Printemps Japonais de Galimard

Printemps Japonais de Galimard (Galimard 1960) is super sweet, springlike, flowery and light.  It’s an elegant fragrance with an intense fruity notes. Top notes are raspberry, plum, lemon and bergamot; middle note is rose; base notes are iris and vanilla. All the notes above can be accounted for, and frankly that isn’t necessarily a good thing.  This…

Knowing

Knowing by Estée Lauder (Estée Lauder 1988) is one of the most beautiful fragrances I’ve ever smelled. Previously I’ve loved and been associated with Chanel No. 22.  I adore, adore that fragrance…  But Knowing is astounding. It has depth, intensity and beauty.  It’s overwhelming and yet unbelievably light.  It’s a rainy day, a bouquet of flowers…

Croyance

Croyance by Charles V, Paris (Charles V 1953) is a very green, crisp, airy floral chypre.  There are thick, rich aldehydes (a bit like Chanel No. 19) that add a true elegant depth, especially in the beginning stages. During the drydown Croyance becomes an exquisite fragrance with strong notes of styrax, coumarin, sandalwood and creamy…

English Lavender

Likely made for hot days, English Lavender by Potter & Moore (Potter and Moore 1930’s) is a very citrus scent, with special emphasis on the note of lime.  It’s crisp but also a bit sensual and intoxicating.  Like a gin drink made for warm summer days of the past, English Lavender is bitter yet refreshing….

Suspiro de Granada

Suspiro de Granada (Myrurgia 1922) by Myrurgia of Barcelona, Spain is the 1920’s the way I imagine a youth of that time would have lived it –  clear and in the moment with an amiable pizzazz.  It brings to mind moments of my own early adulthood, especially in college; moments when I felt incredibly alive and…

Cristalle

Chanel Cristalle (Chanel 1974) is a super green, elegant, lemony fragrance.  And, it is, in fact, a lot like Chanel no. 19 – a another sharp, very 1970’s Chanel scent also by Henri Robert. As a floral-chypre it’s strong.  It takes no prisoners but does so with an Earthy gracefulness.  On a warm summer day it’s…

To A Wild Rose

To A Wild Rose by Avon (Avon 1950) is a chypre floral in the same vein as the original Miss Dior (released just three years before To A Wild Rose), with super clear green notes.  I believe I detect galbanum, labdanum, oakmoss, citrus, cedar, civet, patchouli and rose although I’m sure there are many other…

Si (Chloro – Cologne)

At first Si, by Schiaparelli (Schiaparelli 1957) is slightly smoky with vibrant springlike florals, clear and dainty green notes and aldehydes – Schiaparelli labels this a “Chloro-Cologne” meaning a green scent.  There’s also a special emphasis on rose, jasmine, tuberose and lily-of-the-valley.  In general, I’ve noticed that lily-of-the-valley is often a strong note in Schiapparelli…

April Showers

April Showers by Cheramy is a surprisingly luxurious geranium and lavender fougère (Cheramy 1921).  It reminds me of an old Chanel (specifically Chanel No. 22) with its thick aldehydes, florals, and clear headed green notes.  It’s cheerful and and attractive.  The retro notes are slightly herbal (like No. 4711) and a little sultry – it…

Aqua Allegoria, Bouquet Numero 2

Whenever I smell Guerlain, Aqua Allegoria, Bouquet Numero 2 (Guerlain 2011) I think of a vacation I took with my husband to Switzerland in the summer of 2011.  It was then that I first purchased a bottle of Bouquet Numero 2 and, of course, that was the year it debuted (2011).  It certainly did feel…