Does everything Glossier touches turn to (rose) gold? The millennial-friendly brand has become the standard for cool and tastemaking since its launch, with the entire goal of making users look like themselves, just better. Nothing has defined that concept more than their Eau de parfum, Glossier You, which has been described by the company as an “addictive musk scent that adapts to your unique skin chemistry," meaning it's literally a musky, sultry, woodsy version of yourself. The scent is designed to be lived in, to be smelled by others but not by yourself. It's a clean, fresh scent that's not easily placed—notes of ambrox and musk make this scent feel universal. Depending on the person doing the sniffing, and the perfume's wearer, it can feel and smell different, and that's the brilliance. Below, find my comprehensive, honest review of Glossier's debut fragrance.
Glossier You Eau de Parfum
Star Rating: 4/5
Description: A minimal, clean scent that smells the same from initial application until the end of the day.
Top Notes: iris root and pink peppercorn
Base Notes: ambrette, ambrox and musk
About the Brand: Glossier may as well be known as the OG Instagram brand, creating cool, minimalistic skincare, makeup, body care, and fragrance products with a user-friendly mission.
The three base notes of ambrette, ambrox, and musk create a creamy, inviting, salty smell that makes you feel cozy and complete. Combined with the woody top notes of iris root and a hint of spicy pepper, the scent is ultimately close to the skin, or you. It feels personal and private.
Perfumer Dora Baghriche (who worked closely with Glossier founder Emily Weiss on the scent) described it as “linked to being human, which, to me, is very strong and very emotional…it’s neither feminine nor masculine. Some say it’s dry, others say it’s soft.”
So what’s the deal? Glossier describes it as “the ultimate personal fragrance to be enjoyed close, in the comfort of your personal space.” Upon the first spritz, that’s exactly the vibe I got. It’s almost addictive and begs you to smell your own wrist again and again to get a hit of its intoxicating smell. It’s not overwhelming and doesn’t overpower you—instead, it fills you with a warmth that’s almost indescribable. And what do you expect when the very perfumer that created Le Labo Santal 33 ($83) worked on the scent?
Lucky for heavy-handed applicants, this perfume can withstand a spritz or 15, if that's what your heart desires. I would recommend a spritz on either wrist, and into the air where it can fall onto your hair and shoulders—the wrist application will continue through the day in waves.
A great one—for $60, you get 50 mL of product. Two or three spritzes is all you need at most, really, so 50 mL will go farther than you can imagine. While this is a clean, effortless scent, the iris root notes can come forward in a manner that might not be palatable to every nose.
For mega-fans of the floral notes in Glossier You, Miu Miu Fleur d’Argent Eau de Parfum ($99) is a much more flowery edition—it takes Glossier You's floral notes and turns them all the way up to 11. Bvlgari Omnia Amethyste ($86) is a very purple smell—as close as someone can be to smelling purple, that is—with the same iris notes as Glossier You and the same clean, green feeling, but with the addition of lilac.
If you're into the "skin-enhancing" vibe of Glossier You, Dedcool's MILK Layering Fragrance ($90) is designed to be worn on its own or to enhance other Dedcool fragrances. But those who like the unisex, one-musk-fits-all, clean adaptability of this perfume, 11 11 Rollerball Fragrance Oil ($48) from Lake & Skye will check off every single box of your needs.
I’ve worn it for a few days now, and it’s as addictive as the first time I tested it. It doesn’t develop over time or change, the smell you get at the beginning is exactly what you take with you throughout the day. That musky, woody, smooth smell. And I've had a fair few compliments on it, too. Trust me, you’re going to want to add this to your Glossier basket.
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