This is beauty and sophistication in a bottle. This is one of the classiest perfumes I have ever worn.
My first whiff of TIFFANY was a pleasurable clean, almost-laundered floral scent which is unisex in appeal, and a touch of green over a summery breeze hinting at orange blossom, rose geranium, and white flowers. I sense some aldehydes in here but the harmonious and masterful blending never allows any single accord to overpower another, resulting in an elegantly classy floriental which would have fit right in with other classics from Chanel, sitting somewhere between Coco and Mademoiselle - hardly surprising considering the perfumer Francois Demachy had Henri Robert (No.19 creator) as mentor and was a long time collaborator of Jacques Polge in Chanel.
Notes from fragrantica.com
Top: blackcurrant, Italian mandarin
Middle: iris, orange blossom, jasmine, Damask rose, violet leaf, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley
Base: sandalwood, amber, vanilla, vetiver, (and a little civet - to my nose)
I purchased this because I had worn it and liked it in the past, and I heard that it was going to be out of production soon. The opening is much more ORANGE than I remembered; the drydown is a pretty floral which doesn't last on my skin. This is not the scent that I remember from the 80's. That scent was long lasting and had a metal note which I really liked. And that scent was all about the florals, not all about the orange. OK, but disappointing.
This gem would be staid at best (and downright prim at worst) were it not for the gorgeous fruit notes that lift it up and away from many other traditional, woody florals of the same type.
Polge did a wonderful job here balancing the fruity and the floral, and, in doing so, managed to create a lovely frag. That said, it pales in comparison to Tiffany for Men which, IMHO, ranks as one of his greatest creations ever.
At first, Tiffany is quite fruity—I think the pineapple gives a little bit of an off note, but then, I don’t usually like sweet tropical fruit in fragrances. As the fruity notes recede, the florals from the middle rise up and it becomes a much better fragrance IMO. As floral as it is, it does not seem at all flowery—and it’s an elegant rather than sensual floral accord, and it’s also very refined, extremely complex, and quite strong. I can pick out the orris, the rose, the jasmine, and the tuberose: An accord this clear in presenting the individuality or the floral notes bespeaks expertise and artistry. I don’t think this floral heart is necessarily feminine, but it certainly is sophisticated and smooth. Then, after an amazingly long duration of the floral middle, the base notes begin to float up into the florals: First a whiff of civet, then amber, then cedar—all occurring individually and delicately into the floral bouquet. The vanilla is kept very discreet and the musk and patchouli provide more of a luxurious texture rather than olfactory content to the basenotes. This classic floral EDP is so much more sophisticated than most of the scents I’ve tested…truly, truly a superior fragrance.