Truly Lace

Punchy, sharp and green orange blossom mixes with gummy jasmine and tuberose, 90’s bergamot, and orchid in Truly Lace (Coty 1992).  Then ylang ylang, rose and lily-of-the-valley blast in although they don’t overshadow anything, especially the musk, amber and cedar that chime in slightly after. Finally, vanilla tinged oakmoss arrives. It’s very earthy and green…

Vanilla Musk 

Vanilla Musk (along with Vanilla Fields) was a very nostalgic holiday scent to me (Coty 1994).  It used to remind me of the distant past and the Bing Crosby songs we listened to during Christmas.   It is a sweet, buttery vanilla.  Vanilla Musk is an effusive scent – a bit like what Bath and…

Halle Pure Orchid

Halle Pure Orchid (Halle Berry 2010) has a slightly fruity, sweet but very clean opening in a manner almost reminiscent of White Linen.  As it progresses, notes of star anise, blackberry and orchid become much more noticeable.  And a quiet papaya gently introduces itself.  The drydown is somewhat modest with definite tonka bean and patchouli…

Sophia

Sophia is a green floral scent (Coty 1980).  And, while I can only find two notes listed for it (rose and jasmine) I can’t help but experience it is a bit of a chypre…  It’s also quite amazing how much depth and change over time the two notes create?  At any rate, this celebrity fragrance…

Sand and Sable

Thick, bold jasmine, tuberose and gardenia rip off the skin and come at you with Sand and Sable (Coty 1981).  However, despite its inherent demonstrative quality, Sand and Sable is far from shrill.  In fact, although the typically warm notes of sandalwood or the like aren’t listed it’s incredibly cozy. Sillage of this scent of…

Ex’clamation

A sharp, structured floral, Ex’cla-ma’tion (Coty 1988) is cool and very of its time.   The fruity, green punch opening Ex’ca-ma’tion is bold. In the drydown sugary sweet, almost medicinal notes emerge.  Warming slightly on the skin it creates a dense, nearly impenetrable scent.  Ex’cla-ma’tion is definitely a statement. Top notes: apricot, green notes, peach…

Ici

Ici by Coty is (Coty 1995) a bit reminiscent of Guerlain’s Champs Elysées in its watery, sweet floral sensibility.   The magnolia laced with musk is particularly pretty.   It’s delightfully fresh and as it progresses into the drydown it becomes warmer and deeper with standout notes of amber and musk.  Longevity and sillage are…

Cordon Rouge

 Cordon Rouge (or Red Cord in English) was introduced by Coty in the early 1900’s (possibly 1909 specifically) and, when I first smelled a bit of it, from my vintage (probably 1930’s?) unopened bottle, I was gobsmacked.  It was like time traveling or seeing a ghost.  I’ve never (other than perhaps a very vintage bottle of nearly…

Vanilla Fields

I was in the mood for something very vanilla this weekend.  I thought about wearing Casmir by Chopard, but it was just shy of being what I wanted.  Vanilla Fields (Coty 1993) by Coty, which reminds me a great deal of Casmir, was perfect. It starts out a bit confusing because it’s hard to smell…

L’Aimant

Coty’s classic scent, L’Aimant (Coty 1927) is a rich, powdery masterpiece.  I think because it’s a “drugstore fragrance” it can sometimes be perceived poorly, but every time I smell L’Aimant (the vintage in particular) on my skin I am reminded of its wonders.  There’s a sweetness, depth, warmth and almost wholesomeness in L’Aimant that is…