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Chevalier d'Orsay (1911)
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Chevalier d'Orsay information

Year of Launch1911
GenderMasculine
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 57 votes)

People and companies

HouseD'Orsay
PackagingRené Lalique

About Chevalier d'Orsay

Reintroduced in 1995

Reviews of Chevalier d'Orsay

Vintage Chevalier and his son - the reformulated version - are like two rooms in the same house. They both have the same citrus, aromatics and woody shape, but the decor in each one is different.

The old Chevalier's taste is traditional, with dark wooden metre-high panelling round the base and a muted, old fashioned, nicotine stained colour on the walls. By contrast the young Chevalier is much more in line with modern tastes. Admittedly, there is a heavy bergamot tinge to the citrus, but gone is the brown wood panelling, and the colours are generally brighter with fizzy powdery highlights which loosely suggest reflections of glass and chrome. The colour scheme is still the same, yellow, aromatic blues and brown, but the brown in the base is now pale, a creamy woody coumarin and musk.

Although the younger, being brighter and more modern is more engaging, they both suffer from the same structural problems. Excessive sourness in the citrus. A vagueness in the aromatic heart accord, which lacks definition and exacerbates the third fault of the Chevaliers, poor longevity. The odour yield drops to little more than a skin scent in the first half hour or so.

Of the two, the younger Chevalier is better. Not only because it doesn't feel as queasy-sour as the elder does, but because it has better complexity (although this may in part be due to degradation of the old juice). The younger is in turn sharper sour, and it shares - in common with the vintage version - the same synthetic feel and lack of clarity in the aromatics.

If you want to smell this type of citrus-aromatic-woody hybrid in good form check out either of the versions of Monsieur Balmain - which are infinitely better than these two.

Chevalier the Elder */*
Young Chevalier **



31st May, 2018 (last edited: 09th June, 2018)
I never tried the vintage version of this scent, but the current one I just received today smells nothing short of dreadful. It's truly the nightmare of a toilet janitor - or the wet dream of a pervy one. Both the citrus-neroli accord, the spicy pine-herbal accord and the musty, lavender-ish woody accord smell all like three different cleaning sanitizers mixed together. Aseptic, sharp, acrid, flat and artificial to the bone, with no evolution whatsoever except for a sligthly more prominent presence of the cheap musky-woody foundation on the drydown. You'll smell clean, that is for sure, just like a bathroom which has just been cleaned and sanitized with three or four differently-scented products.

Poor d'Orsay...

3/10
15th February, 2017
Genre: Citrus

Chevalier opens with a marvelous blend of citrus, herbs, and lavender that soon makes room for very airy floral notes. The persistent herbal accord keeps the flowers from getting either stuffy or too sweet, and as some subtle spice emerges Chevalier’s heart falls into perfect balance. The base of moss, amber, and wood is firm, yet light and clear, leaving the entire composition exquisitely poised and elegant. A cool, subtle pine note plays throughout, leaving an impression of aloof nobility.

True to its name, Chevalier is sophisticated and refined. It’s complex enough to hold interest, and confident enough that it never needs to shout. As foetidus points out, it’s also highly versatile, and would make a great scent for those who want to keep a limited wardrobe. The lasting power is quite reasonable, thanks to the lingering pine and amber in the base, and the moderate projection is just enough to be noticed but never offend – a truly well composed and well executed scent.
11th June, 2014
rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
A traditional scent

The vintage version: The top note is a pleasant floral-citrus mix with a bit of neroli, that in the drydown adds lavender and later a woody notes. Towards the end a light and not unpleasant powdery tone is added. An interestingly blended quite complex composition, that develops well but in the later stages does fail to inspire me. Projection is all right initially, and the longevity was about two hours.

18th May, 2013
A very nice dry, almost bitter (in a nice way) citrus, that does not develop on me.

I so wanted to like this - for the packaging and bottle alone - but it must take a back seat to my citrus of choice - Borsari's Acqua Classica.
01st October, 2012
shamu1 Show all reviews
United States
Chevalier d'Orsay is an insanely complex fragrance, and that makes it really hard to describe what it smells like. I think Swanky's comparison to YSL our Homme is apt, except Chevalier has an overriding lemony smell, and it has stronger, longer lasting lavender. A huge pile of various herbs, citrus notes and woody notes contribute little sparkles of scent, popping in and out throughout its duration.

The drydown is the best part - dry, bitter and slightly powdery, sort of like bitter orange peel blended with talc and moss. I smell no pine in this whatsoever, and I have a hard time imagining pine fitting in with a sunny, lemony scent like this.

Chevalier d'Orsay has a reputation of being a "dandified" fragrance, but I don't quite look at it that way. Granted, it does have a little bit of a prim and proper smell to it, but it's not a sweet scent, it not overly powder, and it's not as stuffy or fussy smelling as some other dandy fragrances like Floris No. 89 or Jicky. I think this is a great scent to wear in hot weather, as it has a Mediterranean flair with its citrusy, herbal smell.

MY RATING: 8/10
30th January, 2012

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