Vintage by Chabaud
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Vintage is a perfume by Chabaud for women. The release year is unknown. The scent is floral-sweet. It is still in production.

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Sophie Chabaud

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesCarnation, Mandarin
Heart Notes Heart NotesYlang-ylang, Jasmine, Tuberose
Base Notes Base NotesCaramel, Honey, Almond



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Submitted by Apicius, last update on 08.09.2018.
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Complex floriental
If I had to sum up Vintage in one word, it would be "complex". There's so much going on all the time, which I did not expect from the comparatively limited number of notes listed.

Vintage opens as a floriental who's gone for a little dip in aldehydes (even though aldehyde is not listed). The word that pops into my mind is "fiery", but not exactly because it is a burning fragrance, but because if it were a person, it would be the kind who would look at you with piercing eyes that never quite leave you alone. Carnation is strong and kind of spicy here, letting you know she's a lady with grit and determination. (Side note: it's less intense if you apply less of it, but I'm sure you already figured that out)

As it settles in a couple of minutes, a creamy, almost vanilla-like deep floral takes over. It's a jumble of florals that I can't tell apart, but there's definitely a zesty ylang-ylang backing this.

Almost 2 hours later, jasmine is the predominant note. At this stage, it's just so creamy with a lightly honeyed nut note. Almost yummy, but not quite gourmand. Florals are still there, still feminine, but she's balanced out some of that grit with a delicate touch.

This lasted around 12 hours on me, which is quite a feat! Towards the end though, Vintage exchanged a bit of that creaminess for something airy and sweeter. Imagine burning caramel on a stove, then letting it cool into a flat sheet, and dipping that into honey and allowing the aroma to waft across the room so that you only just pick up a hint of it. That's pretty much what the drydown is like.

Projection was good for the most part. I'd say this is worth a try if only to see how you would perceive it. It's one of those that grow on you the more you wear it.

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Fat florals in delicate disguise
I wouldn't have even tried this with the notes listed. Here is a slightly alcoholic honey orange floral. Green edges of spicy carnations with rich fat florals. Sweet nuances of rich nectar with the harsher side of the almond pippy edge keeping these fat flowers away from being cloying.

Almond can be a dangerous note because there is an artificial quality to it that can turn a floral perfume into a plastic parody of itself. This fragrance goes up to that dangerous edge, rests there for a moment, but turns and decides not to go there.

There is a complexity about the florals that keeps this slightly interesting. The more spicy side of carnation is the herding flower here, that gathers her huge fat white flowers and keeps their hugeness away from the sweet gourmand zone. These large flowers are on a diet and are wearing their delicate dresses.

There is no heavy base to this. I almost expect some woods or strong contender to come and hold the hand of this feminine creature, because surely a light perfume needs one... or does it? This floral and sweet feminine lady walks by herself and is confidently needing no such heavy duty help to keep her supported. She walks away on her own, leaving an ambery, musky, honey sweet, nectar trail.

There is a very sensitive perfumers hand, whose signature seems to be becoming apparent as we try more of this range. This would be easy to be a clumsy perfume with the use of three enormous florals together, but this has no cloying, nor over sweet application of any ingredient. All aspects of spicy, floral and sweet are kept in check with a fine balance.

Chabaud perfumes seem so far, to be delicate and unassuming creatures, designed to smell 'nice'. Sometimes, in the quest for challenging and uber-niche, maybe we've forgotten that 'nice' is exactly what perfumes are meant to be.

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