Between Sephora orders, subscription boxes, and the super nice folks at the Dillard’s beauty department I am nearly drowning in samples. Makeup, skin care, and oh lord, so much perfume. Recently I got my hands on a sample of Juliette Has a Gun’s perfume called “Not a Perfume.” I’ve heard so much buzz about this scent over the past few years I was excited to finally be able to try it.
Called an “anti-perfume,” Not a Perfume is a simple, one note fragrance. This note is a synthetic Ambergris called Cetalox and JHAG claims it’s hypoallergenic.
So, what does it smell like? It’s hard to describe because different people have said different things. I think it smells like a warm white floral, others have said it was wood-y. One of the students I work with gave it a try and she said it smelled “like a flower in the middle of a forest.” She could smell the white florals, she got the woods, and she got a hint of greens. Several years ago I remember reading an article ambergris and that the smell could be different from person to person. Some people can’t even smell it.
Due to its unique one note, Not a Perfume is one of the best-selling niche perfumes. Don’t let the word niche scare you because this is a very, very office friendly perfume. The soft fragrance lasts all day yet doesn’t stray too far from you. In other words, this is something you can wear without having your coworkers throw open the windows.
My thoughts: As much as I like the scent, I found that after a few hours it smelled sort of a stale metallic. I’ve worn the sample maybe ten times and at five of those ten times I ended up with that sour, stale stench. I think that’s a body chemistry thing, though. When I focused it more on my clothes I avoided it. I love the fact that the smell doesn’t radiate across the room. In fact, I have to sniff myself to catch a whiff but that’s one of the intentions of NAP. I’m not sure I’d buy a full size bottle but I’ve been considering picking up a rollerball. I highly recommend trying before you buy because it sounds like this perfume will smell different depending on the person.