This was one of my (paternal) Grandma Adeline’s favorite fragrances. Smelling the perfume from this late 1980’s or early 90’s bottle I am transported back to my grandparent’s house. Fendi (Fendi 1985) wafted around various spots and left a pleasing fragrance trail.

Fendi suited Adeline so well. She had dark brown, well coiffed hair and brown eyes with fair skin. And while she was sweet and somewhat demure she definitely had an elegant, but surprisingly feisty edge.

As a young woman Adeline planned to be an actress but then my grandfather spotted her and her bright smile and she found herself living a much quieter life. Although, they did spend quite a few years at the start of their marriage in San Francisco, with my grandfather managing a Naval shipyard during WWII. She absolutely loved it there…

Really, Fendi is just her. It’s spicy. And it’s warm but in a camphor-like, powdery and hauntingly resinous way. It reminds me of the lit stained glass, mahogany, sleek silk and pipe tobacco smoky corners of a fragrance from the 1930’s actually. But, it’s all of that with a 1980’s opulence.

The amber, oakmoss, sandalwood, nutmeg and musk mix with the beautiful, grand florals to perfection. And the drydown is pretty, poignant and gentle with its honeyed grace.

I couldn’t wear this as often as my Grandma Adeline did but I thoroughly enjoy it when I do. Oh, and for those of you who love Papillon Artisan Perfumes think: Salome (in my opinion).

Top notes: coriander, aldehydes, mandarin orange, bergamot, Brazilian Rosewood, lemon, and cardamom. Middle notes: lily-of-the-valley, rose, ylang ylang, geranium, jasmine, cypress and carnation. Base notes: amber, cedar, vanilla, sandalwood, tonka bean, musk, leather, patchouli and spices.