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Weil de Weil (1971)
by Weil


Weil de Weil information

Year of Launch1971
Average Rating
(based on 26 votes)

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Parent CompanyAroli
Parent Company at launchFashion Fragrances

About Weil de Weil

Weil de Weil is a feminine perfume by Weil. The scent was launched in 1971

Weil de Weil fragrance notes

Reviews of Weil de Weil

Weil de Weil has been discontinued, and there are two reasons for that. One of them is bad luck, the other is by design.

It was released in 1971, a year when three outstanding perfumes also appeared on the stands: No19, Rive Gauche and Aromatics Elixir. Any scent would be challenged by such world class competition but the Weil had a major disadvantage. It’s a Givenchy III clone, and a rough and ready one at that.

Little wonder then - that it didn't survive on the market; I wouldn’t say it deserved to go, but was there any reason to buy a copy of G-III when there were brilliant new things to be had?
17th January, 2021
Wow. I have to say that this is one of the more surprising scents I've ever smelled. This thing shifts incredibly! There is a very green moment right at the start and then suddenly the strangest animalic scent rears its little furry head. It's a very odd combination of old tobacco, a bit of genuine skin-sweat, and something akin to the leathery notes found in vintage Cabochard. For one mothball-y and gasoline-laden minute, I am appalled, but then this weeks' old ashtray softens and become something rather seductive and unusual. I am both intrigued and slightly puzzled, as other reviews hadn't quite mentioned this almost Onda-like aspect. Is this vetiver or coriander combined with the narcissus? I don't understand it, but I really kind of love it and think this is just my kind of thing! Odd, but very highly intriguing.
13th September, 2017 (last edited: 17th September, 2017)
Thumbs up for the vintage edp of Weil de Weil, a sharp, bracing, floral smell, good to start the day. I've stayed at a hotel that uses a similar smell for the soap and shampoo, and I like it.
22nd November, 2016
Galbanum is done right here. The first hour is a perfect combination of green and floral. This hour is one of the best representation of spring
After a few hours though it veers off-script and becomes soapy.
27th May, 2016
An excellent green floral - bright and fresh.

Barbara Herman found the opening bitter, but I do not. After the first burst of freshness, the base notes give it a spicy support with the help of a generous burst of coriander.

Too bad this is discontinued, as it is one of the better green florals I have experienced.
Look for it on Ebay, where it is quite affordable.

Top notes: Galbanum, Gardenia, Hyacinth, Neroli
Heart notes: Rose, Orris, Jasmine, Narcissus, Ylang
Base notes: Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Oakmoss, Musk, Amber, Coriander
17th August, 2014
Weil de Weil is a green floral chypre. In 1971 when it released it might have been called typical. Unlike today, there was an abundance of green floral and green chypre fragrances. From the perspective of 2013, this school of green florals having died on the vine, Weil de Weil could be considered quintessential, a classic.

Weil de Weil is a wonderful day to day fragrance, and tells us much about the sensibility of the perfumery of its time. Like Ivoire de Balmain, which came later, it has the sensibility of old-school department stores in that it was easily accessible, simple to buy, simple to wear. It's from an era when even drugstore fragrances had an expectation of quality.

Weil de Weil comes from an interesting school of fragrance history. The people who made, sold and wore these perfumes had no idea that the big 80s were coming their way. They were the logical extensions of the pointed floral chypre fragrances of the late 50s and early 60s. But they also came after the start of mainstream experience of the youth cultural revolution of the 60s. From the perspective of stylistic convention, the early-mid 1960s might as well have been the late 1950s. But these green girls survived their time without flipping their wigs: Chanel 19, Weil de Weil, YSL Rive Gauche, Paco Rabanne Metal. They took a fairly mannered genre and taught it to loosen up.

If the chypres of the 40s and 50s reflected the fashion of their time (think of the influence of Dior’s New Look and Miss Dior) this era put the chypres in bell-bottoms and sandals. The age of aquarius chypre ranged from the prettiness of Estée Lauder Private Collection to the aggressiveness of Clinique Aromatics Elixir. These new-mainstream Guérilleres debuted after the summer of love, heads clear, eyes open and looking squarely at the Viet Nam War and the protest against it. It's easy to frame the conventional awareness of the time as regressive, à la Trish Nixon, but this was also an expansive, revolutionary time for the civil rights of everyday women. Weil de Weil is one of the green florals that captures the combination of exploration and acceleration of the early 1970s.

I appreciate niche perfumery, and I tolerate the exclusive lines of many designer perfumers but I regret the need for both. The categorical distinction between high and low in perfumery is one of the less desirable outcomes of the notion of the perfumer as artist-director-entrepreneur. I miss the days not only of great perfumes coming from department stores and the like, but the expectation that these venues would produce quality perfume.

I miss the accessibility, the lack of exclusivity, the sense of common purpose, that these everyday, empowering green fragrances gave us.</div>
31st July, 2013 (last edited: 18th May, 2015)

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