At the moment, like many of us at home, I'm condemned to do nothing, and since I don't feel like thinking about whether my little one-man business will survive all this, I prefer to occupy myself with beautiful fragrances and a little journey through time, and with many a thought that goes through my mind.
Back to a time that many can hardly imagine, except through reports and stories from older relatives and acquaintances who have experienced this live.
1948, a time when the world was still ravaged by the consequences of the Second World War and the reconstruction of cities, the economy and political structures was intensive. The restoration of a certain order. A time when things were anything but smooth in Germany, as the four allied powers that administered Germany increasingly came into conflict, which then culminated in the Berlin blockade and a currency reform.
And as we know, a little later Germany divided into two republics for a good 40 years.
Nevertheless, the intention was not to deal only with uncomfortable topics, because with the reconstruction and restructuring of the world, the sense of beauty also reawakened.
Nina Ricci (1883 - 1970, under her real name Maria Adélaide Nielli) founded her fashion house in Paris together with her son Robert in 1932. As one of the few she was already able to assert herself in the fashion world with her romantic and feminine designs shortly after the world economic crisis in 1929.
In 1946, the fragrance Coeur Joie was launched on the market under her name. But much greater fame was achieved by L'Air du Temps, released in 1948, which still enjoys great popularity today.
And rightly so, I would argue
By the way, Romano Ricci, the founder of Juliette Has A Gun, is the great-grandson of Nina Ricci.
L'Air du Temps is a splendid and rich floral-spicy fragrance with a very special magic. It starts with the bottle, which was originally designed by Marc Lalique.
And the flacon, with its doves of peace, perfectly symbolizes this restless and contradictory time with its aberrations and the desire for peace and contentment. Even though the cap is now made of plastic, I still admire this enchantingly beautifully designed flacon time and again.
The scent is just as enchanting.
Already the start is very flowery, the heart notes appear together with the top notes, a little bergamot is noticeable in the floral abundance, in addition many spices, I mean to perceive among other things some cinnamon, because I feel a nice warmth. The flowers unfold more and more, but the carnation with its unmistakable scent, which always brings a slight pungency, is the dominant note. A little bit of lily and ylang-ylang I perceive still underlining. This floweriness is without any sweetness and seems very mature to me. But I can recognize its grace and friendliness
Later the warm and spicy impression is deepened by traces of wood and a hint of resin and moss. This could be a hint of chypre, but for me L'Air du Temps is not chypre in the strict sense. The moss in the base is not pronounced enough for this, the typical chypre resin and that certain strictness inherent in chypre scents are missing. And L'Air du Temps also makes a rather soapy impression.
The fragrance is wonderfully composed, as no note disturbs or seems unround to me.
For me, L'Air du Temps is a very touching fragrance, as a certain melancholy floats through the entire composition. A melancholy that arises when one reflects on past times and looks into an uncertain future. In my eyes, the fragrance and bottle embody this very well
That time, the errors and confusion in the world, the insecurity, many cuts and losses that people had to accept. Much that was ended in a drastic way and a sign for a completely new beginning, connected with the great hope for better and more beautiful times
The name is also perfectly chosen, Zeitgeist, is the literal translation. The spirit of the times was full of hope and thus a bridge has been built to today. Because somehow everything repeats itself in one way or another.
At the moment we are all vacillating between hope and fear, hoping that this nerve-racking and gruelling time will end as soon as possible.
Outside there is just beautiful spring weather and the first spring blossoms can already be seen here and there. And yet there is always this intangible threat, healthwise, economically, personally. And I always find myself thinking about other times. Even if it was always restless at that time and sometimes one did not know how everything should go on.
And then there is often a fragrance that can't conjure away hard times, but may give some comfort and confidence for a while. And in these moments you wish that time would stand still for a moment
I don't want to go back to the year 1948 now, but 2020 isn't much fun either, and we will probably have imagined it differently...
Nevertheless, we still have hope, confidence and positive thoughts. And no one can say how many people have sought refuge in this very fragrance and have enjoyed the 72 years that the fragrance has been on the market.
Here I can't give anything else but the full score for this soul scent.
And with many positive thoughts I wish all dear sniffers the very best! May we survive this nightmare as quickly as possible and without major injuries.
Thanks for reading.