Abano

When I first tried Abano (Prince Matchabelli 1931) I wasn’t expecting something so perfect for today. Today is a cool day in early October. But you see, Abano has a mix of lavender, oak moss and patchouli. The lavender is calming. The oak moss is uplifting. The patchouli feels oh so appropriate for an autumn…

Potpourri 

With an opening that’s intensely spicy, warm and sweet, Potpourri (Prince Matchabelli 1940) is beautifully vintage. To my nose this is mostly a polite but not at all boring violet, ylang ylang, hyacinth, cloves and rich musk scent… Although a woody benzoin is one of those sort of notes that is dominant, but so very…

Stradivari 

A spicy orris mixes with florals and oakmoss right at the outset of Stradivari (Prince Matchabelli 1950)… This bold, sensual and intoxicating scent is both demure and alluring all at once. Perfect for day and yet so frothy and rich that it hints constantly at dim warm lights and mysterious shadows. It’s a great example…

Aviance

Aviance by Prince Matchabelli (Prince Matchabelli 1975) is an aldehydic floral with, as Yesterday’s Perfume put it, a “disturbingly rich base”.   Disturbingly rich base is right… But Aviance starts with a powerful, biting and green edge.  It’s crisp and rowdy in a refined, very 1970’s way.  However, as it progresses it transforms into something…

Cachet

Cachet by Prince Matchabelli is a very 1970’s does 1920’s fragrance (Prince Matchabelli 1970), especially at first.  It’s unisex, woody, aromatic and a bit heavy.  It begins with a thick, heady burst of strong aldehydes, a bit reminiscent of Chanel No. 5.  And then, as it continues into the drydown it becomes a perfect 70’s,…

Spring Fancy

Spring Fancy, by Prince Matchabelli is a clean floral (iris, hyacinth?, lily-of-the-valley, rose?) with a certain ozonic, green quality that was actually ahead of its time, in my estimation.  A lot of fragrances introduced within the last ten to twenty years have oceanic, watery, or ozone notes but back in 1955 when Spring Fancy debuted,…

Chimere

Debuting in 1980, Chimere by Prince Matchabelli (Prince Matchabelli 1980) is a warm, voluptuous chypre.  It reminds me slightly of Tabu in its intense spicy sweetness.  During the drydown there are noticeable patchouli and floral notes that feel very “1980’s” in a somewhat heavy, romantic way.  It’s an elegant, poignant fragrance.  It wouldn’t be appropriate…

Wind Song

Wind Song by Prince Matchabelli (Prince Matchabelli 1953) was one of my aunt’s favorite fragrances. This weekend her and my uncle (they both are my mother’s siblings) were staying here to help with my mother after her surgery.  It was a busy weekend, but we were all extremely relieved when my mother came through the…