Lots of people can't stand it, but I love the sharp green top notes of Eau du Soir, especially the juniper. This is the Platonic version of a gin fizz, what we shold be drinking in the cave as we console ourselves with shadows on the wall. Although at heart I love the green, citrus, incense end of chypres, I've been through a recent Mitsouko phase of wearing softer, very slightly fruitier or more hortulan numbers (Eau Sauvage, Private Collection, vintage Miss Dior), and have not worn EdS for a while. Then I discovered the gorgeous Bandit the other day, and realised that what I love about it is the same sharp, almost aggressive, green coniferous notes I find in EdS. So I am writing this with Eau du Soir on my right wrist (the EdP), and Bandit on my left. I never thought I would say this, but Bandit is actually sharper; Eau du Soir has that softening syringa note in the heart which I never noticed, and makes it, weirdly, more of a floral than I ever realised. At the same time, Eau du Soir has a developing lemony citrus note in conjunction with the lilac which keeps it fierce. I love Bandit the way I love Timbuktu (probably my all-time favourite along with Sycomore) - that take-no-prisoners, militantly ungirly style of woody, incense-laden scents - and I'm adding it to my wardrobe immediately. But Eau du Soir, which has been standing forlornly at the back of my collection for some months now, is now immeasurably enriched for me in the comparison. Bravo Eau du Soir, and thank you, beautiful Bandit, for the felicitous rapprochement! Update - funny how people who loathe it think the bottle is pretty. I love the scent but think the bottle is astonishingly tacky (yucko plastic something-or-other, a gilded unpleasantness you would find on the pavement). Maybe Sisley spent all its development money on the juice and only had enough left for extruded plastic.
Eau Du Soir by Sisley, 1990
Top: Grapefruit, mandarin orange Heart: Carnation, iris, jasmine, French labdanum, ylang-ylang, patchouli, oakmoss, rose, lily-of-the-valley, juniper, pepper, syringa Base: Musk, amber To me, this regal fragrance is a sweeter, richer, dressier and more elaborate variation of Jean-Louis Scherrer (the original 1979 edition). In fact, EDS and JLS share the carnation, iris, jasmine, rose, amber, musk and oakmoss notes. Once the fresh hersperides have vanished and the dry-down begins, a luxurious floral bouquet emerges with opulent dark green notes and spicy hints of carnation and pepper perfectly balanced by the powdery iris note and the warm amber base. Eau du soir is wonderful at all stages of its development and its longevity is outstanding. This top quality fragrance is a true work of art. As a rule, I am outraged when fragrances cost three times as much as they should for no particular reason. Eau du soir is extremely pricey but in this particular case, I can clearly see why it should be so expensive. Pardon the old cliché, but Eau du soir is the Rolls-Royce of perfumes!
This is perhaps my total comfort, wear forever fragrance. A classic chypre that starts out quite citrus but mellows to a beautiful floral, very slightly spicy and mossy animalic base. I can't pick out each note but will give, instead, an overal impression. This is rich without being sickening, lasting but not cloying, has perfect sillage, is very warm and feminine and elegant. This is a mature scent and the body lotion is completely true to the fragrance. I usually avoid lotions because they are usually a disappointment compared to the fragrance, in this instance, I may actually prefer it. Just gorgeous. Can't say enough about this one. AND it smells natural and expensive. Lovers of classic chypres of a certain age must at least try this, I defy them not to fall in love.
The scent is wonderful for a "little hint" at bedtime. The chords of fragrances has a deep range & is saved from any excess of floral or excessively sweet notes by a watery top note that suggests the best qualities of privet. The middle & basenotes settle into the warmth of human smells... I would save this one for light use at night. I have no trouble with the romantic sculpture topping the bottle but then one of my favorite painters is Courbet....a bit of drama in his "realism" & lots of eroticism..
Eau Du Soir is a green floral chypre: no doubts. Sharp, check. Floral, check. Mossy, check. What's wrong with it then? It smells cheap and dated. I love perfumes that have a strong old-fashioned vibe and I love classics from the past as well but, to me, Eau Du Soir turns the adjective "old-fashioned" into "obsolete". More than a fascinating black and white movie, Eau Du Soir brings to mind of those late 80's beginning of the 90's low budget comedies where actresses used to dress with ridiculous clothes and had hideous hairdos. Thumbs down.
i agree that this is not a perfume for inexperienced young ingenues . It's a grown up fragrance that sparkles in the top notes. Not as repressed as Chanel 19 , the dry down is true and on mature skin (mine, that is) the whole impression is luxurious and yet playful. The only scent I wear that other women comment on favourably - so it must be non-threatning . Just as I , as a mature woman, would not attempt to wear these fruity , same-ey concoctions that seem to be de rigeur amongst the younger set , I would not expect anyone under 35 to to understand Eau de Soir .
This is a classic, averagely sharp, green-floral-honeyed chypre of great sophistication that shows some similarities with the more earthy and aromatic but less fruity-floral Aromatics Elixir which with Eau du Soir shares many basic ingredients and a timeless elegance. The fragrance is heavy on moss, juniper, hesperides, obviously on flowers and musk. The combination of citrus, rose, juniper, ylang-ylang, a touch of honey, musk-moss and iris sets that sort of barely mild, soapy, almost neutral and opaque laundry atmosphere that is a tangy facet of the fragrance and constitutes a base on which the chord of rose, deeply floral syringa, jasmine, patchouli and iris roots a tremendously luxurious, discreet and womanly floral trail that turns out the fragrance so famous and well valued among the women all over the world. Some well calibrated animal notes as ambergris , honey and cistus stress the spark of the attractiveness while a complex spicy heart with a dominant note of pepper stabilizes the level of sharpness and enhances the general depth and luxuriousness without instilling pungency while rooting a barrage to arrest the mellifluence. Some woody notes set stableness and balance. The outcome is a very classy smell of chic high class women full of charm and taste.
One of the shinier green chypres. Heavier on the bergamot part of the chypre equation than the moss, Eau du Soir simply dazzles in the top notes. It stays true to its first impression, though, and remains brilliant through the heartnotes. By this point, most green chypres are either heading toward leather or a dusky sort of glow. EdS manages to shine yet keep its complexity. There's a dry floral quality that smells a bit like gin. It's searing, sharp, gorgeous. Here is where EdS balances the green chypre family resemblance and its own distinctiveness. I've read that people find this somewhere in the powerful-to-overpowering range in terms of both broadcast and tenacity. Maybe so, but this is one of those potent fragrances that begs to be worn brashly. Hideous bottle, but don't let that stop you.
Sooooo green!! This is how chanel 19 should smell! Eau du Soir is elegant and classy, with great and strong sillage and lasting power, anyway I love Mature Scents, but this one Is tooo Mature for me. I found that the musk part is as intense as Montana Parfum de Peau.
I first came across Eau du Soir in the early to mid '90s when I was given a sample at a Sisley counter. I was then in my early twenties and I found the scent too grand dame for my tastes. I wore it, nevertheless, and -much to my own surprise- I felt very comfortable in it. It smells mature, yet not old; green, yet not wild; floral yet not girlie; formal yet not stuffy. Undeniably French. It is classic. It is elegant. It is confident...and what could be sexier than confidence? I now think of it not as the scent of a grand dame, but that of a femme fatale.
Eau Du Soir by Sisley, 1990
|Bottle Designer||Bronislaw Krysztof [stopper sculpture]|
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