Sud Est 1995Eau de Toilette

Sud Est (Eau de Toilette) by Romeo Gigli
Bottle Design Jacques Helleu
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Sud Est (Eau de Toilette) is a popular perfume by Romeo Gigli for men and was released in 1995. The scent is green-chypre. The longevity is above-average. It was last marketed by Proteo Profumi.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBasil, Bergamot, Hyacinth, Jasmine
Heart Notes Heart NotesCoriander, Laurel, Rosemary, Thyme, Vermouth, Cinnamon
Base Notes Base NotesBalsam, Woods, Musk

Ratings

Scent

7.6 (18 Ratings)

Longevity

8.0 (13 Ratings)

Sillage

6.6 (11 Ratings)

Bottle

7.7 (21 Ratings)
Submitted by TrueBlood, last update on 05.06.2020.
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Scent
10
Longevity
10
Sillage
10
Bottle
Drseid

745 Reviews
Drseid
Drseid
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Bridging The Gap Between Classic Powerhouses and Modern Releases...
Sud Est goes on with a blast of gorgeous green oakmoss, while adding basil, thyme and other herbs along with a jasmine floral undertone for balance. As the fragrance progresses to its early heart the herbs grow in intensity as the basil and thyme become the stars, adding in an underlying cinnamon spice as the florals dissipate and the oakmoss slowly recedes. During the late dry-down the starring herbs remain as the oakmoss is finally replaced by supporting cedar and musk in the base. Projection is outstanding, and so is longevity at well over 15 hours on skin.

Sud Est was a blind buy, and I can safely say it is one of the best I have made to date. The early green oakmoss hooks you in and the herbs, spices and late woods seal the deal. If you have tried the regular Romeo Gigli, I would not use it as the basis for expecting to love or hate Sud Est as the compositions couldn't be much more different. Just about the only thing similar is the fabulous bottle they both come in. Honestly, I am having a hard time finding a fragrance Sud Est most closely resembles outside of the incomparable vintage Captain Molyneux early-on; and that only strengthens my belief that Sud Est was a landmark release that successfully bridged the gap between old-school powerhouses and modern releases alike. The bottom line is the discontinued $47+ street price per 50ml aftermarket bottle Sud Est is a home run from Romeo Gigli and a must buy for spice lovers and powerhouse fans alike, earning a very strong "near masterpiece" rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Scent
7.5
Longevity
5
Sillage
7.5
Bottle
Apicius

220 Reviews
Apicius
Apicius
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Where Is Southeast?
Cardinal directions depend on one's location. Whereas Northern and Central Europeans may regard the Balkans as Southeast, for Italiens the Southeast may refer simply to the Italian regions Basilikata or Apulia. Anyway, Sud Est is about Mediterranean herbs.

A spicy mélange made of thyme, vermouth and others spread a slightly bitter appeal. This spicy impression stands before a musky background which may come as slightly artificial. I get scent memories from days long ago when shower gels and bubble bath smelled like spruce or fir needles. Sud-Est does not directly smell like this, yet, I get a somewhat coniferous appeal combined with a very solid soapiness.

Sud Est gives me an ambivalent impression. A beautiful and high quality side is that herbaceousness with a bitter twist, but the soapy background comes from a different level of perfumery. Already in the nineties the industry had understood the necessity of linking fine fragrances to everyday scents, such as scent sensations from shower gels and the like. Having said this, Sud-Est was surely meant as an every day fragrance – a link between Haute Parfumerie and everyday life. Indeed, the perfumer must be praised for bringing those two worlds together: noble herbs meets the concept of sportive modernism as it was perceived in that decade.

From today's point of view, one has to notice the development that perfumery has gone through by now. Sud Est contains much of what I would link to green and spicy fragrances of the nineties, such as Adidas Adventure, Aigner's Private Nmber or Rocha's Globe. You really can detect a certain style from the past in this herbal chypre. Sud Est seems to be discontinued, however, some leftover stock may be found on the net.

I like that style incorporated by Sud Est, the composition appears to be very coherent. However, I have a strange gut feeling about it. Wearing it is a bit like fallen out of time, as if someone had cleaned up his place and found some perfume in a remote corner which he now has to use up. Maybe, it is not time yet for a revival of this green nineties style.

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