Originally published on http://www.australianperfumejunkies.com 17 July, 201
Bringing back the 80’s!
Hey Frag Friends, Robert H. here, writing from the Pacific Northwest…
Today it’s All about the 80’s!
Xia Xiang by Charles Of The Ritz for Revlon (1987) (L)
JCC No2 by Marice Roucel for Castelbajac (1987) (R)
Got these little honeys in a mixed auction lot awhile back and they’ve been sitting on my desk since then. So today when I decided to clean my desk (again) I decided to give them a try!
um……WOW! Just WOW! Shall we talk about absolutely classic late 80’s Chypres? Yes, let’s!
JCC No2 by Castelbajac
(Maurice Roucel 1987)
Top: aldehydes, lemon, bergamot, fruity notes, galbanum and gardenia.
Heart: carnation, rose, jasmine, lily of the valley, iris, ylang-ylang and sandalwood.
Base: amber, castoreum, labdanum, leather, moss, patchouli and olibanum.
One spritz from this bottle and my head was REELING from castoreum, oakmoss and galbanum overload! I had to sit down, the skank was so overwhelming. And gorgeous.
That skank only stays for about 10 minutes then fades into the background and stays there, throwing out tendrils of raunchy beaver scent to mix with the heart and drydown. Phew.
Then leather, labdanum, patch and flowers appear, beautifully blended, and absolutely “old school”!
Rose, ylang, carnation, iris…. it’s all there in typical 80’s fashion, when the hair was BIG, the shoulder pads were BIGGER, and the perfume was potent!
Xia xiang by Revlon (1987)
Xiang (pronounced “see-AH see-AHNG”) by Revlon was launched in 1987.
Top: bergamot, amalfi lemon and tangerine;
Middle: jasmine, african orange flower, gardenia, ylang-ylang, rose and lily-of-the-valley.
Base: sandalwood, patchouli, oak moss, tonka bean, vanille, peach, plum and chamomile. No less potent, but a bit “softer”. No blast of animalic, but LOTS of oakmoss, and again every flower you can think of with some fruit accords thrown in because why not, right? Powder, sandalwood, patch, tonka, vanilla, it’s all there.
Made by Charles Of The Ritz, my first thought was that this would be a big-hot-floral-mess, but no. It all comes together to produce a perfect harmony of flowers and notes that proves the point that less is NOT always more!
Bring back the 80’s!!!
Actually, no. Don’t. Just the pre-IFRA perfume!
Do you have a favorite 80’s scent that you’ve rediscovered?