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Blend 30 (1978)
by Dunhill


Blend 30 information

Year of Launch1978
Average Rating
(based on 32 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerRon Winnegrad
PackagingPierre Dinand
Parent CompanyInter Parfums
Parent Company at launchDunhill

About Blend 30

Blend 30 is a masculine fragrance by Dunhill. The scent was launched in 1978 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Ron Winnegrad. The bottle was designed by Pierre Dinand

Blend 30 fragrance notes

Reviews of Blend 30

Talk about melancholy and infinite sadness... it will hurt my very essence when my stash runs dry. Until then, I'll enjoy what I've got.

Think vintage Azzaro pH and supplant the anise with a subtle fruity/tobac element. If you like those, find some Charles Jourdan un Homme too.

Still wishin' someone will damn those damn regulatory torpedoes and start making them like this one again. Aromatic fougere nonpareil!
14th December, 2017
Tobacco, leather, oakmoss.

Blend 30 is driven by a tobacco-moss accord that has a leathery aspect. There are aromatics, but they are blended densely to contribute to this tobacco note. There are florals, but only to lend balance - rather than dandification. The fragrance is dry, and has a bitter green aspect from the oakmoss. There is a hint of soft, smoky woods in the later phases.

Blend 30 stands out for its quality, excellent composition, and how the tobacco accord is carefully integrated with the oakmoss to create a gritty but grounded accord with a wonderful retro feel. The other aspect is that any citrus, floral, or herbal direction is almost missing, as it stays close to its structure and avoids any distraction. This, in a sense, is quite focussed.

Most importantly, Blend 30 is an absolute pleasure to wear and stands out even among a fine selection of vintage fragrances for its unique character. Projection is moderate but persistent, and duration is good at around six to seven hours based on 4-5 sprays. Very old world and gentlemanly - I can imagine this being an ideal fragrance after a late night shave followed by a drink of Scotch.

This is clearly as good as anything Dunhill has ever put out, and its discontinuation is a source of lament.

04th May, 2017
Stardate 20170411:

A good aromatic fougere of yesteryears.
Has an added smokiness to it.
More similar to Captain than Tuscany.
Well blended and great, therefore discontinued.

11th April, 2017
I can't help but like Blend 30. It is right up my alley of vintage fragrances and I like it a lot. However, one occasionally finds references to this long-discontinued fragrance as some type of holy grail -- and that I do not quite understand. Blend 30 actually somewhat reminds me of classier, better blended version of vintage Captain Molyneux, which is certainly well regarded but doesn't cause such hyperventilation. While my bottle of Blend 30 is in a pristine original box and otherwise appears to be in perfect condition, I find its staying power and projection to be a little below par, perhaps showing its age.
12th May, 2015
drseid Show all reviews
United States
Blend 30 opens with a very herbal slightly green rosemary and clary sage duo with floral carnation and slightly sweet citric lemon support. Almost immediately one can detect the large dollop of oakmoss rising all the way from the base quite early, mixing with the green herbs as the scent enters its heart phase. The herbal green mossy accord now couples with a light spice resembling cinnamon as a subtle woody cedar emerges underpinned by mentholated aromatic lavender. During the dry-down the scent turns a bit sweeter as sandalwood and almost tobacco-like labdanum joins the green herbs to finish off the scent's development. Projection is average and longevity is just shy of average at about 6 hours.

Blend 30 has a small but extremely strong following; primarily from folks that enjoy vintage fragrances from the 70s and 80s. You can now add one more ardent supporter of Blend 30 to the list for sure. It has been mentioned elsewhere Blend 30 has a glancing resemblance to the great Patou pour Homme, and while to some that comparison would be utter sacrilege, I believe it is both sound and fair. Blend 30 is definitely greener, rough, sweet and aromatic than the more famous scent it somewhat resembles, but it really is not inferior to my nose. The notes in Blend 30 really are mixed quite well so I am sure I missed a lot of them, but all I can say is Blend 30 is the kind of scent where you just want to stop trying to pinpoint all the individual notes and just enjoy the discontinued symphonic composition. All this is done as you ponder why a great scent like Blend 30 was ever ended by Dunhill... and how are you going to come up with the $200+ a bottle cost it now commands on the after-market to acquire this extremely rare 4.5 out of 5 star gem.
19th January, 2013
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This has been with me for a few years before falling into disuse and I revived it a while ago. The opening is a spectacular dark boozy forest impression with lots of lavender, clove, and a bit of spicy citrus. Later a wood note is added, with geranium providing a touch of friendly softening. Further down in the base I get amber, wood, tobacco and leather. The complexity of this creation presents initially full on, but later recurrent whiffs of the various components emanate that nonetheless remain beautifully blended. The impression is that of a dark and moist English forest after rain. Silage and projection are very good, and the longevity is excellent with over seven hours.  Darker and less elegant than Patou PH, but nonetheless a masterpiece.
19th December, 2012 (last edited: 24th April, 2013)

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