Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Discoveries of old formulations

Though I have not been blogging regularly , I always search out new things to sniff . Finding creative ways to acquire samples and decants is challenging . My large garden , chickens , ducks , fruit trees , honey bees ( and all the chores that entails ) keep me busy , entertained ( you can't believe how hilarious ducks are...) and satisfied . The pantry shelves are full of garden produce . But going shopping at Barney's in Seattle ? Out of my price range . Lucky me though , I have friends in perfume places and they send me stuff . And I send them stuff .
My favorite fragrances are chypres , and it took me years to figure this out . Years spent smelling everything . But the advent of computers changed everything , access to information unending . I am a chypre girl through and through . When somone sends me a vintage chypre that I have never smelled - well you know the feeling if you are reading perfume blogs .
Some vintage chypres I discovered over the summer just blew me away !
Cardin de Cardin - the first fragrance from the house of Pierre Cardin, launched in 1976.
notes :
top -citrus, aldehydes, bergamot, clove and cumin.
heart - roses, ylang-ylang and jasmine oak and cedar.
base  - amber, civet, musk, labdanum, moss, sandalwood and vetiver
 Thank you Brian Pera for sending me a little of this . It is all gone now , and I am hoping for more...

Sinan by Jean-Marc Sinan - launched in 1984.
top - coriander, bergamot, brazilian rosewood, aldehydes and green notes
heart - carnation, iris, jasmine, geranium, ylang-ylang, rose and lily-of-the-valley
base - vetiver, musk, patchouli, oak moss, amber and incense.
Another from Brian , searching for more of this  .

Armani for her by Giorgio Armani( original sometimes called Black ) -  launched in 1982.
notes :
top - aldehydes, pineapple, mint, galbanum, marigold and bergamot; middle notes are cyclamen, tuberose, orchid, orris root, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, rose and narcissus; base notes are sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk, benzoin, oakmoss and cedar.
Melissa sent me a decant , and I loved it so much I swapped for her bottle . This is more oriental than chypre , a heavy hitter that I love to wear to bed , as I can still smell it in the morning . A perfect rainy day scent for fall . Like today , it's raining as it should in the NW . 100% chance of rain for the next 12 hours , 100% chance I will be wearing Armani for her .

Azzaro Couture 2008   ( re-orchestration of original Azzaro from 1975 )
absolutes of: mimose, May rose, iris, ambrette seed and galbanum . Again , Brian the enabler . I dislike this recreation of the original Azzaro , which I loved - a delicate white bouquet ( see below ) .

From Fragrantica : Azzaro by Azzaro launched in 1975. Top notes are aldehydes, gardenia and fruity notes; middle notes are orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang and rose; base notes are amber, patchouli, oakmoss, vetiver, benzoin and styrax. I have a mini bottle of this which I adore , it is very
feminine and light hearted , I don't get the base notes at all .

Others scents I will be writing about in the near future -

Guerlain Chamade , Rosarium Blends Pan # 1 , a limited edition , Bogue Maai , and a new release coming soon from AbdesSallam Attar centered around orris and his most expensive creation to date . Stay tuned !


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Victoria Lee said...

I like your blogs very much, I always do. And I am so excited to share this experience with your readers. I just recently tried Women's Perfume from Perfumora.com and it was out of this world but this one that you mentioned is next on my list.