Category: 1970

digging (into) vintage: Chanel 19, 1970

(Cardboard Heart by Bartek Elsner) Perfumer Henri Robert I agree with many of the characterizations of 19: venomous, aloof, off-putting. 19 has a wonderfully chilling scent of nail-polish remover and cardboard. The Eau de Toilette is a floral fragrance, but less so in the topnotes, where the iris root dominates, than in the heart. The chill remains, though the acetone recedes,…

digging (into) vintage: Hermès Equipage, 1970

Perfumer Guy Robert Guy Robert perfumes are often called symphonic, both in the sense of a layered arrangement created by dozens of instruments and in the classical nature of his composition. Equipage’s tone seems minimal next to the complexity and density of Robert’s later monumental perfumes such as Amouage Gold and Gold Man. Equipage resembles Robert’s earlier floral aldehyde Hermès…