I finally scored one of those cute vintage bottles of Shocking Schiaparelli on eBay. You know the one, in the glass case, the woman’s partial figure with flowers at the neck. Notes on one site list hyacinth, bergamot, narcissus, and ylang-ylang; a middle note of rose, lily of the valley, jasmine, and peach; and a bottom note of sandalwood, patchouli, amber-musk and honey. The one on the left is the reissued bottle from Roja Dove, I believe, but it looks pretty close to the vintage bottle I have. The notes above are listed for? I’m not sure if it’s the reissue or the original. You go through the normal vintage thing when you put it in, some destroyed top notes, some lily of the valley and narcissus – lots of narcissus. The civet heats up that vintage odor that I read some reviews as saying reminding them of their spinster aunt’s closet (huh? we all need more hot spinster aunts like that). It’s floral and loud and definitely of its era, when women could smell, well, a little weird and people interpreted that as forward and, well, shocking and kinda hot. In the long drydown, it’s a really lovely, slightly dirty floral, which for its day may have made it more shocking that we perceive it today. I think it’s lovely and am glad Roja Dove brought back the original. Hopefully I’ll get to sniff it at some point to see how close it is.
I can think of more shocking perfumes in vintage than Shocking, but I have to wonder if some of the civet is just gone from too much time in te bottle. I get a little of the dirty bits from it, but not on the scale that makes me what to fan myself. For full-on over-the-top bitch-evil narcissus wear, Caron’s Narcisse Noir will always be my go-to favorite. This is like Narcisse Noir Lite for the refined lady not quite ready to show her drawers.
Anyone else smelled this in either the vintage or reformulation, and I guess I quantify that as the Roja Dove reformulation and the other more mainstream edt reformulation. Of all the vintage things you are worn or sniffed, which one do you find to be the most overtly erotic for women?