In the mid-80s, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred;
In the mid-80s, the world knew the hand of God (may the Lord in heaven have him blessed);
In the mid-80s, carrot pants, shoulder pads and so-called oversized blazers were en vogue;
and in the mid-80s, 1986 to be exact, Jean-Louis-Scherrer brought out a fragrance that I find beguiling, classic, elegant and very lovely;
Wait, Jean-Louis who? For those who don't know him (yet):
Jean-Louis Scherrer was a Parisian couturier who lived through the horrific years of World War II as a child and, with unbridled will and ambition, worked his way up and went on to have an impressive career.
Before entering the world of fashion, however, he tried his hand at dancing at the 'Conservatoire de Paris', a college of music and dance founded in 1795. As a talented young guy, one still justifiably placed great hopes in him, before he said goodbye to dancing due to injury and turned to haute couture.
Scherrer took his first steps in the new industry together with, or rather for Christian Dior, when he joined him in 1956 and was allowed to contribute his knowledge and skills there as a designer assistant alongside Yves Saint Laurent. After Dior's death, he still performed his service for Louis Féraud, also a fashion designer and artist, before fulfilling his dream of owning his own company in 1962.
Years of contacts and relationships abroad, especially the USA, quickly made him an internationally renowned gentleman in his profession. His fashions were particularly noted for their opulence and luxury. Beaded garments, elaborately embroidered, adorned his signature.
Amidst these successes, he - like many designers - soon launched fragrances. The two Chypre classics of 1979, both in the form of EdT, as well as EdP, are certainly among the most famous perfumes that bear his name.
Scherrer 2 EdT, on the other hand, goes in a slightly different direction. It is a sensual-spicy oriental floral bouquet that grabbed me right away. Warm, balsamic, animalic, clean, floral; all adjectives I would ascribe to this fragrance.
Immediately upon smelling the spray head, I was very taken. At the beginning you perceive namely the intense floral notes, which form a wonderfully refreshing unit with a fruity tangerine note. It imagines one stands in a garden of wonderfully fragrant flowers, and enjoys just a tingly juicy tangerine.
But the first spicy tones are not long in coming, because here I perceive in particular the cinnamon and myrrh. These replace the initial flower power and give the fragrance its sensual-spicy and slightly sweet-balsamic accord, which is also enveloped by minimal resinous nuances.
Towards the base, the fragrance once again shows its multi-faceted development by adding a soapy note, where I even smell a hint of animalism, but in a very classy and clean way. Overall, the fragrance also maintains its thoroughly feminine aura throughout the entire course.
The noble bottle of clear glass stands out with its elegance and is intended to symbolize the New York skyscrapers of the 30s by its narrow and straight optics.
I feel the fragrance just at the beginning as quite intense and would therefore advise to be careful when dosing. Here 2-3 spritz mMn completely enough, because these hold already good 8h on my skin. That he has a lot of steam in the butt, you can probably imagine well anyway due to the complex composition. Friends of larger sillage clouds are here certainly well supplied with and have their joy.
In my eyes, he is a little better suited for the colder season, because despite the floral character at the beginning, he would be me personally for warm weather a tick too strong and multi-layered in its whole make.
The Scherrer 2 EdT is in my eyes a sensual-creative and beguiling-attractive 80s Oriental classic with a chypre-heavy twist from the haute couture world of the French capital, which I find insanely beautiful.
Opulent and attractive, sexy and stylish. Complexity in its noblest form is what you get with this fragrance, which I associate in a way with classical paintings from earlier baroque times.
Classified indeed for the ladies, I wear him nevertheless with pleasure on, because gender divisions or the like I have anyway never what given.
Wear and smell, what and how you want...
Fascination knows no boundaries - and divisions into genders even less...
Very dear thanks to Alliage, which has often provided me with samples of women's classics, as recently also with this fragrance.
And thanks to all who have taken the time to read!