Valentino by Valentino – 1978

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Green florals have always enticed me, vintage or modern. Florabotanica from the house of Balenciaga or Deneuve by Catherine both are good examples of green perfumes, the former a floral and the latter a chypre.

Valentino is a favorite of mine. The reason being that his clothes, and I mean his and not the ones being made under his name amongst the sneakers and what not, have always been prestigious, never foraying into the unexplainable conceptual world of fashion. Always beautiful, chic and feminine, walking along the lines of classic femininity yet not being entirely old-school which I don’t even have a problem with and neither should you. Really…

Today, Valentino Parfums is, honestly a disgrace with the sugary Valentinas and the annoying Uomos. But back in the 20th century, Valentino forayed into perfumes with his namesake perfume, released in 1978 and according to sources, relaunched in 1986 and then sadly discontinued.

Valentino is an almost perfect creation, flawed beautifully.

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The hyacinth hits hard upon first contact, blinding the senses. The following green notes mixed with lily of the valley give it a classical quality. There is oakmoss in the composition but I never detected it, or at least in a manner that gives off that distinct, forest feel. Instead, the wonderous thing about Valentino is its drydown. Musky, kind of sweetish and totally vintage. But vintage in a sense you can relate to. Days when you were younger. Something you experienced in your lifetime, not eons ago which would make it unrelatable. It has this quality which I admire always.

All in all, a classic. If girls start wearing such again, it’d be a better place to breathe in.

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