Enjoli 

This is super sharp at the start (Charles of the Ritz 1978). The aldehydes and florals, with a very clear orris root and hyacinth, are intensely green. Enjoli could be called soapy but it’s practically too soapy to be called soapy… It almost becomes something else in a very 1980’s way.  Almost medical?  Matter of fact, this fragrance is the reason I was afraid of 1980’s and 70’s scents for years – I recall Enjoli from my childhood. It used to seem profoundly aloof… Now, however, I appreciate it. And yet, unlike how it was worn in the decade it primarily belongs to in my imagination, I will certainly not be dousing myself in it. A few sprays are more than enough to project well.  

Top notes: aldehydes, green notes, peach, hiacynth and bergamot.  Middle notes: carnation, tuberose, orchid, orris root, jasmine and rose.  Base notes: sandalwood, amber, musk, vanilla, oakmoss and cedar.

Senchal

2015-06-12 17.43.48

Sharp, sweet and beautifully musky, Senchal (Charles of the Ritz 1981) is a heavy scent.  It’s frothy and rich with a warm vetiver note that surfaces from a depth of spices, florals (particularly tuberose), aldehydes and a surprisingly elegant note of pineapple.

It’s an interesting fragrance. It reminds me of a cross between a vintage scent from the 1920’s or 30’s and one from the 80’s. I’m guessing that that’s the mixture of the musk, tuberose (1980’s) and the benzoin, orris root and aldehydes (1920’s).  The drydown is especially nice – lots of floral and delicious citrus.

Top notes: aldehydes, pineapple, orange blossom, bergamot and lemon.  Middle notes: carnation, tuberose, lilac, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang and rose.  Base notes: labdanum, amber, cinnamon, musk, benzoin, vanilla, vetiver and cedar. The fragrance features spicy notes, amber and floral notes.