Category: 1973

digging (into) vintage: Aramis 900, 1973

(image source unknown) Aramis 900 (1973.  Perfumer Bernard Chant)  and Clinique Aromatics Elixir (also Chant)are very similar.  In classic Estée Lauder fashion, there are effectively masculine and feminine versions of one fragrance, as is also the case with JHL/Cinnabar, Devin/Aliage, Aramis/Azurée. The funny thing is, by conventional perfume standards Lauder has mistaken the gender-targets for A900 and Aromatics Elixir.  While both are floral/herbal chypres, Aromatics Elixir is…

Estée Lauder Private Collection, 1973

Perfumer Vincent Marcello Green florals, grass, woods, powder, moss. It’s funny the way we rewrite gender over time. I’m sure this was prissily feminine at the time it was released, but if a niche house released this today as a masculine and used all the synonyms for fresh (too down-market to use the word itself) to describe it, this would…