Calandre (1969)

(1969)
Calandre (1969) by Paco Rabanne
Flacon Design: Pierre Dinand
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Calandre (1969) (Paco Rabanne)
Calandre (1969) (Paco Rabanne)
Calandre (1969) (Paco Rabanne)
Calandre (1969) (Paco Rabanne)
Calandre (1969) (Paco Rabanne)
Calandre (1969) (Paco Rabanne)
Calandre (1969) (Paco Rabanne)
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Calandre (1969) is a popular perfume by Paco Rabanne for women and was released in 1969. The scent is chypre-flowery. It was last marketed by Puig.

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Perfumer

Michel Hy

Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesLeaf green, Aldehydes, Bergamot
Heart Notes Heart NotesRose, Lily-of-the-valley, Geranium, Jasmine, Iris
Base Notes Base NotesSandalwood, Vetiver, Oakmoss, Musk, Ambergris

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Scent

7.6 (75 Ratings)

Longevity

7.4 (46 Ratings)

Sillage

6.1 (44 Ratings)

Bottle

7.4 (48 Ratings)
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Scent 9.0/10
Helpful Review    3 Awards
More Metallic Than Metal
I've been wearing PR fragrances since the early 1980s, so I can give a bit of history as to how they've changed over time. In those early days, I was a diehard fan of Metal, which I used to buy in parfum concentration at the drugstore (yes, the drugstore). I didn't really like Calandre, which back in the day used to have an unpleasantly metallic edge, although I did buy it on occasion when I could not find its darling sister. Thirty years later, lo and behold, and my tastes have switched. Or is it the perfumes' formulas? Calandre has lost its high-pitched edge (helional?), while the green Metal (now found only in EDT) has grown much harsher. Nowadays Calandre is a fine, classy, aldehydic with a cool white sheen. Nice stuff.
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Future Shock
Calandre was post modern, ultra chic and now too good to be true. Its was very stylish in 1969. Indeed, its aldyde-floral mastery could easily fit onto the 2001 Pan Clipper. It was futuristic glamour ready for the perfume world. Frosty roses mingled with other flowers that commanded attention. The oakmoss has a unique "changed" quality to it. It had become sharp and metallic! What a better way to enter the Space Age? This rose can survive in the void!

It was never really popular in the USA-usurped by its follow-up Rive Gauche in a few years. Micheal Hy was the most progressive nose of his day. However it had an audience that held on until its removal from the market in 2000. 2001 came and went. We never made it to the moon. Calandre is now forgeotten, cold, dry and dusty. Its hermetically sealed in my collection. We shall lament this never to be forgotten glimpse into tomorrow...
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glaring chrome
I get the comparison between Rive Gauche and Calandre, and I love to put one on each wrist just for kicks. It’s fun to watch them both unroll over time. Try the same with Estée Lauder’s White Linen and Calandre. It feels like the same experience as with RG, but the sides have been switched. If RG was on Calandre’s left, then WL sits on its right. Forgetting for the moment who came first, the comparisons of A:B and B:C yield so much similarity, but studying A:C is like comparing apples to aldehydes. There feels like virtually no connection between White Linen and Rive Gauche.

My take on the RG/Calandre comparison is that, contrary to general consensus, Calandre is both ligher in weight and darker in feel that RG. Yes, RG’s rose is darker and Calandre’s chromium shine is brighter than RG’s. And, yes, RG has a dark resinous opening, but the resins grow sweet over time. In the end Calandre has a sharp green chypre facet that RG doesn’t. This is Calandre’s darkness. This chypre aspect is also what makes Calandre seem more tart than WL. Also, the rose in Calandre seems metallic when compared to WL’s sweet rose.

Juxtaposition aside, Calandre stands beautifully on its own and were I to keep one of the three, it would be Calandre.

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