Category: 1971

digging (into) vintage: Weil de Weil, 1971

Perfumer unknown Weil de Weil is a green floral chypre.  In 1971 when it released it might have been called typical.  Unlike today, there was an abundance of green floral & green chypre fragrances.  From the perspective of 2013, this school of green florals having died on the vine, Weil de Weil could be considered quintessential, a classic. Weil de Weil…

digging (into) vintage: Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, 1971

Perfumer Michael Hy I came to Rive Gauche a bit late in the game in the early 1990s, smelling it on a friend who had a perfect balance of chic and practicality. She had a discerning, unpretentious knack for picking from high and low style. She wore Rive Gauche and it fit her perfectly. Recently I wrote that I preferred…

digging (into) vintage: Clinique Aromatics Elixir, 1971.

Perfumer Bernard Chant. I got a lesson in love and hate in fragrance from Aromatics Elixir. There are plenty of fragrances that on the first try I found uninteresting. Maybe I came to this conclusion as the top notes faded, maybe boredom set in by drydown. But I disliked Aromatics Elixir. It was bitter chamomile, bitter oakmoss, bitter herbal along…