Perfume Review: Boucheron Trouble
Note to self: keep an open mind, do not stick to niche scents only, and remember that your next Holy Grail or even just a very enjoyable perfume discovery might hide in the most unexpected places. Have I not been given a sample of Boucheron Trouble by a generous fellow perfume-aficionado, I might have never found this amazing comfort scent. Created by Jacques Cavallier, the author of Alexander McQueen Kingdom, Yves Saint Laurent Nu, Stella McCartney Stella, Lancôme Poeme, Givenchy Hot Couture, and a legion of other fragrances, Trouble has notes of lemon, foxglove a.k.a. digitalis, Sambac jasmine, amber, blue (?) cedar, and vanilla (according to PerfumeMart).
The list of notes does indeed spell trouble; I am not sure what foxglove smells like, but I imagined that, combined with jasmine and amber, the effect would be intoxicating, heavy and very sensual. In reality, Trouble is a robust but soft scent, its sensuality warm and enveloping. This is the first fragrance in months and months to elicit a You Smell Great comment from my husband (a rare occurence not as much because of his inattentiveness really, as because of me being a chronic underapplier and his uneducated olfactory instrument a.k.a. nose, unable to appreciate the subtler scents, heh), so perhaps there is an intoxicating element there. As far as I am concerned, Trouble is not so much sexy as comforting. The presence of lemon among the notes puzzles me, because, to my nose, there is nothing even remotely citrusy in Trouble. It starts with an accord which I can only describe as sweet and creamy jasmine tea; the jasmine note begins to fade in the middle stage, and by the time the drydown comes, the scent is mostly vanilla, amber and a vaguely woody note that I assume is the promised “blue” cedar.
Trouble is not very unique or complex, but it is nevertheless a supremely enjoyable, comfortable and comforting scent. I see (a bottle of) Trouble in my nearest future.
You can get yourself some Trouble (tee hee) at Perfume.com, $42.99 for 1,7oz of Eau de Parfum.