Genre: Floral Oriental
Organza strikes me as an appealing and well put-together, though not terribly exciting, fruity floral oriental. Given the bombast displayed by entries in the genre during the decade that preceded it – scents like Boucheron, Giorgio, and even Givenchy’s own Ysatis - Organza’s relative plainness can be taken as a virtue.
The opening leans heavily on bergamot, which persists well into the scent’s development and puts a soft fruity finish on a floral accord that’s dominated by jasmine and ylang-ylang. Tuberose is detectable as a separate element, but does not dominate the composition, as it is sometimes wont to do. Instead the most conspicuous and lasting components of Organza’s basic structure are the vanilla, amber and wood base notes. These are well balanced and blended, so that they present the nose with a united front of sweet, resinous warmth.
For all that it lacks some of its floral oriental predecessors’ weight and ornamentation, Organza is still a relatively potent scent that offers plenty of lasting sillage. It does not cross the line into oppressively loud, but it does make itself noticed. If Organza were a car, it would be a Toyota Camry: solid and reliable but not necessarily an exciting drive.
I so looked forward to trying this with so many positive ratings, and I was a bit disappointed when I did. All I got start to finish is vanilla.
Obviously Organza is a beautiful classic and autoritative fragrance, warm of woods and vanilla and sensual of edible spices (nutmeg and may be clove), fruits as may be orange and white flowers (more tuberose and jasmine with a touch of gardenia) but i've always found it a bit too fat. It tends to exalt the smell of the feminine skin and sometimes with Organza under nose it seems you are inhaling the whiff of a womanly sweated body after sex, is like breathing on the skin of a woman the smell of the " decomposition" of unguents and parfumed creams under the attacks of the heat and the sweat. The problem is , at least in my case, that when i smell this fragrance on a fashinating, bright and dry of skin woman i feel the smell attractive while in the other cases it's like inhaling something too oily, mellow or festering (overall in the cases-too common-of very oily and fat feminine skin). Anyway, if Carnal Flower and Tuberose Criminelle are like a twist on the wild, fruity, edible, woodsy-camphoraceous and natural side of Tuberose and white flowers, Organza is a cross on the creamy and vanillic-ambery side of a white flowers based composition with may be some support of civet and synthetic animal notes in the blend. The longevity with the projection are very impressive, the work of the too fluid and dense smell on humid climates is not recomended, at least by me. The final almost gummy, damp, slightly synthetic and unradiant exhalation by Organza could in my opinion break the hearts or on the contrary make it a bit common and intrusive. At each of us its choice.
10th November, 2011 (last edited: 11th February, 2013)
The opening is almost sharp, it's so citrus/floral/spice. I find it very fun as well as difficult to describe.
The heart reads as spicy/woodsy floral, I don't pick up the fruitiness at all.
The amber really comes to the front in the drydown, but it is present throughout. The spices are always there, and I think that is what makes me like it so much.
The sillage is great, noticeable but not intrusive. The longevity is good too.
I bought a bottle and am really enjoying this!
l tried this only recently, & bought a bottle just a couple of weeks later, because it is just the kind of ambery floral that l like. lt holds a position in my wardrobe right next to YSL's Cinema, in the way that it feels both classy & comforting, & fits those evenings that are neither too warm for an amber, nor too cold for a floral.
l get honeysuckle in the opening, a note l love, followed by jasmine, & something creamy, nutty & woody, perhaps the nutmeg. The amber becomes detectable after about 15 minutes, & after 90 minutes there's a soft, warm vanilla. lt projects well for 2 hours or so, after which it settles closer to the skin, but the lasting power is good.
There are moments when this reminds me of both Allure, (my BF loves Allure, & pronounced this one "quite nice", which is a major compliment from him!) & a softer Alien (at the point where the amber joins with the jasmine).
Overall a very attractive fragrance, in a beautiful, Greek goddess-like bottle!