My favorite fragrances are chypres , and it took me years to figure this out . Years spent smelling everything . But the advent of computers changed everything , access to information unending . I am a chypre girl through and through . When somone sends me a vintage chypre that I have never smelled - well you know the feeling if you are reading perfume blogs .
Some vintage chypres I discovered over the summer just blew me away !
Cardin de Cardin - the first fragrance from the house of Pierre Cardin, launched in 1976.
top -citrus, aldehydes, bergamot, clove and cumin.
heart - roses, ylang-ylang and jasmine oak and cedar.
base - amber, civet, musk, labdanum, moss, sandalwood and vetiver
Thank you Brian Pera for sending me a little of this . It is all gone now , and I am hoping for more...
Sinan by Jean-Marc Sinan - launched in 1984.
top - coriander, bergamot, brazilian rosewood, aldehydes and green notes
heart - carnation, iris, jasmine, geranium, ylang-ylang, rose and lily-of-the-valley
base - vetiver, musk, patchouli, oak moss, amber and incense.
Another from Brian , searching for more of this .
Armani for her by Giorgio Armani( original sometimes called Black ) - launched in 1982.
top - aldehydes, pineapple, mint, galbanum, marigold and bergamot; middle notes are cyclamen, tuberose, orchid, orris root, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, rose and narcissus; base notes are sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk, benzoin, oakmoss and cedar.
Melissa sent me a decant , and I loved it so much I swapped for her bottle . This is more oriental than chypre , a heavy hitter that I love to wear to bed , as I can still smell it in the morning . A perfect rainy day scent for fall . Like today , it's raining as it should in the NW . 100% chance of rain for the next 12 hours , 100% chance I will be wearing Armani for her .
Azzaro Couture 2008 ( re-orchestration of original Azzaro from 1975 )
absolutes of: mimose, May rose, iris, ambrette seed and galbanum . Again , Brian the enabler . I dislike this recreation of the original Azzaro , which I loved - a delicate white bouquet ( see below ) .
From Fragrantica : Azzaro by Azzaro launched in 1975. Top notes are aldehydes, gardenia and fruity notes; middle notes are orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang and rose; base notes are amber, patchouli, oakmoss, vetiver, benzoin and styrax. I have a mini bottle of this which I adore , it is very
feminine and light hearted , I don't get the base notes at all .
Others scents I will be writing about in the near future -
Guerlain Chamade , Rosarium Blends Pan # 1 , a limited edition , Bogue Maai , and a new release coming soon from AbdesSallam Attar centered around orris and his most expensive creation to date . Stay tuned !