Brand: Jean Paul Gaultier
What I liked:
– if sweet fruity floral scents with a powdery base are your thing, you’ll love this
– fun scent that can be worn by women of all ages
– good sillage
What I didn’t like:
– if you dislike sweet fruity floral or powdery scents, stay away from this
– not particularly unique
“Smells are important because they remind you of certain people. If you smell this and you think of me, I want it to be good!,” said the enfant terrible of French fashion, Jean Paul Gaultier. We all can’t but agree with him and appreciate his efforts, but did he managed to create something good and timeless, classique? A look at the list of notes, however, raises some doubts. Inspired by his grandmother’s vanity and the smells of the theatre, the fragrance has notes that remind you of dusty loose powder and nail polish remover. Yep, you read that right.
I’m not really sure who would want to smell of nail polish remover, which has such a strong and foul odour, but thankfully, as it turns out, there is only a very subtle whiff of it in Classique (it was recreated with benzyl acetate, which is a natural component of many flowers). The fragrance opens with a rich fruity burst of peach, plum and citrus that’s sparkling, but also has a powdery quality to it (which is not strong enough to make you smell like anyone’s grandmother).
The heart is a lush and floral explosion of rose (which here has fruity accents), ylang ylang and orange blossom, while ginger adds a very subtle hint of spice. The powdery base of the scent becomes stronger and stronger as the hours pass, until it mixes in the drydown with a sweet, slightly woody vanilla amber accord sprinkled with just a hint of earthy musk. Although marketed as a floral oriental, Classique is a sweet fruity floral scent with a strong powdery base.
Classique can easily be worn by women of all ages. Although sweet, it is not too girly. And it’s definitely not sexy. This is not a scent a woman would use to seduce. Classique is a fun scent worn by women who don’t take life too seriously, who simply want to have fun and who don’t like to reapply perfume every few hours. Classique has great sillage and lingers on the skin for the whole day.
Classique by Jean Paul Gaultier is a fun and sweet fruity floral scent with a powdery base that lasts for the whole day. The fragrance has great sillage too, but is not very unique.