Patty’s post last week about big white florals really got my gray matter working on the subject. And in an ever so timely manner, what should arrive in the mail the other day but a sample of vintage Tatiana by Diane von Furstenberg. Now that was a BWF back in the day. I remember having a small bottle of it (and a mini, too, I think), and loving the elegant quirkiness of its slightly off-kilter, faceted bottle.
I’ve read that the scent was named for the designer’s daughter. And something about Tatiana also brings to mind ballet and dancers (was that part of its advertising, does anyone recall?). Or perhaps it just sounded to me as if it should be worn by a beautiful, talented Russian ballerina. (Editor’s note: Now that I think more on it, perhaps I had somehow interwoven it in my feeble brain with the vintage scent Pavlova? But that’s another story and scent.)
Anyhoo, according to the good folks at Fragrantica, Tatiana was launched in 1975 and the bottle was designed by Serge Mansau.
Its composition: top notes: bergamot, hyacinth and orange blossom. Heart: gardenia, jasmine, narcissus, rose and tuberose. Base: amber, musk and sandalwood.
It’s sweet but potent, with some gardenia and OB in the mix and most evident, a pretty hefty dollop of raspy jasmine coming through. Even with these big guns, though, it still manages to sparkle a bit before winding down to a soft white glow.
Sniffing this, thoughts of Serge Lutens’ A La Nuit, Sarrasins, White Shoulders and Jungle Gardenia are running through my mind. There’s also some Coty Sand & Sable in there, too, tickling the memory bank and another scent or two that I can’t quite recall.
I remember now that even back in the day that I preferred wearing it dabbed or at the most with one small spray, as it did create a fairly intense cloud of scent. Even now, I dabbed a bit too much, and when my wrist got near my throat I coughed a little. I’m definitely enjoying this blast from the past but need to handle it with care.
Also, I’m thinking there were Tatiana body products (a clear shower gel in a slightly frosted plastic bottle, perhaps?), but my memory on this is a bit hazy.
Did any of you love this beauty back in the day? Or do you still have some Tatiana that you wear now? Not sure about its reformulation status, but maybe some of you can weigh in on that. I did see some photos of boxes and bottles that looked unfamiliar to me, and I’m a little afraid to try a blind buy on anything that might be a newer formulation.
I purchased my sample from the Miniature Perfume Shoppe.
Photo borrowed from Fragrantica.