It had great potential, being the brainchild of a fashion house known for its ethereal creations. Michel Almairac, creator of Gucci Rush, developed this scent, so I hoped for something similarly complex and pleasing. Unfortunately, Chloé lacks the nuance I'd expect for its high price tag. Instead, it smells overwhelmingly like musky rose. There are some notes of spiciness in there, but nothing mind-blowingly unique.
Plus, I can't shake the feeling that I've smelled this somewhere before. I was having a sniff when Katie Sugar's babysitter walked by and said, "Whoa, something smells like B.O." I think she was talking about Taco Thursday at Sugar HQ, but her remark suddenly helped me identify the mental association I had with the fragrance. Chloé reminds me of sitting too close to a sweet little old lady who hasn't showered, but who's instead doused herself in copious amounts of perfume. The fragrance itself is not unpleasant at all, but I have the sneaking suspicion it's covering up something that is.
Chloé by Chloé ($85-$110) is available exclusively at Saks Fifth Avenue.