Spring woodlands and 1950s elegance
I have the edt in cylindrical bottle, which I believe is from the 90s, a smaller edt bottle which is older, and a vintage square bottle of the parfum. The 90s bottle is the airiest, haziest, the smaller bottle is earthier, and the parfum has the clearest colours, so to speak, and more pronounced floral notes - I even get sweet whiffs of the coconut here.
It has a clear sense of spring, nature, moss and wildflowers to it. Reminds me of Easter a few years ago, when I went to England with my family and we went for a walk in an open woodland, with thick, luminous bluebell carpets as far as the eye could see.
At the same time, it has a cool, feminine elegance, like a stylish 1950s lady in heels, skirt suit, suede gloves and a wide-brimmed hat.
Two very different images, but I am reminded of both.
Jolie Madame is timeless and beautiful, with a safe place in my spring wardrobe.
In 1988, before I was twelve, I went to London with my family. While shopping, we discovered a tiny boutique that had the coolest sweaters I had ever seen in my life. I begged my mum to get something, but she could only afford one and naturally...
Earthy, animalic chypre
I wouldn't really call this a spicy-floral, as described above - to me it's more an earthy-animalic-leather-chypre. I find it quite dark, and the spiciness is coriander, typical chypre-style. Lots of castoreum, one of my favourite animalic...