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Genny (original) (1987)
by Genny


Genny (original) information

Year of Launch1987
Average Rating
(based on 14 votes)

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Parent CompanyInvestindustrial > Morris
Parent Company at launchHanorah

About Genny (original)

Genny (original) is a feminine perfume by Genny. The scent was launched in 1987

Reviews of Genny (original)

It may be hard to believe, but the nose who created Genny by Rivara Hanorah (1987) is none other than a young Jean-Claude Delville, the same man who would give birth to the empire of clean and sweet that was Curve for Men by Liz Claiborne (1996) and all it's various Claiborne Cosmetics progeny. Just goes to show you that you can't always judge a perfumer's taste by that of their clients, but history does sort of betray Mr. Delville in a sense because most of his oeurve beyond Genny would be rather tame by comparison. So what's the big deal you ask? Well, this is one Hell of a big-boned rose chypre full of oakmoss, sandalwood, and animalic goodness, released close to when this style would start seeing decline in favor of synthetic pleasantries. In 1987, Rivara Hanorah parent distributor Diana di Silva would go on record for saying Genny was really expensive to make and it shows, but it would be a false equivalency to say that expense translates into class, since this one is anything but a pinkies-out kind of gal.

The opening of Genny (later dubbed Genny Original before giving birth to flankers than itself being discontinued) is aldehydes, bergamot, petit-grain, galbanum, and orange blossom, announcing the green wrecking ball phase. These opening moments, when combining with the heart of rose, geranium, jasmine, ylang-ylang, iris, and muguet, smell somewhere between Clinique Aromatics Elixir (1971) and Diva by Ungaro (1984), but things soon get wilder than that. The thick application of oakmoss cannot be ignored here, neither can the sandalwood and vetiver, as they all maintain the green character of Genny, but the further down this dries, the heavier the raunch gets, thanks to civet, patchouli, and labdanum. Before it's over, you have a pungent skin scent that rests between Bal à Versailles by Jean Desprez (1962) and something from a Middle Eastern souk, peppered with bits of green chypre familiarity. Genny isn't quite a fallen madam, but she might as well be. Wear time is very long, and sillage is "80's strong" so wear where you dare, but try to have mercy and not use this in hot weather.

Genny is just one oud application shy of being a precursor to Oud Infini by Parfums Dusita (2014), but luckily it won't cost you $450 for 50ml, at least not for a number of years yet - because with ingredients like that you can bet your ass it's very discontinued - but if it ever does cost that much, you still might seriously want to get a nose on it. I'd say fans of animalics and chypres need not worry about gender-appropriate use either, as this one will make anyone's lip curl. Genny isn't the best in class because Estée Lauder was still making knockout chypres in the 80's and stuff from Paloma Picaso (1984) existed, plus Paco Rabanne La Nuit (1987) and Montana Parfum de Peau (1987) would rise to challenge poor Genny in a variety of ways, but none of them were quite as virile in the finish. If you're fond of the unwashed undie vibe in your classic shoulderpad-era perfume, you'll go together with Genny like peas and carrots, but otherwise this may be a beast better left alone to roam the untamed wilds. Mr. Delville, I didn't know you had it in you, and if I were you, I'd spend less time minding the curves and more time casting bedroom eyes with perfumes like this. As a warning, more-recent bottles of Genny released under the brand "Genny" have nothing in common with this besides the re-used logo. Thumbs up.
24th March, 2020
This is the Feminine that resembles Aromatics Elixir. To my mind easier to wear as a man as it seems to have an absence of Tuberose, Muguet together with the right Patchouli Oakmoss Sandal combination to fulfill my Masculine taste.
The Rose is well represented with a plush roundness and dimension attractive with a tannic edge.
The cardamom is weaved in with such eloquence that it only whispers it's camphor vs the AE cloud of the same.
Well blended in that it has no sharpness or single note
loudness. Smooth drydown to an exceptional Oakmoss and Tobacco.
Vintage of course, so none of the wonderful availability of the Clinique.
25th July, 2016 (last edited: 21st March, 2018)
The original vintage juice in the triangular bottle is stunning. The nuanced progression of the opening florals practically requires a play-by-play sports announcer to describe accurately. To oversimplify, I get a heart of marigold with rose with two kinds of ongoing highlights – (a) lighter floral notes from jasmine/iris and (2) spicy notes from patchouli, oakmoss, and perhaps a tiny touch of a cooking spice. This is enveloped in a smooth sandalwood and light musk. Genny has an ambiguity to it. It has a boldness borne of complexity but stays within itself without ostentation. In my own personal Platonic realm of pure forms there would be phases of Genny's progression where I would turn down the patchouli a notch, particularly in the dry-down, but this at least makes Genny plausibly unisex. In any event, in the real world, its hard to come by a more ideal experience.
02nd June, 2015
The sister fragrance of Aromatic Elixir, it's a great and sophisticated fragrance too.
27th August, 2006
This scent is not only obscure but a fantastic find that few, if any, will recognize. Its notes are suspiciously similar to Ungaro's Diva, having the same hint of creaminess, yet the drydown has a certain something to it that results in a very femine, sophisticated fragrance that, to me at least, wins the race to the finish line in competition with its more notarious Big Sister Diva. It never really got off the ground in the U.S., which is more the pity for such a beautiful perfume.
17th August, 2004

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