Sometimes they return....
Nothing new, just a rendition of a perfume very popular during the 90s - and that's the vibe more mature people can get from it.
This could actually be a dupe of Dolce & Gabbana - BY (try to believe!). Same soapish, bitter and cold notes - like in a lavender soap bar. Very boring and unpleasant, and surely distinctive because of that.
Three decades gone by since, but I remember how D&G was received, and wore everywhere. In Italy you could smell it at every corner, this how mass pleasing it was. Not that being mass pleasing it's a bad thing - think of Hypnotic Poison, for example, or Light Blue (again, one D&G creation) which took European women imaginary, and every corner around them, by storm. But here, for me, it is indeed bad. I remember dislking this type of scent very much, and running for cover as for dear life each time the whiff came my way - which was very often! I spent years running to avoid gagging in pubblic.
The first time I caught a whiff of Libre was at the office, on a colleague. Immediately, my mind was zapped back to the 90s, images of wintery Florence dressed up for Xmas, and D&G lingering literally everywhere. My stomach churned, and I had to leave the space right away.
It is surely a novelty for younger generation, used to the fruitchulies and woodyrose gourmand which filled the market since. But to someone my age, this is a reminder of how in time things can come back in fashion. Even when they are so bad that they should have never been in fashion to begin with.
Onto the notes, too much is going on here, and definitely not in a pleasant way. The bitter, screetchy soapy note is a rather unnatural scent in this world. Lavender, petit grain and vanilla being at war with each other for dominance. They duel, one hit at a time, none of them ever winning. It's the equivalent of a nasty cat fight, rather unimpressive if not for the wrong reasons. Too loud and intrusive to be polite enough for the office, or a dinner, so for love of good manners keep it for your dates ladies... (!)
My dislike for this kind of scents has not decreased with ageing. If anything, Libre brought back to memory how strong it could be.
It's a 3 out of 10 from me, for this unimpressive dupe.