14th February 2018

Carolina Herrera Good Girl Review


There once was a fun fragrance that lived in a shoe; she was just so glam and fancy, she didn’t know what to do. She’d spend her nights out on the town, smiling, dancing and singing without a frown. OK, OK, I’ll stop there because reviewing perfumes via nursery rhymes is actually a lot harder than one would think! The key take away from this opening paragraph is – oh my god, this fragrance comes packaged within a stiletto and that is just the thing we need in 2018. It’s audacious, a little bit ridiculous, and a whole heap of fun. It gets my approval, that’s for sure.

I think how we got here – to stilettoville. For years, mainstream brands have been one-upping each other to see who can make the biggest and boldest bottle statement. Jean Paul Gaultier has thrown snow globes and busts at us, whilst Paco Rabanne has played with trophies and gold bars. It has been a serious showcase of eccentricity but with Good Girl, Carolina Herrera has beaten them all, launching a fragrance in a bottle that is not only eye-catching and daring but also incredibly beautiful too.

So that’s the bottle, but what is the fragrance all about and does it live up to the audacious nature of the flacon? Good Girl is described as a fragrance “born of contradictions” that speaks to the duality of the modern woman. From an olfactory standpoint, it contrasts light and dark with luminous floral notes juxtaposed by the gourmand darkness of coffee and chocolate. It is daring and dazzling, dangerous and dizzying, with many twist and turns. Trust me, you’re going to want to sniff this!



The Notes

Jasmine Sambac, Tuberose, Cocoa, Tonka, Almond and Coffee


How Does it Smell?

As one may expect from this fragrance, it opens with a fruity blast of fun, but this is not some exotic cocktail, nor is it a sickly gummy sweet. No, the sweetness and fruitiness actually comes from a rather unexpected place: almond. This gives Good Girl a subversive opening that is fresh and green on the one hand, but fruity and warm on the other. It cements the fragrance as something that presents familiar ideas with an unusual twist, hinting that the label of Good Girl may be excitedly misleading.

The heart is all flowers with jasmine and tuberose playing together in perfect harmony. The jasmine accents the greener facets of the opening, stretching that verdant freshness through the core of the scent. Tuberose, which is known for its narcotic hedonism, feels playful in Good Girl. It has a hint of the bubblegum sweetness that tuberose is so famed for, but for the most part, it dances with effervescence and lightness, creating a sense of white flowers diluted to a palatable level. It’s a lot of fun.

All of the warm, delicious stuff is crammed into the base and as it dries down, Good Girl becomes much heavier and delectable. Coffee and cocoa bring both bitterness and richness, whilst tonka adds hints of vanilla and marzipan. The biggest surprise, however, is the overarching woodiness that holds strong in the base, taking Good Girl on a somewhat unexpected journey towards the masculine, twisting what one thought would just be another fruity floral into something way more exciting. From start to finish, Good Girl keeps one guessing.

Good Girl lives up to its eccentric packaging in the sense that it is a fun, frivolous fragrance that feels very much like it doesn’t care too much about what others think. It explores the idea of contrast exceptionally well, bringing out the dark sweetness of tuberose via a bitter collision of cocoa and coffee. All of this is wrapped up in a scent that has lightness and transparency, using effervescence to ensure that things never become too heavy or oppressive. It really is the perfect party fragrance and whilst it may be called Good Girl, I get the impression that this fragrance is not afraid to break the rules every now and then. After all, it does come housed within a shoe, that’s pretty groundbreaking!


Win Flash Pewter
Competition Time!

We have 6 Carolina Herrera Good Girl fragrance prizes to give away, here’s what you could win:

1st Prize: 1 x Good Girl Eau de Parfum 80ml, 1 x Good Girl Shower Gel 200ml, 1 x Good Girl Body Cream 200ml & 1 Good Girl Leg Elixir 200ml (Worth over £195 RRP).

2nd Prize: 5 x Good Girl Eau de Parfum 50ml (Worth £72.50 RRP each).
How to Enter:

Chance #1: Answer this question on Facebook.
Chance #2: Follow @Escentual on Twitter and RT this tweet with the #GoodToBeBad.

Chance#3: Follow @Escentual on Instagram & tag your friend in the comments of this post.

Ends 21st February 2018.
Full Terms & Conditions.

No purchase necessary. A purchase will not improve your chances of winning. Contest begins 14th February 2018 and ends 21st February 2018. Six winners will be selected in a random drawing on or about 22nd February 2018. Siz prize winners will be drawn. If the winner doesn’t respond within 7 days, the competition will be redrawn. Prizes must be accepted as awarded; not redeemable in cash or credit.

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