This was one of my (paternal) Grandma Adeline’s favorite fragrances, if not her signature fragrance. Smelling the perfume from my late 1980’s or early 90’s bottle I am transported back to my grandparent’s house. Fendi (Fendi 1985) wafted around various spots all over their abode from her presence 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 a bit demure she also had an, albeit somehow elegant but also truly surprisingly feisty edge.
As a young woman Adeline planned to be an actress but then my grandfather spotted her with her bright, beautiful smile, fell deeply in love and she found herself living a much quieter life as his wife. Although, they did spend quite a few years at the start of their marriage in San Francisco, California with my grandfather working as a rather important manager a Naval shipyard. And she absolutely loved it there. It was an exciting time for them…
Really, Fendi is just her though.
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 many opulent fragrances from the 1930’s. But, it’s all of that with what was an updated 1980’s style. And of course the amber, oakmoss, sandalwood, nutmeg and musk mix with the florals to perfection. The drydown is pretty, poignant and gentle with its honeyed grace.
I couldn’t wear Fendi as often as my Grandma Adeline did but I thoroughly enjoy it when I do. Oh, and for those of you who love niche, and specifically Papillon Artisan Perfumes, think of Salome as a similar one if you’ve never smelled this old gem.
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.