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...like the month of March: comes in like a lion, goes out like a rosy little lamb.
Citizen Queen by Juliette Has a Gun doesn’t have the accessible, open-for-business feel of her easygoing sisters Lady Vengeance and Miss Charming. In contrast to Lady V’s caramel patchouli rose and Miss C’s fresh fruity rose, Citizen Q is a moody leather rose. In order to snuggle into the powdery warmth of this Queen’s rosebud, you have to fight your way past her chastity belt of aldehydes.
Familiar from classic perfumes like Chanel No. 5 and Estée Lauder White Linen (as well as newer ones like Clinique Happy Heart and Gwen Stefani Harajuku Lovers Baby), aldehydes are molecules possessing a sharp, almost metallic attack, providing soapy sparkle with a pain-before-pleasure severity. Despite my dainty nose-wrinkling at the ferocity of Citizen Queen’s opening aldehydic salvo, I keep feeling fascination for what lies beneath: an elegant rose with a kink for leather.