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Francelys (1932)
by Gueldy

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Francelys information

Year of Launch1932
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityIn Production
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About Francelys

Francelys is a feminine perfume by Gueldy. The scent was launched in 1932

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Francelys is one of the oddest and most singular scents I’ve ever experienced or reviewed.
It’s practically in a class by itself.

That it’s a chypre there is no doubt. It is the darkest, bitterest, most concentrated chypre I’ve ever encountered. It begins with a burst of an anise accord, though this is not listed among its many ingredients. The pungent tobacco enters quickly and darkens rapidly as all the base notes surround it with the effect of aromatic roots and resins. Myrrh and frankincense dominate.

The tobacco accord begins to resemble a very black and bitter Havana cigar. The resins are too dark to consider this as an oriental – all base and no lift. It is hard to imagine anyone actually wearing this, especially a woman. A man might pull it off, but one may not want to get too close to him.

It’s not exactly offensive, but it is very off-putting and takes a great deal of time to get used to it. It grows on one, similar to the intense Serge Lutens chypre compositions. Cuir Ottoman also comes to mind.

Extremely rare and worth seeking out for those into deep, dark chypres and resins. The bottle design, used often by the Gueldy/Sergy line, is extremely elegant.
20th June, 2018

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