I really liked the subversive quality of the vintage-feeling floral perfume Seyrig by indie perfumery Bruno Fazzolari. Because I liked that one, my perfume pals kept urging me to try Au Delà, a floral chypre. While Seyrig had a subtle punk/alt-cult feel, Au Delà doesn’t. This is the sort of perfume that smells like it would be sold in the 1950’s in fancy shops in Paris.
Au Delà is like an aldehydic orange blossom with coriander. It’s a dry, green floral with a brut effervescence. This opening is delightfully vintage-y. So many vintage perfumes “turn” with age and the top notes are the first to go. Smelling Au Delà’s opening is exactly how I imagine perfume shopping would smell like if I was able to time travel to 60+ years ago. As Au Delà blossoms on the skin, it becomes an indolic white floral over a sweet yet animalic amber. When it comes to being animalic, this perfume is not shy. This is the sort of indoles you’d find in vintage perfumes. Because it seems so “out of place” with today’s perfumes, it reminds me of the glamour of Old Hollywood. It’s sultry with perfectly brushed out curls and long, feathery lashes. The dry-down of Au Delà is like velvet. It’s a mossy amber that has become one of my favorite chypre bases.
This is such a gorgeous perfume. I rarely through this word around, but Au Delà is perfect.
Notes listed include Italian bergamot, coriander, neroli, Egyptian jasmine, French orange flower, oakmoss, amber and immanence. Launched in 2013. PERFUMER – Bruno Fazzolari
Give Au Dela a try if you like floral chypres, vintage florals or jasmine perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like Estee Lauder Azuree, April Aromatics Jasmina, Balmain Miss Balmain, Chanel Cristalle EDP, Coty Masumi (vintage), DSH Perfumes Vert Pour Madame and/or Norell.
Projection is average. Longevity is above average.
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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by the perfumer. I am not financially compensated for my reviews. My opinions are my own. Product pic from Luckyscent. Adrienne Ames pic from www.fanpix.net.