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Vocalise (1997)
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Vocalise information

Year of Launch1997
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 15 votes)

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PerfumerJacques Cavallier
PackagingSerge Lutens

About Vocalise

This fragrance was developed on the key phrase “in praise of contradiction,” which spoke to the idea of simply embracing and expressing the many contradictions inherent in the human heart. From the front the bottle seemed a simple circle, but with a ridge line full of waverings. Changing the angle of view brought the two contradictory elements of “fineness” and “strength” into view in marked contrast. The perfume was blended by French perfumer Jacques Cavallier.

Reviews of Vocalise

Delicate, light, ephemeral. Vocalise is classified as an Oriental floral. I would agree with the “Oriental,” but it is an extremely discreet one. As for floral, I get more fruit than floral. Vanilla, too, is well represented, of course. There are florals present in a mixed bouquet, but to my nose they are quite negligible. There is a bit of powder in the drydown. I get a nice sandalwood in the base. Vocalise has a very simple construction that is transparently applied. Although there is no real edge to anything in this fragrance, it is a very good scent. It is balanced and refined. It would be almost impossible to misapply… impossible to be offending. Its delicacy is charming and elegant at the same time. But it would be nicer if it lasted longer.
14th March, 2008
A lovely soft white floral with a delicious drydown. The pepper and cypress are present but very subdued. The lily is quite dominant. Very pretty and elegant.
01st September, 2006

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