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Norell (1968)
by Norell


Norell information

Year of Launch1968
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 79 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerJosephine Catapano
Parent CompanyQuality King Distributors > Perfumania Holdings > Five Star Fragrances
Parent Company at launchRevlon Inc

About Norell

Norell is a feminine perfume by Norell. The scent was launched in 1968 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Josephine Catapano

Reviews of Norell

I didn't think this was still in production! My mother wore this, and colormechris got it right about how she wore it: she *did* bathe in it!

I gave this a thumbs' up, but only due to nostalgia. I don't remember enjoying this fragrance at all because Mom doused herself in it--really too much.

The fragrance and her application totally matched with her giant, bouffant, Priscilla-Presley teased hairdo, giant 30-carat topaz cocktail ring (a lot less expensive than it sounds), and giant hoop earrings. She was tall, slender with long legs, and she was a hoot.

Oh yeah I do have to give this a thumbs' up, even as I remember my eyes watering when she kissed me on leaving for the night.
27th March, 2018 (last edited: 29th March, 2018)
On the first spray, top notes smell like Aqua Net, and the drydown is bland and thank you.
01st November, 2015
What can I say? This is just one of the classic fragrances from the 1960's. This bottle sits alongside Bandit by Robert Piguet. I love them both and wear them interchangeably. If you want to smell like an elegant and affluent film star, wear NORELL! It is absolutely beautiful and timeless! A+!!!
01st September, 2015
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United States
This classy green floral chypre is one of the best things to come out of the 60s. Fresh and bitter but with a floral heart and musky, woody base, this shares a lot with its classmate Estee and the other Estee Lauder fragrances of that time, but it is so finely made and elegant that it leaves those others far behind. This was for the classy ladies who shopped at I. Magnin and drove 450SLs to lunch at the club. A throwback scent today, but still totally wearable, instantly recognizable as one of the great scents of our time, even if you cannot quite place it. This was touted as the "First Great Perfume Born In America" (I think that Evyan and Elizabeth Arden would have had something to say about that....). Perfumer Josephine Catapano also gave us Fidji, another great classy floral chypre scent. Designer Norman Norell, known for his elegant suits and sparkly evening dresses, never turned his talents to menswear, but I often wonder what would have been the result if he had ever created a men's scent to go with this one. We'll never know!
05th February, 2015
Barbara Herman's description of this as a "radiant green floral, sweet and soapy woods, with an amber dry down" seems way off base to me.

This is a rich, deep, dark chypre - hearkening back to the 1940s. It's as good a chypre as the best of that genre can be - radiant, yes, but buttery warm and redolent of burnt sugar, amber and musk.

Top notes: Hyacinth, Galbanum, Bergamot, Narcissus, Lemon
Heart notes: Carnation, Jasmine, Rose, Orris, Orchid
Base notes: Sandalwood, Musk, Cedarwood, Moss, Amber

Certainly unisex for today's perfume aficionado and worth seeking out.
19th July, 2014
What a find!!!!
It was a blind purchase for my wife and actually I wasn't expecting too much but we were pleasantly surprized by an outstanding perfume that lasts all day long.
It is very complex to say the least, opens with a citrusy lavander to a very spicy floral heart to finish in a sweet mossy drydown. A textbook chypre if it wasn't for the lack of the animalic basenote.
Can be worn by confident men with aplomb.
A winner in my book
03rd September, 2012

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