Bracing and fresh, dry and a little dirty, this is French perfumery at its best. A green, herbal chypre with enough florals in the heart to be very feminine although the sharp herbal opening is masculine in the way that Devin is. The civet and musk in the basenotes are superb and make a perfect counterpoint to the fresh, clean opening. The ad campaign for this was perfect--the beautifully dressed lady in the torn blouse says it all. If you like Cristalle, Alliage, Private Collection and Givenchy III, give this a try--you'll feelgrown up and French, pretty and just a little naughty.
Coriandre has been my daily scent for the last 15 years. I've been trying to branch out, but so much out there smells synthetic and generic in comparison. To me, Coriandre is reminiscent of wood and peat moss with spicy citrus notes. I wish those notes lasted longer, as my only complaint about this scent is that it's somewhat powdery after it's run its course.
Review for the vintage EdT...
What a surprise! This is the type of fragrance that I find so refreshing given today's market trends and current tastes!
<i>Coriandre</i> is a great example of a rich, heady chypre with just the right amount of dirtiness in a perfume. It is a very green and mossy fragrance (like all true "chypre" perfumes should be). It reminds me a lot of many other fragrances from it's era (<i>Jacomo - Silences</i>, <i>Chanel - Cristalle</i>), and even a little of <i>Eau de Patou</i> but what makes this one special for me is the inclusion of a honey-like sweet civet note. This is what gives it the "dirtiness" I mentioned, which can also be a very sensual and seductive note.
I agree that to many young people today, they would find <i>Coriandre</i> very different from modern tastes. But for uniqueness, I think this perfume is perfect in that respect. I find it a beautiful one because it reminds me of the gorgeous perfumes of the past, which were made at a very high level, even as designers. If this was released today it would be considered a "niche" scent. Thankfully, you can still buy this for a very cheap and reasonable price, and it's quality is much greater than that.
I would recommend to try if you like very mossy, "classic" chypre fragrances, and even stuff like <i>Shalimar</i> there is something about it which is unique and very interesting. Give it a try!
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)