Just in time for Valentine's is the latest fragrance release from the house of Chloé. This year sees an update to the Love Story lineup, whose scents were created by perfumer Anne Flipo. The Eau Sensuelle rendition takes on board Domitille Bertier for a squarely female team behind the scent and delivers a sophisticated impression of Parisian romance in the golden evening hours.
The inspiration behind the Love Story franchise is that of love in Paris – specifically, the Pont des Arts where thousands of padlocks are left on the famous bridge. It synthesises its physical inspiration with a campaign starring French actress Clémence Poésy on the banks of the Seine, photographed by Inez & Vinoodh.
As for the juice itself, it's a suitable update to the original and adopts a refined version of feminine sensuality. Radiant orange blossom and heliotropes give the top and heart notes of Eau Sensuelle an addictive wanna-bury-your-nose-in-it kind of warmth. It's offset by a velvety sandalwood that verges on cashmere-like. It's a great choice of a wood base that enhances and softens the scent's floral and fruity notes – its tart lemon and yuzu bursts in the opening are tempered brilliantly.
The effect is not far off from its photography and videos. You get a sense of feminine sophistication subverted – traditionally overpowering fruit and floral notes are softened and gain a musky effect that shows a refined and balanced take on scents.
Love Story Eau Sensuelle also differs from its siblings in that it comes in an Eau de Parfum concentration – which naturally makes the scent a little weightier and longer lasting. We think this one's a great scent for everyday, but it works best on cold days that call for a soft and musky floral perfume.