I can't claim I didn't have a fair warning. My scent twin already reviewed Mademoiselle Piguet, and his assessment of this 2012 perfume from Robert Piguet Nouvelle Collection was that it's a fluffy orange blossom for the younger consumer. Younger being the keyword in this case. I should also know better than to trust a Mademoiselle anything. I'm as much the target audience of these fragrances as is my scent twin, and he's very much a guy.
I can (sort of) accept that young women aren't going to buy Fracas at their first visit to the Robert Piguet counter in Neiman Marcus (although they totally should). They supposedly want something more fresh and light, hence the airy and sharp orange blossom confection of Mademoiselle Piguet. The bergamot note is green and tart, and it pierces the shockingly synthetic orange blossom through the heart. The note list claims the presence of almond, apricot, and tonka bean that should have softened the scent considerably. Instead, they mostly add a layer of an artificial sweetener. It's not cloying in any way and Mademoiselle Piguet cannot be accused of going the usual fruity-floral way, so I guess that's something. The orange blossom blooms and expands outdoors on a hot summer day, which I guess is a big part of the point here. But my skin doesn't like it, my nose doesn't like it, and I'm left with a bitter taste of disappointment from a perfume house I really really love.
My scent twin was wrong about one thing, though: Mademoiselle Piguet lasts forever on my skin.
Notes: bergamot, orange blossom, almond, apricot, tonka bean.
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Robert Piguet- Mademoiselle Piguet ($150, 100ml EDP) is available from Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and robertpiguetparfums.com.
Art: L'Ete by Le Pho.