The Sample: Chloe Love, Chloe Eau de Perfum (Review & Photos)

14 Feb

So this is gonna be an interesting one…just because scent is such a personal thing that just because I give this particular product an A+, doesn’t mean that you will. But, I’m going to try my best and just base this review on what I personally like. Hopefully I will be able to describe this lovely perfume well enough for you to make an informed decision on whether this scent is right for you. Sound good?

Alrighty then. A little backstory on my perfume history: I was wearing Michael Kors’ namesake perfume for about a year before I decided to try out Chloe’s. The best way I can describe MK’s eau de parfum is: a strong, musky initial incense and vetiver-infused scent with a sweet and sensual dry-down of tuberose, and peony. It actually wasn’t my original intention to own a musky perfume. In fact, all my life I’ve steered clear of any and all perfumes that could even remotely be described as being/having slight undertones of musk.  It just wasn’t my cup of tea. I was more of a floral girl. So I was delighted when I stumbled across the Michael Kors by Michael Kors rollerball perfume. Intensely sweet and floral with strong notes of tuberose (I LOVE white floral scents!!). It was perfect! So obviously, when I ran out of the rollerball, I went to the mall to repurchase the full-size bottle this time. Makes sense right? So imagine my shock when after I got home and tried it and was hit with an overwhelming scent of musk. I was not a happy camper. So I took it back and explained to the SA that I must have been sold a dud and needed a replacement bottle. She gladly exchanged it for me and I returned home. This time, I cautiously sprayed a sheet of paper first. Still musky! That’s when I realized that once the perfume dried-down, it started to smell like the perfume that I knew and loved. I realized that rollerball perfumes have had time to “dry-down” in the bottle and after that, all the base notes come forward. In the rollerball that I purchased, the top notes were no longer detectable at all. Moral of the story? If you love the way a perfume smells in rollerball form and are interested in repurchasing in a bigger size-always test it out before buying! The scent may smell a lot different than you thought when still packaged in the bottle!

*Side note: don’t get me wrong-I continued to use the Michael Kors perfume after I realized what the problem was and will probably repurchase sometime in the future for whenever I want to wear something bolder. It’s a beautiful perfume. It’s a very sexy, very outspoken kind of scent. It’s sultry and perfect for nights out-I truly love it. It’s just that I had been expecting something else originally-but once I accepted that it was meant to have a musky top note, I appreciated the scent much more. 

 After I finished my MK perfume, I think I wanted to go in the opposite direction while still staying true to my perfume taste. I wanted something still floral but more whimsical and light for daytime. I remembered that I had gotten a sample of Love, Chloe from a Sephora purchase not too long ago, so I decided to try it. I fell in love instantly. I would have never thought to try a “clean” or “powdery” scent-but that’s precisely what Love, Chloe is, in the best way imaginable. It’s described as a “fine, powdery scent—light, sensual, and iridescent with talc and rice”. I would describe it as being delightfully feminine in a sexy, clean way and alluring in a subtle way. It hits that sweet spot between being t0o floral and too clean of a scent. The powdery notes are in no way overwhelming and neither are the floral notes. They just blend beautifully into a sophisticated but still young and girly perfume. And the scent really lingers all day. With my MK perfume, I’d find that an hour or so after spraying, I couldn’t smell it anymore. With the Love, Chloe, I can apply in the morning and when I crawl in to bed at night, I can still smell the scent in my hair! It’s incredible! I’ve been wearing the perfume for a few months now and I still get whiffs of my perfume throughout the day/night! Despite lasting forever, the scent is in no way too strong. Once it dries, it’s very fresh and pretty. All the important men in my life (my dad, brother, and boyfriend) love this perfume on me.

 Pros: lovely, lovely scent. Need I say more?

Cons: none (please note: I don’t think the price is necessarily a con with this product because you really get what you pay for with perfumes. I’ve tried beautiful scents that cost a lot less than the Chloe but also don’t last anywhere near as long. I’ve found that since using this perfume, I go through the bottle at a much slower rate than with any other perfume I’ve used just because A. I don’t need to use as much just because each spray is much more concentrated; and B. it lasts all day-no need for reapplication)

»»Price: $85/1.7 oz. bottle (shown above) -or- $60/1 oz. (new to-go size) -or- $110/2.5 oz.

»»Availability: Sephora (the 1 oz. bottle is exclusive to Sephora), Nordstrom, chloe.com

»»Recommended for: anyone! Especially those who love floral scents or clean/powdery scents.

»»Overall Rating: A+

4 Responses to “The Sample: Chloe Love, Chloe Eau de Perfum (Review & Photos)”

  1. svetlana February 24, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    I been needing a scent since marc jacobs stopped making mine a few years ago (angry!) and so I been using Michael Kors (I like the flowery/jasmine) scents. Does it have any jasmine scents in it possibly? I am desperate for a new scent since marc stomped on my heart….

    • becca February 24, 2012 at 7:49 am #

      No, this particular perfume doesn’t have any jasmine notes in it-sorry! But, a few that do that I really like (jasmine is one of my absolute favorite notes too) are: Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, Marc Jacobs Daisy, and the Jennifer Aniston scent (it’s really nice!). Hope that helps!

      • svetlana March 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

        YES YES YES!!! thank you! #2 on my to buy list when i get to civilization! ;P

        • becca March 12, 2012 at 12:12 am #

          Glad to be of help! Which one do you think you will choose? Let me know, I’m curious! :)

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