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Norell (1968)
by Norell

Norell information

Year of Launch1968
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 74 votes)

People and companies

HouseNorell
PerfumerJosephine Catapano

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

Oviatt Show all reviews
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
Just got this. It's remarkably similar to Estee Lauder's White Linen.
16th July, 2012
A classic. The new version stands up. This was from a cycle of heavy floral-cyphres from the late 60's...Estee Super, Ciara, etc. Perhaps the last gasp of old school, mink and diamonds, old money, country club, Mrs. Robinson style concoctions. Then, they would've bathed in it. To use it unironically today would require very deft application. But then again, it is a classic. Norell defines the word "luscious".
12th July, 2012
shamu1 Show all reviews
United States
If you've never smelled vintage Norell before, then just ignore people who try to rain on your parade by telling you that the current version of it is "a shadow of its former self". What's the loss? Just smell it and enjoy it. That's what perfume is all about, isn't it?

I've only smelled the Five Star Fragrances version of Norell (i.e., current, reformulated, "unwearable", "shadow of its former self", etc. version), and I think it's wonderful. It's a very classic French styled floral chypre - dry and bitter like Chanel No. 5, and with the depth and underlying green notes of a great chypre like Mitsouko or Givenchy III. One of the other reviewers described it as "gold and green", and I think that describes Norell perfectly. Think of Catherine Deneuve wearing Mitsouko, and you've got an idea of the kind of aura Norell projects.

Not a perfume for teeny boppers, this is class in a bottle, for a mature, sophisticated woman who doesn't take her perfume or her image lightly.

MY RATING: 8.5/10
26th June, 2011

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