Genre: Floral Oriental
Lots of muguet, rose, tart citrus, and aldehydes make for punchy, if conventionally “perfumey” top notes, which expand into a heady, rose-centered floral oriental heart, underscored by plenty of downy musk and amber. Indolic jasmine and honey lend the composition an animalic warmth to balance out the aggressive use of aldehydes and smooth over the sharp edges of the green muguet.
Balance is indeed a hallmark here, along with an olfactory density that would go out of style in the decades following Scherrer 2’s introduction. Today this fragrance smells nostalgic, but its essential quality and soundness of structure can’t be denied. A scent that’s well worth trying for anyone who appreciates more ample proportions in feminine fragrances.
A dry, spicy, floral chypre that is truly sophisticated and elegant.
I so wanted to like Scherrer 1, after the praise that Basenoters heaped it with, but just could not bring myself to that point, although I do give it points for originality as a sharp, green chypre.
Number 2 is a warm, close to the skin scent for the mature woman and smells like nothing I've encountered thus far in the chypre line. That hint of sweet spice seems to make promises she fully intends to keep, but in her own time. The subtle use of pineapple is inspired.
This could certainly work for a man as well, but as conceived for women, it is a wonderful surprise and a great hit with me.
Top notes: Bergamot, Mandarin, Pineapple, Anise
Muguet, Rose, Jasmine, Lily, Orris, Tuberose, Honey
Vanilla, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Amber, Musk, Heliotrope
This is one to treasure.
One of my favorites.This was my “signature scent” until one day I woke up and realized: so little time, so many fragrances. Men and women complimented me nearly every time I wore it (which was just about daily in fall and winter). I would spell the name slowly, scribble it on business cards, cocktail napkins, matchbooks—but “ Scherrer 2” is not a household name in these parts, so it remained my own, special perfume. It was also very hard to find in the US pre-internet shopping except for a window of a few years when Sephora carried it, so the Scherrer 2 stop was one of my favorite pilgrimages in France.
It bursts my bubble to hear that Scherrer 2 smells like the disconcertingly named “Youth Dew” (which I’ve still never smelled, and may never smell out of sheer denial).
Scherrer 2 is an elegant, arguably perfect scent: spicy but neither sharp nor gourmand; feminine, but not sweet; a bit floral, but never, ever powdery; strong and lasting, but not loud. The Chrysler Building-esque bottle captures the character of the fragrance.
All of this said, this type of scent is out of date, but not yet retro, so it is not for everyone, not even for me right now, although the fall weather makes me reconsider.
Not to be confused with its older sibling, the equally gorgeous, equally out-of-style chypre, Jean Louis Scherrer.
[This is a review of the EDP]
03rd November, 2008 (last edited: 28th February, 2010)
Is this Youth Dew part 2? It certainly seemed so.
A thumbs up for the smell of it and a thumbs down for originality.
This was one of my first perfumes I bought as a teenager. Not really a teenager smell though, not at all flowery or fruity. But I adored it... and I still do. I don't have it anymore, too much other smells going on. Actually, when Amber Nude was launched it reminded me of Scherrer II, just the first smell though, I even find Scherrer II better. It has a bit of tobacco in it which makes it irresistible (for me) and it's also a bit more fruitier at the end. Last very long an is an ideal winter or evening perfume. Should buy it again... .