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V for Women (2012)
by Clive Christian

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Year of Launch2012
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
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V for Women is a feminine perfume by Clive Christian. The scent was launched in 2012

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edit: this review is for a different fragrance, I think, with the same name V for Women Fruity Floral with Dark Plum, released in 2017, but I can't find it on basenotes

An amped-up, spectacularized version of Le Parfum de Thérèse.

I received a sample of V for Women from an SA. It wouldn't be my first pick as fruity florals are not to my taste, but I asked her for samples of the best from the house.

V opens with a strange, cool and damp, melony accord. The suggestion of fruit on the verge of going bad, but without any rotten sweetness. The hespiridic notes are not sharp or high pitched, rather they provide a warm and mellow background hum paired with something earthy/grassy or dark, which I'm guessing was the palmarosa. There was nothing here to remind me of insipid sweet fruits or pretty florals. So, off to a good start.

After the initial opening, the scent shifts, with jasmine blossoming onto the scene. It's a beautiful jasmine although I wouldn't describe it as clean as the CC website does. You get a delicate jasmine tea like aspect as well as a touch of jasmine's leathery side. If by "clean" this means no ripe bananas, mothballs or rotting indoles, then yes, this jasmine is clean. But it is also lush, complex and sensual and filled out by accompanying notes.

After roughly half an hour, plum starts to come to the fore. I'm not sure why the notes pyramid states peach, as I didn't detect any. I would say there is the weird melon accord from the opening that remains throughout the scent's development and then a dark rich plum emerges, bringing a sweetness. And it is the mellow sweetness of plum offset by a bit of tartness. As the plum strengthens, it brings with it a surprizing turn towards something smoky, incense-like even. How delicious!

I have to admit, at this point in the scent's development, I took a mid-morning nap and woke up to a more generic fruity floral, albeit, a very nice one. At this point the fragrance becomes very pretty and feminine. You have a creamy fleshy-fruit and woods base enlivened by sharper aromatic facets and the barest whisper of smoky leather. I was more impressed by the fragrance's early development in which the notes were continually shifting around, making it very interesting and exciting to wear.

I should probably note here that CC's perfumes are exorbitantly expensive, and in what I find to be a rather crass move, the house's tagline is "the world's most expensive perfume." While CC has more expensive fragrances, at $395/50ml, V is positioned at the high end of what the market will bear. Is it worth it?

Kafkaesque wrote an article awhile ago stating a "Roja Dove rule" which I'll paraphrase as "if the fragrance is opulent with quality ingredients that are expertly crafted together, yes, the price is flagrantly exorbitant, if not arrogant, but that's just a part of the prestige of the scent and the price is justified."

I'd give V a "Roja Dove rule" pass if I were to base it on its initial development. But the rest of the dry-down is not nearly as exciting. More damning however, is the fact that V smells like a much more affordable scent, Frédéric Malle's Le Parfum de Thérèse which retails at almost half the price of V. LPDT shares the odd melon note, warm and mellow citrus, a beguiling, sensual jasmine, a sweet plum, and a leathery base.

LPDT was released 12 years prior to V and while you don't get the twists and turns of V, I think it is the superior fragrance. It's like V takes LPDT and adds unnecessary bells and whistles. They're entertaining, and I imagine V has used more expensive ingredients, but V lacks the emotional tenor of LPDT that makes the latter fragrance in my mind, the better perfume, as well as one of the best from Malle.
02nd July, 2018 (last edited: 07th July, 2018)
It's hard to tell which note is which, but let's try.

At the beginning, I get something cold balsamic (olibanum?). The (supposedly) oak moss reeks of a definitely inky, wet tobacco leaves note, as if someone forgotten their cigarette in a moist basement. The indole manifest the presence of white flowers--I can't tell which, but I'm sure it doesn't have even a slightest hint of sweetness. After the inky oak moss tide calms down, a woody patchouli land gradually reveals itself.

I then sprayed it on a testing paper profusely. On paper it's somewhat more pleasant. The wet tobacco is not so intrusive, I get something cold and deep, as if walking under the shade of a 100 years tree. After half a day, only the base left on the testing paper: its a balanced warm scent, with patchouli and labdanum etc.
29th August, 2017
Clive Christian V is a patchouli-chypre.  One approach to make up for the lost moss at the heart of the classical chypre is to overdose the patchouli.  It's an approach that's been done before the IFRA ever sank their claws into oakmoss.  Witness the undisputed champion Clinique Aromatics Elixir.

It's simple, really.  The cost/quality imbalance in perfumery is laid bare.  Consider the following list of the same idea done better and costing much less:

Clinique Aromatics Elixir
Annick Goutal Mon Parfum Chérie
Aramis A 900
Histoire de Parfum Noir Patchouli
État Libre d'Orange l'Après-Midi d’une Faune
Le Labo Ylang 49 (well, somewhat less.)

Of course, as none of the above smell like Aromatics Elixir sprayed into a pissy diaper, they all have a leg up on Clive Christian V.

I'm beginning to regret all the times I said how odd it is that no one's ever really followed in the footsteps of Aromatics Elixir---that nobody’s really tried to imitate it.  Bad imitation on my wrist, I'll watch my tongue in the future.
19th June, 2014

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