Hey Hey Olfactoria’s Travelers,
Today I’d like to go back to 1979 and on into the 1980s. I was horse mad and went every weekend to have riding lessons and to help pay for that I’d spend an hour or two afterwards each week picking up horse poo and mucking out stables. The farm owners would then sell the bags of poo at the front gate and people from all over would come to that area of Sydney to buy it and use it to compost their roses and azaleas.
What the adult world was doing was completely over my head but I did know that my Mum and her friends smelled really good, as did a couple of my aunties. Now I have no recollection of this bottle being anywhere but the fragrance is hard wired into my brain as one that someone in our circle wore. Can’t remember who but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t my Mum. Recently I was given this small well used bottle by Michael Edwards in his clear out and the colour is the older golden juice. I can’t find any product code dates online but I’m guessing early 21st century, maybe late 20th? So on my first spritz I was taken back to those wonderful childhood days….
Jean-Louis Scherrer by Jean-Louis Scherrer 1979
Photo Stolen Fragrantica
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Aldehydes, green notes, violet, cassia, hyacinth
Heart: Carnation, tuberose, gardenia, orris root, jasmine, rose
Base: Sandalwood, amber, musk, civet, oakmoss, vanilla, vetiver, cedar
In Jean-Louis Scherrer I find a very beautiful link between CHANEL No 5 and the powerhouse fragrances of the 1980s. These were the days when saying something smelled perfumey was not a blindside. Here we have a beautifully blended cool animalic aldehydic floral. It’s big but not outrageous by the standards of the day, cool and warm simultaneously and I smile every time I spritz, and long after to be honest.
Tonight I wore a very healthy couple of spritzes of Jean-Louis Scherrer for dinner. The intial glittering green lasts all to briefly because the animals and resins are already yowling. I was a little freaked because it was so big when applied, and the extremely high humidity in our Sydney summer heat made it bloom like crazy, all the way in the car I was totally worried that everything would be ruined by this OTT huge fragrance that was decidedly skanky, the civet, musk and indoles all working their glorious magic a little too powerfully for dinner. The heart for me is almost non existent, not a problem but interesting to note.
Photo Stolen WikiCommons
Luckily, about 5 minutes from the restaurant (about 50-60 minutes after spritzing) the whole fragrance settled into a lovely hum of sexy florals with a warm woody and slightly foxy base. Really nice, smooth and elegant. Jean-Louis Scherrer shone softly as a fabulously old fashioned background hum. This is how beautifully perfumed people should smell, heavenly.
Did you ever spend some time with Jean-Louis Scherrer? What are your thoughts on vintage, is there a particular one that you crave?