Snap. Last week, Tom wrote about department stores that are gone. I’d already started to conceptualise a post on perfumes etc that have disappeared.
There isn’t that much long gone I kick myself about but the ones I missed — yeah, good, hard kick.
First off is the Victoire Gobin-Daude line, French niche launched in 2002. There were five fragrances: Biche Dans l’Absinthe, Jardins Ottomans, Nuit au Desert, Seve Exquise and Sous le Buis.
In the order as above: BdA is listed by Fragrantica as aromatic green; JO was citrus; ND was spicy wood; SE was another aromatic green; and SlB was yet another aromatic green and the one I still hanker after.
These were good perfumes, well worth attention. But I guess at the time there were so many releases they simply couldn’t compete. Sous le Buis smelled so very green but in a musky way – ie, not a clean, sharp green, but having a bit of a pond scum aspect. It was so very weird and wonderful but I never bought it (because as I said above there was just so much out there at the time).
When the brand closed, the bottles went on sale in various places at deep, deep discounts and I thought I had time to grab a SlB. Alas, no. It’s one of those things that pops into my mind unbidden and I’m still frustrated 20 years later that I don’t have a bottle for that every-once-in-a-while requirement.
Next up is Tauer Orris, a limited edition release from 2006. I love the idea of an iris perfume, but I can’t wear most I’ve tried. However, I could (and can) wear Orris. There’s a quarter inch left in my bottle and I revisit it about twice a year mostly just to sniff. Rooty, slightly sour and with a bit of spiciness, drying down to a fairly typical soft, spicy, resinous Tauer base. Cinnamon, black pepper, grapefruit, orris root, rose and sandalwood, it was cheap in the scheme of things and I should have gone back for at least two bottles (if not more).
Finally of perfumes is Guerlain Mitsouko, which I know isn’t discontinued but I have a bottle of parfum from the 1990s which is just so much more than what is offered now I wish I’d bought a backup. Sigh. It’s just so rich and unsettling. Makes you wonder what the earlier iterations were like – because, man, they must have been …
Last item is a candle, Dans l’Atelier de Cezanne, which smells absolutely like an artist’s studio: linseed oil, paints, turps. I bought one candle, one, from Lucky Scent and had it sent to my father’s place lord knows how long ago. At least 10 years but probably more. I really don’t know why I didn’t buy loads of them. It wasn’t hugely pricey. And then it disappeared (like the Dans Le Sac de Ma Mere from Goutal that I never got round to – silly, silly). I have found another painter’s studio candle, and it smells good, but it’s twice the price (at least) of the Cezanne and I won’t know till I buy and burn it whether it ‘holds a candle’ to the that.
So, anything gone you now miss and wished you’d bought loads of backups of?
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