Debuted in 1969 by Jean-Paul Guerlain the notes of Chamade are possibly: Hiacynth, Aldehydes, Rose, Jasmine, Bergamot, Galbanum, Rose, Lilac, Jasmine, Lily-of-the-Valley, Cloves, Tolu Balsam, Benzoin, Peru Balsam, Amber, Vetiver, Vanilla and Sandalwood. This floral masterpiece is one of my favorites.
I first discovered it in the mid 2010’s. This was my first bottle.
On my skin it’s not the shrill “cat piss” or “warm and cosy” scent reviewed on Fragrantica. It’s not that it’s not warm or comforting even, but on my skin the sandalwood, amber, vanilla, and floral notes mixed with galbanum and balsam cloves creates a tangy, sexy and yet refined and opulent scent trail.
Tangy? Yes. It’s almost psychedelic, actually. However, it’s me and my skin and 20th Century classic Guerlain so it’s certainly not inappropriate. The edginess is more of an aesthetic reference than an actuality. Like a shag carpet and elegant Pucci with late 1960’s thick, black winged eye-liner. I could easily imagine Audrey Hepburn wearing Chamade. Did Audrey Hepburn wear Chamade?!
This is one I need to wear more.
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