Tabac Blond

Ahh, the infamous, iconic Tabac Blond (Caron 1919)…  I have wanted to smell this glorious scent in vintage form since nearly I first started collecting fragrances.  It was the scent of flappers in the 1920’s, edgy and daring and I’ve read on more than one occasion (I think) that it was a favorite of Marlene…

Chantilly

As is the case so often with fragrances of the past that are still produced today Chantilly (Houbigant 1941) is an entirely different experience in its vintage formulation.  The vintage is almost reminiscent of Miss Dior in   its citrusy, gorgeous, peppery floral beauty.  Chantilly is sexy and lively but certainly not over the top……

Tuscany Per Donna

Intensely beautiful, lush, and elegant, Tuscany Per Donna (Estée Lauder 1992) is a truly moving fragrance.  With a bold and gloriously citrusy rose, a pretty carnation, honeysuckle and wonderfully watery peony, it amounts to something a bit breathtaking.  And of course, the sandalwood, amber and vanilla encirles the florals with perfection.  Longevity and sillage are…

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…

Senchal

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…

Gloria Vanderbilt

I once tried Gloria Vanderbilt Gloria Vanderbilt (Gloria Vanderbilt 1982) and I hated it frankly.  It was shrill, sickly sweet and fake.  The carnation smelled like play-doh.  So, when I found the vintage bottle pictured in the photo above, I was unsure whether or not to bother with it, but my instincts informed me that…

Sortilège

Some people compare Sortilège to Chanel No.5 or Coty L’Aimant (Le Galion 1937), but in my estimation, while there are certainly some striking resemblances, it’s a very different scent.  Sortilege is more bitter, a bit deeper and more citrusy than L’Aimant.  Where L’Aimant is powder to the extreme, Sortilege is only a bit powdery and…

Maja

Maja by Myrurgia (Myrurgia 1921) is a powdery, rich oriental with a bit of spice at first and a lot spice in the drydown. The florals are bright, and although no leather notes are listed it’s hard not to describe this as a leathery scent. The patchouli is muddy and the cloves and nutmeg are…

Mystery Lanvin

When I purchased these two unmarked bottles of vintage Lanvin fragrances at an antique store (the bottle is a Lanvin bottle) they came in a set of three.  Not realizing what I was looking at I only took home two of them.  Now I know that Lanvin seems to have sold their most popular fragrances…

English Lavender

Compared to Potter and Moore English Lavender, Yardley English Lavender (Yardley 1873) is not as crisp, and with much less emphasis on citrus.  It’s still refreshing but where I envision Potter and Moore’s lavender bouquet being suitable for a warm day outdoors, Yardley’s seems much more suitable for the indoors.  Matter of fact, it almost…