Gala 1991

Version from 1991
Gala (1991) by Loewe
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Gala (1991) is a popular perfume by Loewe for women and was released in 1991. The scent is floral-animal. Projection and longevity are above-average. It was last marketed by LVMH.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesAldehydesAldehydes
BergamotBergamot
Green notesGreen notes
RosewoodRosewood
LemonLemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesCarnationCarnation
JasmineJasmine
Lily of the valleyLily of the valley
RoseRose
Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber
BenzoinBenzoin
CastoreumCastoreum
LabdanumLabdanum
PatchouliPatchouli
SandalwoodSandalwood
VanillaVanilla
CivetCivet

Ratings

Scent

8.136 Ratings

Longevity

8.428 Ratings

Sillage

8.428 Ratings

Bottle

8.945 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 09.06.2021.
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The dark, forgotten beauty
The first time I tried Gala - I think it was a sample that a kind person sent to me, many years ago - I was completely floored. A wonderful, huge blast of soft aldehydes, sweet, very realistic jasmine, creamy sandalwood and loads and loads of dark, animalic castoreum... I had never smelled anything like it. It was like a huge piece of beautiful cloth, a blanket, a cape, a shawl, I am not sure exactly what, it was soft and heavy at the same time, it was dark velvet and airy lace, and I just wanted to wrap myself in it and breath in the beautiful scent forever. I knew I had to have it, and ordered a bottle immediately.

Strangely enough, I hardly ever wore it. I suppose I found it a little difficult to wear in public, I was worried that its heavy animalic trail would scare people away. Vintage perfumes sometimes have that effect on those who are not used to them. I love animalic perfumes myself, but yes, I admit that with some of them, people might sometimes wonder if perhaps you didn't wash for a while.

So Gala stayed in my closet, unused for years. I tested it again recently, and found that I am not as enchanted by it as I was all those years ago. I feel that the castoreum floats on top like a much too heavy lid, it doesn't blend in with the rest in the way that I remember, and I keep wishing for it to go away.

It makes me a bit sad, because when you remember something as being very beautiful, you want it to stay that way. But maybe it's just me - getting older, no longer able to carry that gorgeous velvet-lacy cape with the natural grace that it requires.

Gala will remain with me as a bitter-sweet memory in a beautiful bottle. And perhaps a reminder to wear what you love, while you are able to...

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