Fresh, sharp, unique
A super-sharp chypre that gives you an unforgettable blast of bitter, dry greeness and head-clearing aldehydes on first spray. Don't be put off by the masculine opening; it will soften and deepen as you wear it, turning ever-so-slightly sweet in the heart notes before drying down to a beautiful mossy, woody accord, with a touch of musk thrown into the mix.
I wore this in the 70s, and still love it as much today. Easily unisex, and superb on the hottest days when you want to surround yourself with the fragrance of cool green woods.
Another "plus"; it's still very afforadable. Such fine quality for so little money. Sillage is strong, longevity about 8 hours if sprayed freely.
Pros: Sharp greenness, refreshing, unique
DRY, like Campari. A bracing, soapy, thin and fairly linear scent. The coriander is more dried coriander seeds than the fresh green leaves, although overall this is the definition of a dry, green scent (but note I have never smelt Vent Vert...). There are better chypres than this out there, but I am glad I have this in my collection. It's a fine scent for daytime, whether for work or weekends when you want to feel brisk and no nonsense.
06th April, 2013 (last edited: 20th November, 2013)
CORIANDRE – Couturier – 1973 [floral/herbal chypre]
Another totally unique scent, blending herbals, florals and chypre notes into a light, warm, sophisticated and intoxicating blend. The unique blend of coriander and angelica, mixed with Bulgarian rose, wafting over a gentle chypre base, has to be experienced to be believed. A dry, spicy delight. One of my very favorites and a birthday gift this year for every woman – and man – on my list.
Top Notes: Coriander, Orange Blossom, Angelica
Middle Notes: Rose, Geranium, Lily, Jasmine, Orris
Base notes: Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Musk, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Civet
Top notes: Aldehydes, coriander, orange blossom, angelica
Middle notes: Violet root, lily, jasmine, rose, geranium
Base notes: Sandalwood, patchouli, musk, civet, oakmoss, vetiver
Coriandre must be one of the most daring fragrances of the 70's. Nothing comes even close to it. It has a "dark green" quality that remotely reminds me of Jean-Louis Scherrer. However, Coriandre is a little lighter and somewhat brighter. Also, the aldehydes are much more noticeable. Coriandre shares quite a few notes with Empreinte by Courrège as well (coriander, aldehydes, rose, jasmine, patchouli, oakmoss and sandalwood). I vividly remember a shocking advert for Coriandre showing a very dignified lady sitting on a chair with the right sleeve of her blouse half ripped off. This is the image I associate with this EDT. Dressy and decadent. Coriandre is a true work of art.
Unfortunately this fragrance comes across smelling like heavily perfumed soap on me when I first apply it. At least, it makes me think of soap more than anything else. On the one hand I don't fully dislike this fragrance, and there is definitely something about it that almost makes me want to give it a thumbs up and a slightly higher rating. On the other hand though I'm left with a feeling that this is a bit of an overly "stinky" perfume. It might be nice on some people, but I probably wouldn't make this one my signature scent.