It’s hard not to be intrigued by a range of fragrances called Juliette Has A Gun. I assumed that it wasn’t available in the UK and have often happily passed some time reading descriptions of the scents on Sephora. However, I was recently pleased to learn that it is in fact available in the UK and they’ve just launched two new perfumes – Sunny Side Up and Metal Chypre.
The story behind the brand is that it was started up just over 10 years ago by Romano Ricci, the grandson of fashion icon Nina Ricci and perfumer Robert (who created L’Air Du Temps). Romano’s aim with Juliette Has A Gun was to create a range that celebrates the many sides to today’s modern woman – independent, liberated, romantic, wild, fun etc. The ‘Gun’ is a metaphor for perfume and being armed for seduction.
Sunny Side Up
As the name suggests this is a light-hearted and uplifting fragrance. It’s smells a bit like sun kissed skin combined with suntan lotion but re-imagined in such a way that it works as a scent. I’ll list the full run down of notes below but it has a sweetish opening with strong overtones of coconut milk that becomes woody. It ends on a more musky note but I still get the Pina Colada aspect of it on the dry down.
The artwork created to accompany Sunny Side Up is by illustrator Jamie Cullen and it’s the perfect fit. It’s colourful, bright, poppy, cheeky and fun which is also exactly how I’d also describe the fragrance.
Amyris Sandalwood, Jasmine Lactone, Vanilla Absolute
Sandalwood Accord, Iris Butter Absolute, Jasmine Sambac Absolute
Ambrette, Iso E Super, Salicylate
Sunny Side Up is available from Harvey Nichols and is £85 for 50ml and £110 for 100 ml
This fragrance is a lot more weighty compared with Sunny Side Up. Chypre’s are one of my favourite fragrance families and this is underscored with the classic elements of this chord. However, there’s a metallic twist to the traditional bergamot, amber and patchouli chypre base that you wouldn’t think would work but actually is rather amazing and beautiful.
I really love the copper-like tang and sparkling quality of this fragrance. It’s different and interesting while still being extremely wearable. Out of the two it’s the one I’ve been reaching for the most and it also happens to be the more expensive. It’s an new addition to the brand’s Luxury Collection which includes the scents that are more opulent than you’d find in the classic collection but still retain the signature Juliette Has A Gun edge to them.
Bergamot, Pink Berry
Iris, Patchouli Essence, Extreme Amber
Ambroxan, White Musk, Tonka Bean Absolute
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