Happy to see there's interest here! I like hearing about what the lover of a certain perfume loves about that particular perfume by far more than technical analysis, or worse yet, disses.
And to trace slang like "diss" back to its time of origin...Currently raving on ... 90s designer darlings
with oriental-ish vibe in cute packaging ...
Yesterday at an antiques place I chanced upon this initially somewhat off-putting trio. Their images range from a bit tacky, cute, conceptual, suggestive, outright odd, or even elegant, depending on one's points of reference. But I find each of the three bottle designs unique compared to most, and the scents are very representative of their time--recent-vintage classics.
1992's release from Fendi, Asja
, nose Jean Guichard, is definitely on my to-buy list. This is the only real love/crush I am promoting here, but the other two are part of the story.
Asja's notes: (according to Fragrantica)Top- raspberry, peach, lemon and bergamot
Middle- mimose, nutmeg, honey, carnation, cinnamon, orchid, orris root, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, bulgarian rose and egyptian jasmine
Base - sandalwood, amber, musk, benzoin, vanilla, cedar and styrax.)
Asja avoids gourmand nicely in spite of the pyramid. The complex middle is especially striking. The scent is quite classic and vintage seeming. Similar in level of quality to Theorema. Of the three perfumes I am mentioning, Asja is my favorite, and it likely influenced the following two.
1993 saw Kenzo
's release of the Sophia Grojsman comp Kashaya.
Fragrantica reports:Top - apricot, tangerine, bergamot, peach
Middle - jasmine, tuberose, orchid, hyacinth, rose, lily, carnation
Base - sandalwood, amber, vanilla, musk, benzoin and cedar
As you can see, lots of similarity in structure to Asja, but the less complex middle dominated (TMN) by tuberose is less dreamy and refined, more dancing a little suggestively. The bottle looks, as the ad suggests, like a pair of bound hands and "kashaya" seemingly means "eternal love" in Sanskrit. This is the most floral of the three discussed and is also the scent I am most uncertain about here: not a crush, more of a stray out of character flirtation, but at the same time Kashaya is maybe the sexiest, in terms of classically sexy-accessible, curvy, and Ms. Monroe (Asja is more intimidating). This could verge on plasticky for some, but the drydown is pleasing for fashiony casual wear.
1994 saw Nina Ricci
release Deci DelÃ*
(nose: Jean Guichard, who did Asja above)
Top- apricot, raspberry, osmanthus, peach, boronia and red currant
Middle- freesia, jasmine, sweet pea and rose
Base- cypress, sandalwood, patchouli, resins and vanilla (source: Fragrantica)
Deci DelÃ* matches quite well its bottle--which is kind of a Schiaparelli throwback and bordering on clunky--and name (here-and-there, to and fro?, at least capricious in whimsical way, but i also think de-li-cious for its fruitness), and sees Guichard going for something less insanely heavy than his notorious/infamous Obsession.
Supposedly Deci DelÃ* is a chypre, but I think it straddles into lightish Oriental territory, a precursor to, but much lighter than, Gucci Rush. Like Gucci Rush, it's a bit avant-garde in terms of mismatched phases. Deci DelÃ* is a comfort scent. I see it as ideal for a normally refined woman letting loose and looking for some light cheer. But this cheer is charmingly strange and satisfying like a giddy in-joke. Still, it is, for a near-loud scent, pretty quiet and girlish in the way most Riccis are. I found it imminently repeat-sniffable and not aggressively cheery: simply relaxed and pretty. A departure from the finer Ricci canon, but a fun one, not as dismal as the Belles de
line, though whose bottles I really love--so weird.Fleurine
, it seems you have such lovely and feminine tastes; a style I am interested in exploring more. Tinkerbelle was a lamplighter by profession and keeper of the fairy dust that helped all to fly, she looked fabulous and had a temper, she watched over the Lost Boys, and poor little dear had eyes for Peter Pan while he was splitting his time between Wendy and having to explain to Captain Hook that he didn't swing that way. Did anyone else use the toy Tinkerbelle brand perfume as a kid? I was mad for it, hoarding tooth fairy money to buy up the stuff. I didn't even know I was a born perfumista, but look what's been dug up! The closest thing I've found to toy Tinkerbell perfume now is a very, very light application of Gaultier's Ma Dame.Twolf
: St Louis, MO, but only very recently again. I'm originally from here and after several months back, I find 'you can't go home again' is true for me. I'm very connected to the river and traveling up and down it to the different cities North and South, ergo Life on the Mississippi. Plus the Mark Twain reference, he was quintessentially what is actually decent and special about America!