Category: 1979

digging (into) vintage: Christian Dior Dioressence 1969/1979

(What a difference a decade makes. Uncredited photos of Washington, DC from 1969 and 1979.) 2013–I’ve seen some discussions online about the merits and pathologies of vintage perfume collecting. I’m live-and-let-live on this one. If it feels good, do it. But how far will you go for vintage? Me, not far. Of course my consolation prize is all of contemporary perfumery, so…

digging (into) vintage: Jean-Louis Scherrer by Jean-Louis Scherrer, 1979

Perfumer Josette Ramisse Some very strong scents suggest wearing with restraint if not caution. Not Scherrer. This is the kind of heavy, bruiser of a green chypre that I just want to drench myself in. It is powerful and unashamed and urges me be likewise. The drydown is earthy and leathery, an amplified version of the final act of green…

digging (into) vintage: Paco Rabanne Metal, 1979

(image source unknown) Perfumer Robert Gonnon For all the specific floral notes I can make out in Metal (lily of the valley, hyacinth, narcissus?) it doesn’t read as floral. Even with the connections to other green florals (Guerlain Chamade, de Nicolai le Temps d’une Fete) and aldehydic florals (its sibling Paco Rabanne Calandre), Metal stands in its own category. The only other scents truly…