Narcisseby Chloé (1992)
65 of 100%, 101 Ratings
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|Released in the year 1992, production apparently discontinued.|
|Perfumer: IFF (International Flavors & Fragrances)|
|Top Notes||Apricot, Frangipani, Orange blossom, Pot marigold|
|Heart Notes||Spices, Jasmine, Narcissus, Rose|
|Base Notes||Musk, Sandalwood, Tolu balsam, Vanilla|
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4 Review Awards
The Chloe family always reminded me of dark clothing, misty jazz clubs filled with smoke, art galleries off the beaten path filled with eccentric odd paintings and street photography. It's for the woman who wears silver and gold jewelry at the same time, long vintage earrings, 1950's bangle bracelets and 1940's suit jackets with her just right capris and ballet slippers. Her lips are stoplight red and she arches her brows. She turns heads wherever she goes but not because she wants to, rather, because she is a composition of classics well put together and she does it right, although mysteriously and not many can. She stands alone and cannot be duplicated. That's what Chloe Narcisse is all about.
Helpful Review - 05/23/2013
6 Review Awards
Gorgeous rich fruity oriental floral! Opens with a fresh burst of just picked and sliced fresh juicy pineapple and peachy apricots along with a thick, fully blooming bouquet of bittersweet, invigorating marigold, with some scattered sweet orange blossoms and a few petals of delicate tropical frangipani swirled in.
Next comes a heady mélange of zesty clove-laden spices, some sultry jasmine, and a mountain of narcotically sweet green-sappy-dewy morning fresh daffodils smelling like the stems were just ripped from the earth! The rose is only an afterthought here adding a touch of richness, and melding the florals to the supporting base of spicy resinous tolu balsam, a slightly astringent yet rich sandalwood, a clean woody cedar for added depth, and a moderate weight musk to impart a sensual feeling of intimacy.
The vanilla, used here in poised restraint, moderates the bitterness of the marigold. Likewise the powerfully resinous marigold curbs the sweetness of the vanilla. A splendidly opulent balance is achieved in this composition due to this equalization between these two opposing notes, which is ongoing within this scent from opening to complete dry down, and contributes largely to the brilliant and unique character of this perfume.
I find this fragrance to be warmly sensuous and inviting. There is something joyful and relaxed within it as well. It is powerful without being overtly loud. Non-threatening, elegantly seductive, and lots of fun! On my skin there is a distinct absence of harshness, and a plentiful abundance of soft, plushy, clean-skin melding carnal voluptuousness. It’s just delightful! I love it!
8 Review Awards
It does smell flowery, bitter-sweet, deep yellow/orange, rich and almost opulent, but not really loud. There is a fruity quality, like unripe apricots or peach, and a texture of peach skin all over the fragance.
A rubbery orange blossom rules over the full bodied opening. Flowers rearrange around a note of daffodil that is, like the mythical Narcissus, obsessively egocentric: the flowers enhance the different qualities of daffodil (rich, sweet, animal, mossy, rubber) in a way that sometimes it gets lost in them. The fruits and nutmeg are the most misleading if you are searching for a natural daffodil.
As this well-behaved fragance evolves it gets smoothier and warmer, like a copper/blush colored velvet, linearly. There is a soft narcotic, alluring quality in Narcisse. It is truly growing on me.
The drydown is balmy and vanillic, and slightly milky. It is VERY tame and politely insolent, which i like. With a more aggresive touch , Narcisse would be wildly interesting.
Thank you K and the drag queen from Human Resources from 15th floor for this sample ;)
Yes, yes...tame but insolent...perfect!
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Very helpful Review - 01/09/2012
5 Review Awards
Chloe Narcisse starts out as quite a strong yet unique floral. Although the opening notes nearly sent me flying backwards I couldn't help liking the scent. It's like a rich and intense burst of warm honey, marigolds, pineapple and orange blossom. A strange mixture, yet a likable one.
The heart of this fragrance however, is my favourite part. The scent softens and becomes a beautiful blend of flowers, like walking through a garden in the Spring when all the flowers are in bloom. You can smell roses, jasmine, gardenia and carnations all mixed together like an exquisite bouquet.
The drydown is also wonderful with its vanilla and woodsy notes blended perfectly, creating an enjoyable end to this incredibly long-lasting fragrance.
I know that this fragrance may not be for everyone because it is indeed very intense, flowery and sweet, however for the inexpensive price it is certainly worth trying. I'm not surprised that men find Chloe Narcisse to be very sexy and alluring, I myself agree entirely. This fragrance, when worn in moderation, has the ability to make the biggest of tomboys feel feminine, sensual and pretty. Definitely a must try.
Missk: "the opening notes nearly sent me flying backwards". Indeed they do! Get past those & you'll be richly rewarded. Must be why Narcisse is both underrated & misunderstood.
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