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Tailspin / Passionnement (1940)
by Lucien Lelong


Tailspin / Passionnement information

Year of Launch1940
Average Rating
(based on 13 votes)

People and companies

HouseLucien Lelong
PerfumerJean Carles
Parent CompanyE. T. Browne Drug Co
Parent Company at launchLucien Lelong

About Tailspin / Passionnement

Tailspin / Passionnement is a feminine perfume by Lucien Lelong. The scent was launched in 1940 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Jean Carles

Reviews of Tailspin / Passionnement

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
The original Tailspin:
The opening is of distinct beauty: a green herbal note that is a touch crisp combines with a lovely slightly spicy undertone that has a white pepper attached to it. A delicious idea!

The drydown figures a generous gardenia, embedded in a potpourri of white flowers, including hints of muguet and carnation. Soon the floral sweetness carries whiffs of cinnamon

The base sees a touch of wood, with again a slightly deeper gentle spice note; together with the white florals this sees it through until the end, with a slight pleasant powderiness added over the last hours.

The sillage is moderate, the projection excellent and the longevity an impressive ten hours.

This is a wonderful scent for spring days, made of ingredients if the highest quality. Gorgeous. 4/5.

The re-issued Passionnement version:
Overall this is in character quite similar, but sillage and projection are weaker, and it only lasts six hours on my skin. A diluted and weaker remake. Maybe for the office. 3.25/5
28th February, 2016
This truly is a kaleidoscope of scents all whirling about each other, as Barbara Herman suggests. For her it began green, thence to a rich floral, thence to a tobacco/cinnamon base, finally to a soapy dry down with a brief flirtation re coal tar.

My sample is pure parfum from 1940 and it is a wonderful, warm vintage indeed. First a splash of mint, followed by the light, soapy coal tar note, thence to the florals and finally, the tobacco/spice dry down. It has a leather dry down and I am reminded of Ma Griffe and Femme.

One of the finest vintage scents I have yet experienced. I will be searching Ebay for a bottle of this unique and fascinating creation.
07th March, 2014
I owned Lucien Lelong's Tailspin in high school & remember it as high energy, fun! It was emphatic but I liked the unexpected wood notes.

I pounced on a tiny Lucien Lelong mini that is light floral refreshing, but its label is almost completely gone (it was a gold label & it has a pink cap). I wish I knew what it is.
18th June, 2012 (last edited: 19th June, 2012)
Unusual to say the least! Coal-tarry & medicinal throughout, it's a hard scent to like.
14th September, 2010 (last edited: 29th September, 2010)
artp Show all reviews
United Kingdom
I have just dabbed a bit of vintage "Tailspin" on and what a shock!
The name says it all! After a short blast of unrecognisable flowers (very short)
it plumets to tars, musks and an almost medicinal coaltar soap then a soft clean reassuring dry down.
Fascinating!! I am wondering who would have worn it as it is far from friendly and 'come hither-ish'.
In short, not one I can fall in love with, confusing and dark but amazing and well worth an extra sniff. Love it!
27th October, 2009

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