From 1933 and named a woody oriental chypre, it is to my nose a candied fruit floral.
Lemon, cassis, peach, bergamot, grapefruit, coriander and tarragon all vie for the initial top note mix. The cassis and peach are standouts, supported by the spice notes of tarragon and coriander.
In the middle we have jasmine, gardenia, rose, freesia, muguet, orris and ylang yang. The muguet wins out.
The base gives us cedar, sandalwood, vanilla, vetiver, civet, amber, musk, honey and tonka bean.
Most unusual, quite unique, with a heady, high rising overall scent that is beguiling.
Once .....long ago...I owned a mini of Secret de Venus & it was "right" for me then. But at that time I could wear Tabu unabashed.
I think there was something more going on there than woodsy floral, something alluring..
The fragrance that's available now doesn't hold a candle to the original. I personally wore the oil and it was devine. Had I known it would disappear I wouldn't have used it in my bath water. I truly miss it. Hopefully, someone will duplicate the original and give us Sr. Citizens something that we can identify with and bring back pleasant memories or shall I say bring back the "good old days" in a bottle.
Too strong, too masculine, too chemically.
I wore the original of this fragrance (the Zibeline version) for over 25 years. The reorchestrated version can not even touch the original formulation. I have been trying to find a suitable replacement for this perfume since 1996. I've tried many perfumes and the only ones I've found that last as long as Secret of Venus and wear down to the, for lack of a better word, lushness that was the original, are Mariella Burani and Tom Ford's Black Orchid. While both of these latter are very nice perfumes in their own right, they will never touch the evocative eroticism of the original Secret of Venus.