Perfumer, Ernest Daltroff created the yin and yang of narcissus perfumes in the early 20th century. Narcisse Noir was created in 1911. Eleven years later the world was ready for Narcisse Blanc.
Narcisse Blanc opens with a peppery citrus and a neroli with an oily viscosity. It’s odd because I expect for most neroli scents to be light, airy and sheer like an eau de cologne. Narcisse Blanc is neroli with an unpredictable thickness. Most neroli scents relate to air. Narcisse Blanc relates to air and earth. The jasmine in this is animalic, dirty. The musk is animalic sweet. These notes “ground” the scent. The scent starts out rather strong and then begins to mellow…mixing well with “air”. The scent takes flight. It’s fairly linear, but that’s fine with me. I love what is going on here.
I mean this in the nicest way. I really mean it as a compliment. Narcisse Blanc reminds me of industrial strength orange blossom. It’s like orange blossom mixed with a dirty, oily garage floor. This is why I love it so. It’s a balance of strong and soft; air and earth. It reminds me of an aviatrix, someone like Amelia Earhart or Raymonde de Laroche.
Notes listed include neroli, orange blossom and musk. PERFUMER – Ernest Daltroff (the original)
I’m reviewing the parfum that you can buy off of the shelves today. Narcisse Blanc Extrait has average projection and above average longevity. It does leave a trail; it has the sillage of vintage perfume.
The 7.5 oz parfum retails for $100 at Luckyscent.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – An animalic orange blossom. This one was my most worn perfume of summer 2012. I’ve finally became the woman that can wear Narcisse Blanc parfum.
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