Niki de Saint Phalle 1982 Eau de Toilette

Niki de Saint Phalle (Eau de Toilette) by Niki de Saint Phalle
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Niki de Saint Phalle (Eau de Toilette) is a perfume by Niki de Saint Phalle for women and was released in 1982. The scent is chypre-floral. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued. Pronunciation
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesArtemisiaArtemisia
BergamotBergamot
Green notesGreen notes
MintMint
PeachPeach
Heart Notes Heart NotesCarnationCarnation
Orris rootOrris root
JasmineJasmine
PatchouliPatchouli
RoseRose
Ylang-ylangYlang-ylang
CedarCedar
Base Notes Base NotesAmberAmber
OakmossOakmoss
LeatherLeather
MuskMusk
SandalwoodSandalwood

Ratings

Scent

7.279 Ratings

Longevity

8.259 Ratings

Sillage

7.854 Ratings

Bottle

8.559 Ratings
Submitted by Feylamia, last update on 23.12.2021.
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Scent
Susan
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Susan
Susan
Top Review    22  
In the Sacred Grove of the High Priestess....
Nikki de Saint Phalle starts with the wonderfully aromatic and green-herbaceous sweetness of Artemisia....veiled by a gentle peach note......

The florals of the heart note are tightly intertwined and combine to create a rich and dense floral abundance........not floaty, not delicate, not girly..... here is no young maiden in a fluttering dress floating across the meadow of flowers.......

Here the High Priestess strides through her sacred grove.....strong and dignified.....as the foundations of the earth that nothing can shake......and rooted deep within it.......

The finish of the fragrance is velvety-mossy......warm and deep......oak moss and leather are definitely present, but not overly dominant....

Nikki de Saint Phalle's perfume is the olfactory equivalent of her Nanas: sensual, feminine, voluminous.....

For me personally, it's also one of the most beautiful green chypres I know.......er reminds me of a deep dark, mystical forest......of mystery and wonder......

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NaughtyKitty

6 Reviews
NaughtyKitty
NaughtyKitty
Helpful Review    6  
Niki de Saint Phalle EDP wins my vote.
I am writing this review in hopes that it helps someone else with the same question I had regarding the differences between the current EDT and EDP formulations.

My first encounter with Niki was the current EDT formulation in the little cylindrical blue bottle. I sprayed this on and immediately got beautiful green notes. However, within 10 minutes the green notes completely dissipated and I was left with a harsh and nearly nauseating powder smell. At this point, the fragrance grew very linear and the powdery smell gave me a headache. I tried giving this several wearings during different seasons and got the same result every single time. Gorgeous lush green notes for the first ten minutes, followed by a brash poorly blended blast of powder which projected monstrously and stayed linear throughout the entire life of the scent.

However, I would not give up on Niki, since I fell in love with the green opening. I decided to try the current Niki EDP formulation. Now, this was a blind buy, since I could not find a comparison description between the EDT and EDP formulations. So, I went ahead and splurged $60 on a beautiful round glass bottle of the Niki EDP (which incidentally also came with a gorgeous atomizer sprayer). I thought the worst case scenario would be that I would just keep the bottle as a decoration.

But I was shocked, surprised, and astounded. The EDP was NOTHING like the EDT on my skin. The differences were astronomical. Whereas Niki EDT came of as harsh and messy, the EDP was well blended and smooth. While the EDT was all powder, on the contrary the EDP was much more complicated and green. Now I finally understand the comparisons of this fragrance to a lush forest! Now I smell my beloved cedar note and dewy green landscapes. Hallelujah! No more suffocating clouds of harsh dated makeup powder. Finally, I am able to understand Niki's true beauty thanks to the wonderful EDP formulation. On my skin, the EDT and the EDP are truly worlds apart. The EDT hated me. It wore me, and not the other way around. I felt like I was an imposter trying to wear a scent which completely contradicted my tastes and personality. The EDP is truly glorious, refreshing, green, and perfect for the extreme summer heat we experience here in AZ. It's not harsh nor overwhelming. It's noticeable and has great longevity, yet it does not offend or overpower your presence with a could of scent.

