. It surprised me too how much I loved this perfume. I usually don't go for "clean" scents and much prefer florals. But Love, Chloe is the perfect marriage of the 2 and makes me feel feminine yet sexy yet clean. It's also the longest lasting scent that I have ever tried–and after wearing it all these months, I still can smell it on my skin and in my hair when I crawl into bed at night. LOVE this!!
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