Dapper is a fragrance in Opus Oils’ Les Bohemes Collection, a collection based on themes and notes prevalent in the 1920′s. Dapper is the mandatory violet fragrance in such a collection.
Dapper opens as a violet, but not candied and not astringent. It’s interesting because it is bready. It reminds me of a violet muffin. Raspberry is there too, tart and delicious. Seriously, I have been inspired to make violet-raspberry muffins. Dapper is strangely gourmand with bread and tart raspberries which I didn’t expect from the notes listed. Because of this, I’m reminded of Serge Lutens. Being a good perfume, Dapper isn’t completely edible and not completely “literal”. Peaking through this violet-berry-bread is a dark, musty musk with smooth sandalwood. There’s a bit of greenness, but I wouldn’t describe Dapper as “green” unless the green is an “emerald velvet”. Actually this “green” is blonde tobacco, dried and musty. Dapper is a smooth and delicious perfume.
Notes listed include violet absolute, orris root, blond tobacco, sandalwood, and aged dark patchouli.
Give Dapper a try if you like violet or berry scents or perfumes like Van Cleef & Arpels Feerie EDP, Guerlain Insolence EDT, Calvin Klein Euphoria, and/or L’Artisan Parfumeur Verte Violette. Really none of these are very “close” to Dapper, but isn’t that a good thing! I’m pleased with the wear of Dapper, it wears for many hours.
Many sizes are available with prices ranging from $35 to $125 at Opus Oils. You can get Dapper in an oil or alcohol base. I reviewed the scent in an alcohol base and if I were to buy it, that’s what I’d get.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A violet-raspberry muffin with a smooth sandalwood base. I really like this one, highly recommended.
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