Stradivari 1948Cologne Parfumée

Stradivari (Cologne Parfumée) by Prince Matchabelli
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Stradivari (Cologne Parfumée) is a perfume by Prince Matchabelli for women and was released in 1948. The scent is floral-woody. The longevity is above-average. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Scent

8.7 | 8 Ratings

Longevity

8.9 | 7 Ratings

Sillage

7.4 | 7 Ratings

Bottle

8.3 | 11 Ratings
Submitted by DonVanVliet, last update on 06.08.2020.
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7.5
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6
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6
Sillage
Oriane

113 Reviews
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Forgotten Beauty From the House of Matchabelli
Top notes: Aldehydes, Calabrian Bergamot, Cloves, Coriander, Cinnamon, Allspice, Bay, Marjoram

Middle notes: Lavender, Basil, Thyme, Frankincense, Carnation, Rose, Myrrh, Jasmine, Orris

Base notes: Oakmoss, Benzoin, East Indian Vetiver, Patchouli, Mysore Sandalwood, Abyssinian Ambergris, Cedar, Tibetan Musk

Released in 1942, Stradivari is one of the forgotten beauties from the House of Matchbelli. It is classified as a spicy Oriental. According to Perfume Fetish's blogspot, the perfume was the first the house released after WWII began, and it was named for the Prince Matchabelli orchestra which was formed that same year. The fragrance was apparently discontinued in 1967.

I own both the cologne parfumee formulation and the extrait. Stradivari could have been one of the precursors to YSL's Opium which was launched in the 1970s. I find it also has deep similarities with Lutens's Amber Sultan from 1993. It is spicy, warm, and animalic. The dry down boasts real oakmoss, sandalwood, ambergris, and musk. It is a beautiful, complex fragrance that was perhaps a little ahead of its time. If you love spices, incense, dark patchouli, sandalwood, and animalic notes, then I can recommend this fragrance most highly.

Stradivari is unisex in my opinion and best worn in the evening and during the cooler months. My numerical ratings are based on my vintage bottles which of course have suffered over the years, but it is clear that the fragrance was lovely. Even my old bottles still smell quite nice. Of the few fragrances I have tried from this house, Stradivari is one of my favourites. It is such a shame it was discontinued. It could hold its own against many niche fragrances of today.

Fragrance: 7.5/10
Projection: 4/10
Sillage: 4/10
Longevity: 5/10
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Longevity
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Avoirdupois

79 Reviews
Avoirdupois
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A perfume which deserves the title "UNIQUE" (meaning only-one-of-its-kind)!
Indeed, Stradivari by the House of Matchabelli is a timeless classic in perfumery.

It's impossible realistically to compare it with any other fragrance, for it has such distinction, with powerful and subtle aromas in a masterful recipe. It has a wide floral opening with subtle citrus support which soon allows the woody aspects to flow through, creating a heady, ethereal mix to enchant and captivate. The drydown is spicy, powdery, smoky and memorable. Longevity and sillage are remarkable. Nothing else is quite like it. Stradivari is a dream come true.

I first encountered this perfume some years back when a friend, the late Prince Hassan Durrani of Afghanistan, was a roving ambassador for the House of Matchabelli. They have many other fine fragrances, but nothing compares with Stradivari, the eternal and shining wonder.

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