Normally I’m reviewing new Serge scents as soon as I can squirt some up my nostrils, but Fille en Anguilles last fall almost knocked me over in disbelief when I smelled it. Then I read the almost unanimously great reviews (including March) and wondered if I was missing something and put it to one side. Everyone kept loving on it, I kept furtively sniffing the bottle once very month or so, hoping the pine-sol soaked urinal accord would clear and it would be something less than hate. Nope. I finally sacrified my hand and sprayed some on just to be sure I wasn’t reaching a snap decision.
Let’s talk about the notes first. All I could find was pine needles, vetiver, frankincense, fruit and spice notes. March gets forest when she sprays it on. I get just-cleaned-after-a-Friday-night truckstop bathroom, and not in a good way. March says it barely lasts on her and is transparent. This thing has stuck to me like resiny goo stuck on the bottom of my foot from above-mentioned bathroom.
This is one toxic, nauseating mess. I would kill for the fruit notes to surface any time I have it on, it would be a welcome relief from Pine Urinal Cake. Am I the only person who hates this and smells it like this?
Palate cleanser. I read recently or had been told that Paco Rabanna Calandre is being discontinued. is this true? Judging by how it is disappeared from all the discounters and the price per bottle on ebay has gone up from the normal $29 for 100 mls to $70 plus, I guess so! You seem to be able to still get the 50 ml bottles for sub-$20, so snap them up while they’re still good for getting. So it’s either being discontinued or reformulated and all the old bottles are out in the stream and they’re readying the new revision that I’m sure will suck spectacularly.
Gorgeous little aldehydic green floral that does a great job on hyacinth – one of the few perfumes that do. A little green, a little bubbly, a little one-off on the floral with that cocked lily of the valley sharp greenness floating around, feels a little like hay or narcissus wound up in it. I wore this thing to death in the ’70s and ’80s, it was the go-to scent for spring and summer. It floated around me effortlessly- full of youth and sunshine and hope, while being grounded in the green from the earth. How can they discontinue this scent? It is so classy and classic and deserves so much love and everyday wear. Couldn’t the world be overfilled with this instead of Angel? I did what any good perfmista does, went and bought more than enough bottles to last me.
The list of change or discontinued scents I love keeps getting longer. The saddest for me is still Diorling. I found a bottle of vintage EDC recently that I opened the top and almost cried. How can that scent slip into the mists of memory? But when the el cheapo scents like Calandre that I thought would be around forever dirt cheap start going down that same path, I wonder where it will all end.
What is the most regretted reformulation or discontinued scent on your list?