About

I  appreciate old perfumes from all socioeconomic backgrounds, from high end Chanel to drugstore Max Factor. I don’t shy away from obscure  or “low end” perfumes, I’ve found that startling beauty & originality in scent can be found in the unlikeliest of places!

My perfume reviews on this blog are intended to be extremely casual, my own personal perfume journal. They are not intended to be exhaustive or encyclopedic…and they may sometimes be only semi-coherent(!).  My own indulgent ramblings, opinions, associations, reactions, some remembered facts, and maybe a smattering of researched facts. Scent is a very subjective thing, so everyone’s opinions may vary when it comes to the same perfume. This blog represents only my own thoughts. 🙂

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  1. My uncle married Amy Vanderbilt (Kenneth was her hair dresser) and she gave me a bottle for Christmas one year. It is now and always will be, my favorite perfume!

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    • Thank you, Laura! I agree Ramu is such a unique and gorgeous perfume. I’m shocked that it wasn’t more well-known. If you still have your box & bottle and would like to photograph it, I would love to see it because there are so few examples of Ramu photos online. But if you’re too busy, I *completely* understand. Thanks again for sharing your love of Ramu. 🙂

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  2. Dear Night Vintage:

    I read your post on IRIS GRIS by Jacques Fath, you describe this treasure like nobody else. Thank you. I am just wondering on which product you did based your analysis?

    I do have also a few samples of this wonder and I am puzzle by some of your comments, regarding the spiciness side and the metallic effect as described on your review.

    Thank you again
    Regards
    Catherine.

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    • Hi Catherine, I have a small vintage bottle of Iris Gris with tiny bit of bright yellow juice that seems to be in perfect condition. And I have a different small bottle of Iris Gris with amber juice that is not in such good condition but it’s still identifiably the same scent. I based my review on the yellow juice that smells vibrant & perfect.

      The hint of spice is there for me, subtly altering the fruit and orris notes, but scent really is so subjective. I perceive it as cinnamon-like but perfume historian Octavian Coifan, who used to have a blog called 1000Fragrances, identified the spice as a “very light carnation” i.e. the aromachemical Eugenol which often registers as carnation or clove.

      As for the metallic quality, I perceive it more and more as the fragrance dries down, and I think it’s just a natural facet of high quality orris/irone that some perceive.

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