Like Guerlain Insolence, Citizen Queen got its moment in the limelight when I was on the hunt for a rose violet perfume after unintentional exposure (resulting in a small obsession) to Lipstick Rose by Frederic Malle.
On the first sniff, it is clear that we are approaching the scene from an entirely different angle here.
But first things first: Juliette Has A Gun is a bit too whimsical for me, although the packaging is lovely, I do not care for the brand image very much. I had success with my very own Marlboro Man though – Calamity J. On the other hand a sniff of the new Vengeance Extreme sent me into the shower faster than you can say patchouli.
So how does Citizen Queen fare?
Citizen Queen was created by Francis Kurkdjian or Romano Ricci (sources vary on that information) in 2008 and includes notes of bergamot, aldehydes, leather, Bulgarian rose, iris, amber, immortelle and labdanum.
The first blast is very animalic, brutish and coarse. An aldehydic, leathery, skanky whiff that is not my favorite thing in the world to tell the truth.
What has this got to do with rose and violet? is the inevitable question here. But patience is of the essence, after a short time violet and iris come to the rescue and soften the leathery rose enough to make the whole thing almost pretty, and decidedly retro in feel. The entire perfume has a vintage vibe to it that I quite enjoy, even if more in theory than in practice.
Citizen Queen dries down to a powdery leather with floral remnants.
Longevity is good, about six hours and sillage is above average as well.
Citizen Queen has not filled its intended purpose of being a Lipstick Rose stand-in, it is leather purse rather than lipstick, but it is a very good perfume that smells naughty and nice.