I recently purchased a naked bottle as part of a 'lot'. Fellow Basenoter Chypre kindly identified it (thankyou!) going only by the beautiful gem-shaped, glass-stoppered bottle. The scent was a lovely surprise.
A tiny dab off the pipette gives a little bit of sharpness in the citrus opening but the sweetness of the flowers soon develops into a warm and elegant cloud. It's not overpowering. The base is very pretty. I couldn't single out any given element.
I didn't know what I was wearing but it smelled expensive and a little bit dangerous if you know what I mean. Something I could imagine wearing with my little black dress, Dillinger securely strapped to my thigh, champagne in hand, at an exclusive address. I felt like I had found a treasure.
Here are the fragrance notes (from the web):
Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon, Orange blossom, Fruity notes, Galbanum
Heart Notes: Rose, Jasmine, Carnation, Ylang-ylang, Iris, Tuberose, Heliotrope, Sandalwood
Base Notes: Vanilla, Tonka bean, Benzoin, Cedar, Vetiver, Ambergris, Civet
There is a bit available on eBay. Definitely worth exploring.
14th January, 2016 (last edited: 15th January, 2016)
Thanks so much ClaireV for your Gris comments. Your mention of "old electric bar heaters" suddenly brought back a childhood memory of using an old iron on my brothers' cotton shirts. That "hot iron" smell is the elusive element in this haunting creation. It is beautifully blended though and a joy to wear.
Had this one. Was attracted to the beautiful green bottle. Thought it would be a 'green' scent. Disliked it so much I threw it out. Nauseatingly strong. Smelled like Raid Bug killer. Such a disappointment from Dior.
14th March, 2007 (last edited: 12th February, 2012)
Definitely unlike anything out there :). Someone came into the office wearing this and I couldn't stop thinking about it for days. Finally had to ask for the name. At first a clear, light, green note...then a subtle spice. Not cinnammon or pepper but a certain spiciness with a hint of powdery rose and mossiness. Finally, an indescribable something that keeps developing. Haunting.
Fresh. Light. Green notes with a subtle, warm base. Borsari lists Citrus, Sage, Geranium, Sandalwood, Leather and Oak Moss essences. Beautiful discrete scent.
This particular bottle of 7ml parfum is about 30 years old. It is almost empty and a little concentrated but lovely...just a dab will create the mystery...powdery, warm, a hint of ferrum, floral, very elegant.