Category: Carven

digging (into) vintage: Carven Ma Griffe, 1946

Perfumer Jean Carles Pursuing vintage perfume has its difficulties.  Date?  Formulation?  Provenance?  Concentration? At the heart of the matter is a question that can be asked of every perfume, whether vintage or current.  It’s a variation on the ‘does one ever swim in the same river twice’ chestnut: does one ever smell the same perfume twice?  Is my new bottle…

digging (into) vintage: Carven Vetiver Dry, 1988

1988. Perfumer unknown. Carven make one of the better known vetiver fragrances. It’s been around since 1957 and has stood shoulder to shoulder over the years with the other ‘classic’ vetivers that followed on its heels, namely Guerlain Vetiver (1961), Givenchy Vetyver (1959). Reformulations aside, these are Paris’s masculine Big Three of from the era. In 1988 Carven released a…