Smell Like The Future: Robert Piguet Futur Perfume

Smell Like The Future: Robert Piguet Futur Perfume

Robert Piguet Futur is one of their original fragrances, originally released in the 60s.  At some point it was discontinued, likely due in part to the 60+ ingredients in the original version. Yesterday’s Perfumes has an enchanting review of the vintage formula. It’s been re-released and reworked with published notes of  bergamot, neroli, violet, jasmine, ylang, vetiver, cedar, patchouli. This perfume makes me think of the sounds of brilliantly discordant jazz. It seems haphazard but somehow it works and is strangely beautiful.

Futur is a “green” scent, and true to a good green perfume, I smell a ton of forest and resinous galbanum. It’s not listed as an ingredient but that may just be because by today’s perfume note listing standards, it’s more about advertising than actually listing the “notes”. My first impression of Futur is neon Irish Spring soap in a field of wildflowers. The floral notes just sing, in a gorgeous classical perfume way. I get an impression of floral/green classics like Joy, Ma Griffe, a hint of Miss Dior (original) and even a bit of Guerlain Chamade. The fresh florals give way to sexy jasmine and ylang and then become smoky vetiver. It’s like a ghost of classic perfumes with a crisp clean modern perfume built around it. It is clean and sexy at the same time – the sexy has something to with the woodsy patchouli base. It’s almost like an incense with that intoxicating smoky resinous goodness. I feel engergized when I wear Futur, and like I can do anything. Futur can go from jeans to the boardroom to a night out on the town. I love it, and wish I could try the parfum/extrait version – it must be so dense and gorgeous. The chewy mouth watering green-ness of Futur is addictive. I huff my wrists when I wear it.

Verdict is love, but I would caution buying this without sniffing. It’s not for the faint of heart, even though in the end it dries down to a sexy skin scent that smells like heaven to me. It’s not easy to love, and it doesn’t have the mass appeal of, say, Pink Sugar. If you are willing to step outside of the average perfume box and smell special, you should sniff it out. Also – if you like Irish Spring. Manly, yes, but I like it too….

 

Robert Piguet perfumes are available at specialty department stores, listed here on their website. And at The Perfume Shoppe in Canada. I don’t see Futur on their site but perhaps they can order it in. Ogilvy in Montreal carries the line as well.

Can We Talk About Chanel Coco Noir?

Can We Talk About Chanel Coco Noir?

So my almost 17 year old baby, Biddy, was lucky enough to snag a sample of Chanel’s latest perfume offering, Chanel Coco Noir. Each time I sniff it I like it a little bit more. Some may disagree with me, but I think Chanel does a great job with their flankers (a variation on an existing fragrance), men’s aside (whole other story) and Coco Noir is no exception. It follows the massive commercial success of Coco Mademoiselle, which was a variation on the original gorgeous and sexy perfume bomb, Coco, which launched in 1984. I loved the original, and it was my signature fragrance after I retired my beloved Opium. Coco is opulent and full of sensual spicy Oriental notes. Chanel dialed back the spice and toned it waaaaay down when they launched Coco Mademoiselle, playing up the woodsy musky notes making it heavier on the patchouli. I love Coco Mad, but a massive commercial success often means you will smell that sh*t everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE. There was a time when you couldn’t go to any public place or party without smelling Coco Mademoiselle. Sadly that usually seals the deal for me and I was quickly “over” it. Well, Chanel has scored a real win with Coco Noir. I feel like they somehow brilliantly mixed original Coco with Coco Mademoiselle. Both are so distinctive on their own but become something magical again in Coco Noir.

Biddy at camp…one of her favourite places in the world.

Biddy smells delicious today. Coco Noir is a departure from her previous signature scents, Miss Dior Cherie and Marc Jacobs Daisy, but it suits her awesome individual fashionista style perfectly. Perfume choice is such a journey, and I remember my own fragrant evolution as a teen fondly. A sniff of Opium or L’Air du Temps can take me back to high school….summer as a kid, and because perfume was often a gift when I was young, cherished family holiday times as well. Both my daughters have lovely taste in perfume, and it’s incredible how their choices suit their personalities. Even more amazing is how when I catch a whiff of their perfumes, even if they aren’t there and I’m just shopping or out and about, it’s like they are standing right next to me.

UPDATE: Biddy got a bottle of Chanel Coco Noir for Christmas. That gorgeous iconic black bottle looks gorgeous on her dresser, and she smells yummy!

Chanel Coco Noir is available at Chanel counters, boutiques and online.