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Odalisque (1989)
by Nicolaï


Odalisque information

Year of Launch1989
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 83 votes)

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PerfumerPatricia de Nicolaï

About Odalisque

Odalisque is a feminine perfume by Nicolaï. The scent was launched in 1989 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Patricia de Nicolaï

Odalisque fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of Odalisque

Genre: Floral/Chypre

Odalisque’s top notes are all sunny, bright green florals, which soon meld with a very attractive sweet-spicy accord. This central arrangement engages the nose with exceptional depth and a complex interplay between its floral and spicy components.

Odalisque’s basic architecture benefits from some discreet animalic musks in its foundation, along with a subtly earthy chypre accord that hovers just at the edge of olfactory perception. As it develops, Odalisque also reveals an intriguing salty, savory aspect. It’s not the iodine and ozone marine accord familiar from so many modern male fragrances, but a meaty, almost foody smell. Smoky and leathery notes surface from time to time, but their appearances are fleeting, as if they mean to tease the nose. They reveal themselves more fully during the drydown, which features a very plush, yet quiet vanilla over a bed of moss and woods.

Odalisque is a reserved and understated composition. It wears close to the skin on me, and though it persists for some few hours, it never speaks above a gentle murmur. This reserve makes Odalisque not only suitable for daily wear in any number of social situations, but effectively unisex as well. Not bold perhaps, but very attractive.
21st June, 2014
This perfume is an example of why no one should buy a perfume un sniffed. I have a small vial I purchased as a decant and couldn't wait to smell this highly regarded perfume. Surprise, it smells like my cat's litter box.
23rd April, 2014
The musk, orris and oak moss hit my nose immediately with a warm, dry effect, and if it stayed at this level, even laterally, I would like it. It does however, on me, quickly dissipate to an unremarkable, mossy, indistinct floral - mediocre. Pleasant, but mediocre. Hardly the masterpiece Luca Turin says it is. A "fresh chypre," yes, I grant you, but an uninteresting one.
13th May, 2013
I was sure it's catalogued as a leather perfume. It's all leather on me.
18th April, 2013
i own parfume from 2009, and ti smells heavenly, femminine, and feels very natural, the juice is thick, oily. jasmin, moss all is natural

i cant understand this parfume took so many negative reviews, but i fell in love with it from the very first sniff, it smells relaxed, rounded, creamy, and above all femminine. but strong.and very unique!!

its not like modern watered down white flowers parfume, although strong its colour is white!citrus from the opening gives a way after 20 minutes to the bouqet of flowers that stays all the way to drydown and turns into creamy texture , just a touch of moss gives it durability , i tried it on a hot summer day and loved it that it has body and smells so gently like a real odalisque, young and beautiful!! but noticable, as young beauty is!
28th September, 2012
There seem to be varying versions of the notes list for this one. Bois de Jasmin lists them as bergamot, mandarin, galbanum, jasmine, lily of the valley, tuberose, ylang, patchouli, oakmoss, amber & castoreum, whereas Luckyscent lists only lotv, jasmine & iris. l do not know which formulation my sample is from, but although it is a recent one, having tried it l am convinced that the former list is the one that applies here.
This opens on my skin as a very dark-green, mossy, retro-style chypre, reminding me of Jubilation 25, & Patou's 1000. There's something very dirty & animalic deep within this perfume, which must be the castoreum, as well as an interesting salty note. One hour in it sweetens a little, but it's vegetal rather than floral, & l'm getting a whiff of smouldering, damp wood. Three hours in, it's a little warmer & friendlier, & there are hints of rose & a carrotty iris. From there it slowly fades out, the sillage is fairly good & it lasts around 5 hours on me.
This is a very rich, deep & complex perfume, but as is usual with chypres l find it rather too challenging for me, being a floral-oriental-gourmand type of gal. lt's very high quality though, & if you can work out which formulation this is, l highly recommend it for chypre lovers.
21st January, 2012

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