Today I’m wearing my vintage bottle of My Sin by Lanvin (Lanvin 1924). It has all the pop and fizz of most classic 1920’s fragrances with a hint of something that smells like luscious ripe fruit. Actually, it smells like a piece of fruit so ripe that if consumed would be quite intoxicating. Given that this Lanvin classic is a perfume from The Prohibition Era, “Roaring Twenties,” the smell of fermented fruit befits the name beautifully.
During the drydown My Sin becomes a bit soapy with a strong hint of smoke that reminds me of a wood-burning fireplace. It tells a story. There’s a long evening into night of wine and refined, raucous merriment ending in a demure domestic scene of soap, burning wood and perhaps even sleep. Yes, even though the name may hint at something else, this scent ends in a very tranquil, albeit still delightfully fizzy, softness.
Top notes are listed as: neroli, bergamot, amalfi lemon, clary sage and aldehydes. Middle notes: jasmine, narcissus, ylang ylang, clove, orris root, lilac, lily-of-the-valley and rose. Base notes are listed as: vetyver, musk, styrax, civetta, tolu balsam, vanille, and woodsy notes.
(All non-perfume photos were taken by the author at the Olcott House, in Duluth, Minnesota during a road trip with her husband.)