How I ended up with this sample I'll never know, but it's actually a worth while scent! Right along side Opium, Cinnabar & KL, Perle noire is a nicely spiced floral. Rich essences of clove, carnation, and possibly bulgarian rose produce remarkable sillage, especially suprising for an Avon EDT! Given it's general feel, I would presume it was marketed in the 1970's into the early 80's. A retro treasure for sure!