Habit Rouge L’Eau Perfume Review Budget Beauty Pick
A beautiful fragrance does not have to be expensive. One of the fragrances I recently found on my search for affordable budget friendly fragrances is Habit Rouge L’Eau.*
Habit Rouge L’Eau starts off with a fresh incredibly crisp citrus bitter orange note. Powdery iris appears after a few minutes to dissappear quickly and not return. Clean jasmine which reminds of expensive soap is to be smelled later. The longevity of the citrus is amazing as it happily lasts a whole hour on my skin. Which is one of the reasons I like to wear this fragrance. An ugly chemical off note appears which could be a side effect of the hazelnut note when this note becomes noticable. Airy luminous clean musk with a vanilla touch closely lingers on my skin for the next 4 to 5 hours to disappear and return on and off afterwards. As a whole Habit Rouge L’Eau stays close to the skin.
If Habit Rouge L’Eau would have a colour it would be white and as texture high quality recently washed and ironed expensive high quality cotton.
Who would wear this? And for what occasion? Habit Rouge L’Eau leans towards masculine but can easily be worn by man and woman. All the bodily (read sex) appeal which can be so prominent in other Guerlain classic fragrances like Shalimar or Heritage has been left out of this fragrance. It is a good fragrance if you have a job interview or as office wear. Wearing it will make you feel very well dressed in an elegant finely cut business suit.
What does it do? Habit Rouge L’Eau could be a good choice if you want to concentrate and focus without any distractions to get a serious job done. I find it quite calming as well.
To me it feels like all notes are very well kept into place with incredible restraint which reflects on the fragrance making it unimaginative. Although nicely balanced and well made I find it can be a bit too lineair. But for its bargain price at discount stores it is worthwhile to try if you want an uncomplicated and office friendly fragrance. If you are looking for a good introduction to more complex and interesting Guerlain fragrances like the original Shalimar or Habit Rouge this would be a good way to start. It would make an excellent gift for this purpose as well.
In short: Habit Rouge L’Eau is an invigorating, luminous, elegant and uncomplicated fragrance well worth a try. But at times and to some it could be too linear and feel too restrained. It can be an excellent introduction to other classic Guerlain fragrances like Shalimar and Habit Rouge.
Did you try this Habit Rouge flanker L’eau? Would you like to try it?
Notes: (from Fragantica website) jasmine, patchouli, vanille, bitter orange, hazelnut and green notes
Perfumer: Thierry Wasser
Perfume Family: Oriental
Status: still in production but bottle design is about to change (with thanks to Monsieur Guerlain for this information)
Produced by: LVMH
Origin of sample: my own bottle
Price: 35 euro for 50 ml edt at an online Dutch discount store
*I am starting a new topic on this website, the Budget Beauty Pick of the Week. My aim is to find and write about affordable budget friendly fragrances. One of the first ones is Habit Rouge L’Eau Eau de Toilette. This is obviously a flanker of the classic Guerlain Habit Rouge. I am not a fan of the original Habit Rouge as the citrus top note turns sour on my skin but I really enjoyed wearing the L’Eau version these past few weeks.
*Read more about the original Guerlain Habit Rouge and all its variations on the Monsieur Guerlain website.
The Scented Hound
August 26, 2016 @ 11:16
I love this topic and it makes perfect sense and we all are looking for alternatives to the high priced. My last low cost love was Patou Sublime which could be purchased for $45. It’s my got home from work scent and want to smell fantastic. This perfume sounds lovely…but then it got to cotton and musk which does scare me a bit. I’m going to have to check it out. Thanks!
August 26, 2016 @ 12:35
Great you read you liked it, S. Thank you! WoW, Patou Sublime for 45 dollars, amazing. I presume it is the new version? One of my all time favorite fragrances, in the older version but I haven’t tried the new one as I don’t dare too and it is not easily available either.
Normally I am not into white musk or cotton but this is not overwhelming so I would give it a try and let me know if you like it!
August 27, 2016 @ 07:19
The only Habit Rouge that I’ve tried so far is Habit Rouge Dress Code. I liked it and plan to get a decant.
I’m not looking for either a budget or not so perfume at the moment, but if I ever come across this one, I’ll give it a try.
August 28, 2016 @ 21:14
It is really worth a try, Undina! I haven’t tried Habit Rouge Dress Code but I will as I have read so many positive reviews about this fragrance.
August 30, 2016 @ 14:19
LOVE when people find the good stuff for reasonable prices. I’m totally getting a Dress Code.
September 3, 2016 @ 15:52
Hi Portia, this review was not for Dress Code but for the L’Eau, I know confusing 🙂
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