We've all made some irresponsible retail choices, but only Glossier can make you buy a perfume without smelling it beforehand. And that's exactly what we did. But can you blame us?

First of all, it's Glossier.  You know - the 'cool East Coast it-girl' line that tends to make only one product of each kind, but make it very well? Yeah, them. Glossier You was then never going to smell so completely shit that you couldn't regift it if you needed to. Secondly, all the reviews that have surfaced have two common properties; they are both positive and infuriating.

No one could outright tell you exactly what the hell GY smelled like, they just knew they dug it. It was like everyone was speaking around the scent, rather than of it. Rumours abounded. So-and-so said it smelled like a boyfriend's t-shirt, others like a powdery bouquet. Then some said it reminded them of this perfume, no, that perfume, then  someone at the office had heard it didn't smell like perfume at all - but actually just like a really clean human. TICKLE US INTRIGUED. We closed our eyes, pressed 'proceed' to checkout, and let the image of an end-of-month diet of popcorn and water pass without regret. Then it arrived.


get to the point there, m8

Right, so. Glossier have the following listed as their ingredients, in order of emphasis: 

The three base notes melt in with your skin...
_ambrette: comfy, warm
_ambrox: smooth, salty, animalistic
_musk: long-lasting, addictive

And a mix of top notes say “nice to meet you!” without overpowering the base...
_iris root: earthy, green, woody
_pink pepper: spice, sparkling

What does that translate to IRL? To us, Glossier You is grown-up, smoky, sexy, thick and warm. It's the wiff of your perfume you get while pulling off the shirt you've been wearing all day. It's peppered Turkish delight, and the freshness of a last look in the mirror before stepping out for the evening. It speaks of whiskey and brushed jersey next to a cosy fire in a chic country lodge. It's reckless in a cute way like Mila Kunis in Black Swan. So, yeah - look, it ain't easy to describe.

Our Ed's boyfriend had this to say to her on the impossibility to pin any one description down: 'When I smell it, it's like all my other senses are gone. It's a mystery that doesn't want to be known. I'll know it when I see it, but right now, all I can say is that it smells like you.'

By god, they are good them Glossier, aren't they? THEY ARE SO DAMN GOOD. HOW? If you think you can narrow the description down to something less ethereal, give it a go in the comments. 


ingredient check

SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Parfum/Fragrance, Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Farnesol (plant or animal-derived) Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Limonene.

Almost all of these ingredients have warnings listed on the EWG website - the EWG being the Environmental Working Group, who are on a 'mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.' They are the peeps we turn to for our ingredient checks, and we trust their judgement because we trust their methods. If you are worried about a particular health concern that might be triggered through using fragrance, consult your care provider before use.