Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir
I received this scent in a fragrance sampler packaged offered with purchases of a qualifying amount. The scent if offered in 1.7 fl oz ($72 USD) and 3.4 fl oz ($92 USD) sizes. The Juicy Couture website also offers gift sets in each size for $76 and $96 USD respectively. Viva La Juicy Noir is described as "Bold. Sensual. Arresting. An enticing rendition of the original best-selling fragrance, Viva la Juicy Noir embodies the woman who is dangerous in a good way." from the Juicy Couture website, and when compared with the original fragrance, I can see that - if I turn my head sideways and squint. VLJN is certainly bold, and I would agree that it is more enticing that the original VLJ, but I have a hard time agreeing that the scent is either sensual or dangerous. Wile wearing this fragrance I got a good four+ hours of longevity from one applications, and I would describe the sillage as high. I can smell myself coming from a mile away! Some of the notes include:
Top Notes: Berry, Mandarin
Mid Notes: Honeysuckle, Jasmine
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Caramel
|Promo image from juicycouture.com|
There are a lot of things I love about the Juicy Couture line of fragrances, I love how beautifully packaged they are, and how distinct the scent profiles are - you don't need to see the name to know when you've smelled a perfume by Juicy Couture. However, it is that very distinctness that turns me off the brand, because JC fragrances are clearly marked toward a certain group of people, and they all. smell. the. same. way. I hate to put anyone down or be too discriminating in my tastes, but to me JC scents are either for women in their early to mid-twenties (okay) or women in their mid-thirties to late-fifties who want to smell like a 20-year old (not okay).
Viva La Juicy Noir becomes especially painful because as I wear it, I experience a total sense of disassociation. This scent doesn't know what it wants to be! It's a berry - great! Now way, now it's a floral... umm... actually it's a poorly crafted gourmand, what the what? On final drydown, for me, I smell honeysuckle and vanilla so I would, in the end, take this out of the gourmand category Juicy Couture seems desperate to shove it into and perhaps classify it more as a warm floral. That's just me though, and I'm not the pro here.
Pros: Beautiful design, lovely to have on dresser, very nice choice for young women.
Cons: Too much going on, not a scent with any depth or maturity.
Rating: ♦♦♦ - This scent should only be worn by women in the first quarter century of their life. Otherwise it smells ridiculous and people will wonder what you're wearing (but not in a good way). Buy it here.Okay, so um, wow. That wasn't very nice at all. In case you don't believe me, please let me reaffirm that I don't hate Viva La Juicy or the different editions! I just think they are not appropriate for a woman in my age range (which is past 25 but not yet 35) or older - these are young, playful scents and should be left to the young and the playful. I know you don't believe me, I can see the judgement in your eyes. It's okay. Would you forgive me if I told you you don't look a day over 22? Keep on keepin' on, and pleasant journeys~