So if you follow me on Instagram, it's no secret that I'm obsessed with Glossier. It's become an integral part of my every day routine and has found a permanent home in my skincare regimen.
Chic, mysterious, and impossibly cool, Glossier is the Serena van der Woodsen of the beauty world. So when the brand announced Glossier You, their debut eau de parfum, you know I pre-ordered it.
According to the Glossier website, the each note and its proportion was designed to "allow the juice to be both long-lasting and true to how it smells at the beginning, without changing as it dries down." Glossier You was intended to "smell like you...creamy, sparkling, clean, warm." And in typically charming Glossier fashion, the formula comes incomplete because "you are the first ingredient."
about the fragrance
(listed in order of emphasis)
The three base notes melt in with your skin...
_ambrette: comfy, warm
_ambrox: smooth, salty, animalistic
_musk: long-lasting, addictive
And a mix of top notes say “nice to meet you!” without overpowering the base...
_iris root: earthy, green, woody
_pink pepper: spice, sparkling
*taken directly from Glossier.com
Maybe it's just me and my serious lack of depth perception, but You was a lot smaller than I expected it to be when I was looking at photos of it online. However, at 50 ml (1.7 fl oz), this is a pretty typical perfume size. At $60, You falls under the category of mid-ranged perfumes, like Philosophy and Clinique.
The weighty glass bottle is bell shaped with a strange little divet carved out of the side (apparently it's for convenient holding??). You comes shipped to you in a foamy little home tucked in a larger version of their iconic pink bag, along with a complementary sample size to take on the go, while supplies last.
My first thought: Wow. That's musky. And Peppery.
I would personally describe You as you... after a sexy, late night rendezvous. I wish that the fragrance was a little lighter and had a less heavy base. I combat the heaviness of the perfume by layering it with Urban Outfitters's Gourmand EDP Fragrance.
The top notes evaporate pretty quickly and I found that the scent that I was left with was just a really heavy base of musk.
I asked my boyfriend if he liked the way You smelled. He most definitely did not ("honestly I thought you stepped in poop"), but he also just doesn't like fragrance in general.
Maybe it's the "Glossier effect," but after the initial thrill wore off, I didn't find Glossier You as amazing, mind blowing, or wonderful as I wanted it to be. It's a pretty average scent with a strangely heavy, musky base. I'll still be using it and coveting it on my shelf (because it's so darn cute), but I won't be recommending it to anyone any time soon.