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Nostalgie (2012)
by Sonoma Scent Studio


Nostalgie information

Year of Launch2012
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 13 votes)

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HouseSonoma Scent Studio
PerfumerLaurie Erickson

About Nostalgie

Nostalgie is a feminine perfume by Sonoma Scent Studio. The scent was launched in 2012 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Laurie Erickson

Reviews of Nostalgie

Champagne-like fizzy green aldyhedic opening that's a bit bitter / chemical. Then a Civet/indolic jasmine + oakmossy + peach aldehye heart that screams classic perfume! A blend of Mitsouko (like) and Chanel Cristalle (dislike)? There's something in this opening that also reminds me of the base of Gres Cabotine. My skin seems to eat this scent though - the opening is a bit too strong for my taste, though I'm biased against aldehyde fizz, but the mid and base of the perfume are extremely soft and don't project on me. Visually, it seems to be a clear green scent. Interesting, but ultimately not my type of perfume.
13th October, 2017
Although Nostalgie wears its heart on its sleeve, this is a reverential citation rather than an attempt to plagiarize the past. Fans of the classic aldehydyic monsters of French perfumery will get a major kick out of this as it manipulates the genre tastefully by cranking up the brightness of the florals and adding depth and dimensionality through a substantial use of natural materials. It’s big, bitter, and boisterous—a loud foghorn that should appeal to fans of both classical and powerhouse fragrances alike.

Like others from this line, this scent has been balanced and polished to perfection, and what you get is a prominent rose juxtaposed against a soft mimosa with an indolic jasmine—floral notes to the max. These florals—equal parts tart and sweet—are backed by a series of green, sylvan notes such as violet (the non-candied kind) and a series of stem-type chords that play up against a layer of tonka humming along throughout. The base, like others from the line, is a well-proportioned sandalwood / oak moss combination that keeps its distance until the top / heart notes start to burn off. A slight soapiness goes head-to-head with a subtle musk (more animalic than laundry), adding texture and dimension to round out the overall effect.

As mentioned, this scent is immense; and unlike a vintage Chanel that creates enough room for the aldehydes to move, this is bodied and bursting out. The florals are emphatic, and the bitterness is prominent, but neither are handled boorishly. Instead, the scent sings its tribute to genres that many an aficionado will remember fondly. It’s balanced with precision, and indicative of the kind of adherence that the perfumer provides in these scents; no note feels out of place. While the genre might not be everyone’s cup of tea, for those who appreciate bitter classics such as No. 19 and Cristalle—and for the unbeatable price-to-quality ratio alone, this should go straight to the top of your list.
26th March, 2014
A somewhat ambitious aldehydic floral bouquet in the grand tradition of Patou Joy and Chanel No. 5 sans the ostentation from a bygone era. NOSTALGIE certainly does what it says on the bottle but it does so with some restraint, like a hum of a melody. As much as I enjoy it I have to say I am a little disappointed the more sensual animalics had been left out in the translation, leaving one with the flash and glitter of old world glamour but without the seductive intrigue.
08th February, 2013
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United States
This is all kinds of wonderful. Opens with something that teases at the edges of my memory as a very high-end old-fashioned talcum, yet not at all geriatric--more like what a sexually adventurous flapper would have worn. Maybe it's the aldehydes or the mimosa that keeps it bright? It deepens into a rich, satisfying floral, and it lasts and lasts, 6-8 hours which is unheard of for my dry skin. What I like best is that it evolves and plays peekaboo throughout it's long life, "now you smell it, now you don't," and never becomes heavy or monotone, which I think has to do with the high percentage of natural ingredients. It also melds beautifully with my skin, almost adding my skin-salt to the fragrance itself, if that makes sense. I bought a full bottle!
20th September, 2012
Ah, Nostalgie. If I could give this two thumbs up I would. Creamy, perfectly blended florals with a touch of sparkling aldehydes over a classic sandalwood base that is just the slightest bit animalic. It was love at first sniff for me. Very long lasting, too - I dab it on lightly and it lasts all day. Laurie Erickson has conjured up the spirit of grand French perfumery with this one.
18th July, 2012

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