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Fendi (original) / Fendi Donna (1985)
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Fendi (original) / Fendi Donna information

Year of Launch1985
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityDiscontinued
Average Rating
(based on 142 votes)

People and companies

HouseFendi
PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyLVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Parent Company at launchFlorbath

About Fendi (original) / Fendi Donna

Fendi (original) / Fendi Donna is a feminine perfume by Fendi. The scent was launched in 1985 and the bottle was designed by Pierre Dinand

Fendi (original) / Fendi Donna fragrance notes

Reviews of Fendi (original) / Fendi Donna

kewart Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Not for the faint-hearted, this Italian, discontinued edp packs quite a punch. I love to wear it in the depths of winter, when it blooms on the skin and especially on fur (fake of course!)To me it smells like a liquid fur coat in fact; multi-layered red flowers, vanilla, woods, leather and spices. It goes on a bit harsh but warms up and mellows given time.

Do go very easy on the sprayer with this one or it becomes a weapon of mass destruction. Less is definitely more - one spray to a wrist in the evening and I can still smell it the next morning.

I think I am just about old enough to wear this with aplomb, now I am in my sixties. It would be wasted on a young ingenue. You have to have lived a bit to wear this gem.
I treasure my bottle and save it for the right occasion.
01st December, 2017
What TOTAL IDIOTS to discontinue their fabulous and legendary Fendi for women. I couldn't because it wasn't selling because many women I know wore it and it was still very popular. The Fendi Uomo was also a classic that should have NEVER been discontinues. How can a company discontinue their original namesake fragrances!? It's appalling in my opinion. However, if you miss Fendi and want something similar, I found that if you mix The Perfumer's Workshop's Tea Rose with Clinique's Aromatics Elixir that you get something very similar to the original Fendi for women. Try it! Perhaps Fendi will re-release both Fendi and Fendi Uomo in their ORIGINAL concentrations sometime in the future (hopefully within the next couple of years). Demand that Fendi bring back Fendi EdP for women and Fendi Uomo!!!
16th August, 2017
A great piece of olfactory art and one of the super giants of classicism full of refinement, exoticism and vintage enigma. Mysterious, "classist", commanding and baroque. It exudes culture and "marbles". Really "Roman" and evocative of the unparalleled roman (burgeois) class you can breath around visiting the old aristocratic buildings or just standing in front of monuments and ancient fountains. Fendi original strikes soon for its deep multifaceted soul of spices and indolic floral twists. In the same vein as Roccobarocco, Gabriela Sabatini Magnetic, Bruno Acampora Sballo, V&A First (and I would also add Chanel Coco, Ungaro Diva and Cinnabar) Fendi enchants by soon for its huge and forbidding luxuriant decadence, for its earthy rootiness, the exotic spiciness, a chypre grandeur, the floral richness, the articulation, a veritable darkness (a real darkness, a sort of sinister mystery evocative about several artistic venues of the movie "The great beauty"). The Fendi's opening is classically hesperidic, spicy intoxicating, floral melancholic and aldehydic. The distinguished "old high bourgeoisie woman" vibe is provided by a rich and "eastern" old-school central floral/fruity accord (orange blossoms, ylang-ylang, rooty orris root, violet, jasmine, carnation, rose) a la Magot over a classic semi-oriental chypre "basement" represented by woodsy resins, oakmoss, amber, probably benzoin, fur-suede and woods. Orris root, rooty patchouli, earthy vetiver, dry spices and woods provide a depth of endless spicy holiness. The utterly classy, luxuriant and almost neo-baroque trail is velvety, extremely decadent, mossy, vaguely soapy (a precious cosmetic-make up vibe), barely leathery (golden leatherwears), deeply fruity floral (a secret dry fruits touch?), slightly burnt sugar/roots veined (one of the diverse undertones indeed) and "cerebral" (the same vibe elicited on me by Acampora Sballo). I've yet received a Fendi's sample as present by a dear friend, she writes me " Happy Halloween, wear it" and yes, few juices are so darkly compelling as this superb classic. Enjoy.
24th October, 2014 (last edited: 02nd November, 2014)
Ahh, I miss Fendi. I think Coco is in the same wheelhouse, but Fendi is still the best in my opinion. ReLAUNCH please!
24th October, 2014
This came to my attention via a recent Basenotes article on the top ten discontinued fragrances for women. And of course, mention the words "discontinued" and "difficult to find" and I am off like a greyhound after a plastic bunny. After plonking down $10 for a mini on eBay, I sat back and awaited my prize with quite a bit of smugness at having secured such a rare prize. Well, turns out the only rare prize here is me, as in "prize idiot".

Fendi is basically Coco with a bit of Italian flava thrown in. It is a rich, spicy floriental with a confusing array of sweet and bitter spices, and a well-trodden sandalwood and leather base. As with Coco, everything feels very crowded in, overly rich and perfumey. Worse of all, you can totally smell the 80s on this. It smells big and lacquered, like something one of those girls in the Addicted to Love video would wear, all scary red lips, clickety clackety high heels, and slicked back hair.

Fendi is seductive alright, but putting it on is more like a terrifying statement of intent, as in "I am going to bed you tonight, young man, whether you like it or not" rather than a genuine, natural sexiness. I am sure that the women who love this see it as a romantic memento mori of what you leave your (toyboy) lover in the morning, sheets all tossed up and smeared with lipstick, expensive black underwear strewn across the floor, and all.....but all I can hear when I wear this is the slurp of naked buttock sliding off the bucket seat at the bar as a forty-something cougar in a leopard print mini skirt lurches towards a group of terrified but horny teenage boys in the corner. I say this not to mock, but to convey the sense of anxiety that wearing Fendi gives me - anxiety that I could some day BE this woman if I ever leave my husband and have to enter the dating scene again. The thought terrifies the bejesus out of me, and so does Fendi.

12th August, 2014
Loro Show all reviews
United Kingdom
Why oh why did they discontinue this?!

Warm, spicy ginger and mulled wine - a good, old school, BIG winter fragrance, which exudes confidence and class. I'm eking the final inch out of my bottle from the late 80s... sigh.
10th January, 2014

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