Age: 45 to 54
Skin type: Dry
A rose by any other name is still...a rose
I picked this because I liked the idea of rose, vanilla, and patchouli, thinking the dirty patchouli bomb would round out the sweeter, feminine notes. On me, however, this is a very straightforward and uncomplicated rose. On dry down, there's a lovely undercurrent of vanilla and musk that adds complexity to what would otherwise be a soliflore; I'm finding I like it much better after eight hours than I did after two, but the patchouli never showed up, which is actually OK with this fragrance. Lady Vengeance is not unpleasant; on the contrary, it’s very pleasant. But it’s the sort of pleasant that leans more $12 body spray than $100 French perfume. I tend to buy perfume to make a statement, to create a personal ambience. Lady Vengeance whispers; it’s more a sigh than a statement, but sometimes a sigh is all I want to say. I give it a 5 for sillage, a 7 for longevity, and a 4 for "wow" factor/originality. I see this as a fragrance for casual dates—a picnic or a matinee, for example—or even for daily wear as a go-to, but not signature, scent. And while I hesitate to put an "age" on fragrance—I believe everyone can and should wear whatever perfume she likes—I do get a more youthful vibe from Lady Vengeance. And actually, for a "mature" woman like me, that's not necessarily a bad thing. I can see myself wearing this occasionally and enjoying its simple pleasures.