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#fragrancefiles Glossier "You"

November 15, 2017

Glossier "You." The hype is real.


Instagram was all a buzz last month when Glossier released their first fragrance. Complimentary samples were sent out with orders and everyone clamored at the chance to smell like a millennial it girl.



The Vibe: "Mostly it smells like you: that familiar human-y note that makes up the body of what you’re smelling. Creamy, sparkling, clean, warm. That’s You." - Glossier website



The Notes: Base notes include ambrette, ambrox and musk. Iris root and pink pepper are among the top notes. The final note is YOU! In other words, how the scent smells is largely influenced by your own body chemistry.


According to Glossier, the formulation is very base note heavy which allows the fragrance to be long lasting and maintain a consistent scent from start to finish.



The Scent: "You" seems to smell different on everyone. This applies to most fragrances but seems to be especially true for "You." 


Some reviewers have compared it to Le Labo's Thé Noir citing it smelled subtly spicy and woody. Others found it powdery and "clean" smelling. From fragrance addicts to the perfume adverse, "You" has been receiving rave reviews. The phrase "holy grail" has been thrown around a lot.


As for me? I'll preface my opinions by saying this scent is not my usual cup of tea. I prefer fragrances that are more complex, dark, warm and spicy.


First Impression: The very first time I smelled "You," the scent seemed to be a mix of Chloé Eau de Parfum and Dior Addict 2; a sharp, clean floral with a slight tartness. I have since worn "You" about 5 or 6 times and it seems to smell less and less sharp every time. 


The First Half Hour: When I first spray "You" I can smell two separate scents at the same time.


The first is a softened version of what I described as my first impression: a clean, slightly tart floral.


The second is a very dry, synthetic, almost woody smell. I can't quite put my finger on it but it's like a dry cedar? Wood chips? Cardboard? I wouldn't say it's my favourite smell.


Luckily, as time passes the two disparate scents meld together and after about half an hour I can only detect one, unified scent.


Beyond: After the first 30 minutes, I would say the scent stays pretty much unchanged until I wash it off. On me, it's a clean and simple, slightly tart floral tempered by a pinch of musk. I don't get any spice or powder at all. Personally I don't agree with comparisons to Thé Noir.



The Quality: I am very impressed with this perfume's longevity and potency. While it's a scent that stays close to the skin, it lasts and lasts. One spray and I could still smell this on myself a good 8 hours later. In fact, I've worn my sample 5 or 6 times and it's still about two thirds full. 



The Verdict: This is definitely a scent you need to try before you buy. While it's not my taste, it seems to have quickly become a must have for many. The quality is excellent and if the scent compliments your body chemistry and taste, "You" may just be your next signature scent.


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