So I thought about bringing you my favourite everyday products in beauty and makeup. And when I say everyday, I really mean everyday. I’m going to introduce to you the products I use on a daily basis – some of them for years and which I love and probably will love for a long time.
I’m starting off this series by the product in my beauty and makeup routine I’ve been using for the longest I believe – I guess it’s in my collection for about 4 years now. I stumbled across this perfume in December 2012 as I was doing my christmas shopping and wanted to use a new perfume. I never spent much money on perfume, and purchased the ones from the drugstore like Bruno Banani and Christina Aguilera. Don’t get me wrong, they are pretty good for drugstore brands, but that’s what they are and you’ll know the difference once you’re using more expensive perfumes. They just stay on longer and are intense and more thoughtful with their scents. Anyhow, so I tested a few ones and somehow reached for the “D&G 3 L’IMPÉRATRICE” and got hooked on it. Throughout the years I got asked a couple of times what perfume I am using and everyone liked the way it smelled. I used some other perfumes from time to time but I always got back to this one and this is by far my all time favourite! That’s why I’m starting my series with this one.
A little backstory
from left to right: 1 LE BATELEUR – 6 L’AMOUREUX – 11 LA FORCE – 18 LA LUNE – 10 LA ROUE DE LA FORTUNE – 3 L’IMÉRATRICE
The perfume is part of the D&G Anthology which was a 2009 released collection of limited edition fragrances. The inspiration behind these fragrances were tarot card, therefore although every fragrance has the simple identical glass bottle, all scents come in different colors. Maybe you stumbled across the add campaign back then – where the models (female and male) stripped down their white bath robes to George Michaels “Freedom”. It featured Naomi Campbell, Eva Herzigova and Claudia Schiffer for the female scents and Noah Mills, Fernando Fernandes and Tyson Ballou for the male scents. Later on the company released two more fragrances named 14 LA TEMPERANCE and 21 LE FOU. The be honest I barely see any of the other scents in stores and never tried them. The only one I keep seeing everywhere is my beloved No° 3 and there’s a reason behind it.
L’Impératrice means “The Empress” (dt. Kaiserin) and therefore the official description to this perfume released by D&G itself suits this delicious scent pretty well:
“Flamboyant and energetic, for L’Impératrice life is a movie and she is its heroine. All heads turn when she enters a room. Vibrant, magnetic she exudes charisma and force of character.“
The top notes of this perfume are fruity and somehow unusual as they include rhubarb, red currant, and kiwi. The rhubarb part is what got me addicted to this perfume – it was the first thing I noticed about it and the scent of if stuck so long with me,I fell in love with it.
Then the heart notes strikes you with fresh watermelon and pink cyclamen.
To round it up the base notes are some musky notes, sandalwood and grapefruit wood.
The combination makes it so fresh, light and clean. It smells kinda sexy and feminine yet sweet and innocent. A little goes a long way with this one. I find it very pleasing and it stays on very nicely.
Where can I get it?
Of course online or in every store that sells perfume (not only the drugstore perfume of course). You can grab 3.3 oz/ 100 ml for 78 € or you get a grip of the 1,6 oz/ 50 ml bottle for 55 €. Depends on where you’re purchasing it from, you can get it a bit cheaper, but be careful when purchasing it for a super cheap price – this might be a scam and not the original perfume!
I highly recommend to try it out and fall in love with it – like I did!