Hi Posse, If you’re in the northern hemisphere then you’re probably starting to cool down a bit. There are still some very warm days though right? I meant to write about O de Lancome all last summer. It turned 50 years old last year, quite an achievement. Then this year it has been on my mind as well for you guys but it just never got done. So here I am, just a week too late, finally writing about this long time love of so many perfumistas. It doesn’t have to be hot to wear it, I love to grab it out anytime the sun is shining. Heat though allows to scent to really shine.
Here’s the 2016 Posse Best Of Summer if you want to have a look back.
O de Lancome 1969
Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, Mandarin, Lemon
Heart: Basil, Rosemary, Coriander
Base: Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Vetiver
My bottle is an older variation and I’m not sure what the newest iteration is like but there’s been no major hullabaloo in my memory to say it’s been treated cavalierly. Also, I don’t wear this beauty enough. I’m leaving it on my favourites tray so that when the warmth of spring hits I’ll be ready.
Sweet, tart, fizzy and beautifully fragrant O de Lancome also has a pithy breathiness that stops it being tame or simple. The herbs through the heart are so vibrant and uplifting and even this early the light saltiness that I associate with vetiver gives extra fullness too the fragrance.
Dry down still has a hint of the citrus to but by now the lovely cozy furriness of oak moss has taken over. Everywhere i’ve looked call it a citrus fragrance, and it is, but it also fits the mould of a chypre. None of the straight backed CHANEL No 19, the dry ache of Jacomo Silences or the wild abandon of Niki de Saint Phalle. A light hearted chypre, the easy going friend that everyone loves.
Who else loves O de Lancome? Do you have some stories or memories to share?