Gwen Stefani L and Dior Midnight Poison -- we hesitated between categorizing them as "New Perfumes" or "Fragrance News". Technically speaking they are 2007 new launches, but the real news are not that they are new perfumes but rather copies of previous fragrances poured into new bottles. This is going to make our task easier but less fun also if all we need to do is type an = sign between two different packages.
Alfred de Musset once famously wrote "Qu'importe le flacon pourvu qu'on ait l'ivresse!....." calling attention to the effect wine has as being more important than the bottle containing it......
In a new interpretation of this famous saying we can say that the bottles and the ads do seem to matter, more so than the perfume itself. In a more complicated way, it could also mean that the perfume is so good, it could go into all sorts of different bottles and no one ought to care about the magicians' tricks and successes in exchanging packages.
We like the bottle of L by Gwen Stefani and the ads are great, but the sad truth is that L is but a copy of Annick Goutal Petite Chérie, only in an americanized version, which means it is more tenacious and more linear than the original fragrance. It really feels like a counterfeit. It is a very nice pear fragrance by the way.
Dior Midnight Poison is an aquatic rose patchouli perfume completely devoid of personality and character. A sort of diluted version of Calvin Klein Euphoria, but more to the point it smells almost exactly like Love Bird by Nanette Lepore, which already reminded us of other fragrances. You will just have to figure out which brand image, bottle, and price you prefer. The flacon of Midnight Poison is not as nice in person as it is on pictures as the blue color is not as subtle and closer to a dull dark blue. Eva Green may be able to tell a great newly adapted Cinderella story but the scent is just a generic jus.
Last year we complained about too close similarities between Betsey Johnson and Hilary Duff which were launched at the same time, but this is getting to the point where it feels like smelling copy cats of fragrances found right across the aisles.
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