April Showers (Repost)

April Showers by Cheramy is a surprisingly luxurious geranium and lavender fougère (Cheramy 1921).  It reminds me of an old Chanel 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 would make a tremendousContinue reading “April Showers (Repost)”

L’Aimant (Repost)

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 isContinue reading “L’Aimant (Repost)”

Nose Gay (repost)

Nose Gay by Dorothy Gray (Dorothy Gray 1938) is a pelargonium, dirty, musky, mossy rose scent.  It’s a bit woody, Earthy and green.  And, despite its sweet name (a nose gay is a small bouquet of flowers usually carried about – ie for a formal dance), Nose Gay is actually dark and mysterious with an almostContinue reading “Nose Gay (repost)”

Floral Fantasies (Repost)

Designed as a hot weather cologne, Floral Fantasies (Dorothy Gray 1940) but the rich, warm spiciness seems very suitable for fall as well.  Yes Floral Fantasies is indeed a floral fragrance but it’s also very sweet and again, spicy.  While I can’t find any list of notes online anywhere, I’m absolutely positive there are notesContinue reading “Floral Fantasies (Repost)”

April Violets (Repost)

April Violets (Yardley 1913) is a bit like Choward’s Violet Mints or Devon Violets in its clear violet note but with a certain green woody tinge it could almost be described as a chypre.  There’s an elegant complexity at first to this slightly sweet retro violet.  It’s very pretty. But then, with notes of pelargonium,Continue reading “April Violets (Repost)”

No. 4711 (Repost)

As you may have noticed, my husband and I enjoy visiting antique stores.  Well, a few years ago, I visited one in Red Wing, Minnesota.  We found the bottle of Muguet des Bois that I recently sold and two bottles of No. 4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser. At first, I was disappointed when I tried No.Continue reading “No. 4711 (Repost)”

Evelyn (Repost)

At some point in the 1980’s or 90’s Crabtree and Evelyn debuted a fragrance called Evelyn.  It’s rosy, rosy beauty is very charming.  Matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve smelled a fragrance as truly rosy as Evelyn before. Evelyn opens with rosebuds – the sort of vintage rose scent I imagine wafting from theContinue reading “Evelyn (Repost)”

Carnation Pink (Repost)

This supremely carnation, floral fragrance is musky, balsamic and reminds me a lot of Coty L’Origan and a wee bit of L’Heure Bleue (L’Heure Bleue especially in the drydown).  It’s a very early 1900’s scent (based on my research and nose) with likely notes of bergamot, rose, ylang ylang, violet, iris, carnation, nutmeg, coriander, cloves, pepper,Continue reading “Carnation Pink (Repost)”

Printemps Japonais de Galimard (Repost)

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.  ThisContinue reading “Printemps Japonais de Galimard (Repost)”