I urge anyone who expresses interest in this fragrance to try both the EDT and EDP formulations. One may work much better on your skin than the other, as this was the result I experienced. In my opinion, they are two different fragrances and perhaps skin chemistry plays a large role in this. Likewise, if you are like me and hated the EDT formulation, please give the EDP a chance. I am glad I did!
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5
Longevity
7.5
Sillage
Missk

1165 Reviews
Missk
Missk
Helpful Review    5  
Beautiful mossy chypre
I've found a new love for chypres, particularly ones of this kind. I love the green crispness that these fragrances tend to convey.

Some people may be quick to brand this as an 'old lady' perfume, but I think not. Niki de Saint Phalle is a classic but not in an old-fashioned sense. Green chypres, are in my opinion, timeless.

This fragrance is something that can be worn all year 'round. It's mostly green, mossy powder with hints of tropical fruits and dark, mysterious leather. It's a complex scent, one that keeps me guessing. In some ways it requires a certain air of sophistication to pull it off, but at the same time, it is a relatively easy fragrance to wear.

The scent itself is unusual, perhaps even a touch exotic. It reminds me slightly of Dior's Diorella, though perhaps not as Summery and bright. There is a darkness to Niki de Saint Phalle which is quite addictive and alluring.

The sillage is moderate, and although the longevity could be more lasting, it still lasts relatively well on my skin. I'm surprised to see that this fragrance sells quite cheaply, especially online, which draws me to conclude that this fragrance is an unexpectedly good bargain.
jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
   5  
I knew a girl named Niki...
I thought I’d love this fragrance. Dark green chypre . I’d read a lot of comments from fans. Risky. Strange. Exciting. Maybe the parfum is different, but I only know the edt. NdSP hits the notes I should love (green, mossy, bitter) but doesn’t really do anything with them. The top notes are strong, but indistinct. As it evolves, NdSP starts to seem more unsteady. It’s got some of the right stuff, but what seems like haphazard composition and uneven editing make it seem both out of proportion and simple at the same time. The seams are showing. Not long into its evolution, it gets patchier and then falls apart, and oddly, the only interesting parts ---the bitterness, really (moss, tagetes)---fade and a vague resinous sweetness remains.

Proof that we’re not blind fans of any particular genre and that artistry in composition matters.
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10
Longevity
10
Sillage
Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
Very helpful Review    6  
IFRA Restrictions May Well Have Been Violated in the Production of this Perfume
As if to bellow out from behind a gigantic megaphone, "Yes, you can have it all!" NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE manages to roll the best of chypre florals and leather perfumes all into one powerful potion. To wear this creation is to go on a raucous ride on a bucking bronco out in the wild, wild west. No one can claim that NIKI is boring or tame.

The opening is rather green, with a galbanumesque-edge that introduces a complex chypre which continues to evolve with notes coming and going in wafts of wonderfulness. Meanwhile, the leather begins faint, as almost a soil-like complement, suggesting early on that NIKI will be but another well-behaved chypre. But, no, hold on to your hat, the leather gets darker and heavier as the green dissipates, to be replaced by other tell-tale chypre elements, including oakmoss.

The florals are less assertive players in this composition, but essential as well: this is not fruity or sweet at all and at times the carnation and ylang contribute a dash of spiciness. By the drydown, the leather and the woods have more or less taken over, but the oakmoss persists all the way through to the end, many hours later, thanks to the amber and musk.

NIKI DE SAINT PHALLE is definitely a composition worth trying--provided that you love both leather and classic chypre!
Lola82

362 Reviews
Lola82
Lola82
Very helpful Review    3  
Hairspary
Niki de Saint Phalle and Chanel no 19 don't seem
too different from each other they both have the
simular sharp green opening although no 19 stays
cool and crisp, Niki dries warm and reisenious
with Leather and patches of Civet Niki is a warmer
and extroverted cousin to No 19 with it's cold cypre
like wet grass and dry oakmoss comes to show you that
every Oriental and greens are a Indivual.

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