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L'Aimant by Coty Parfum de Toilette - 50 ml (Pack of 1)

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I try to keep my eyes open for vintage finds when I'm poking around antique stores in my travels. The hope is that I'll find some bottles in good condition that still contain fragrance. I feel that shop keepers are finally catching on to this concept, as more and more dealers seem to be featuring bottles with some fragrance still inside. Perhaps the days of collecting empty is bottles waning? In any event, I'm actually not a true vintage hunter, and our colleague Sergey is the real expert on vintages. Most fragrances I wear I prefer to be "fresh," or, as the maker intended them (to be worn around the time when they were made.) But having said that, I can't deny the fascinating "archeology" of vintage finds. These bottles are time capsules, in a sense. That part never ceases to amaze me. A few nerves were stimulated recently when I found a bottle of Coty's L'Aimant in an unusual form, the "Creamy" Skin Perfume. Lovely trip down memory lane! It is a memory lane I wish to have experienced. However, I will say that the little glass jar of Avon Scented Creme that I was given (either empty or nearly) still smelled very strongly of the original scent, if a bit 'off'. But my impression was that it was far more potent and also more oil based than their current scented lotions Or perfumed skin softeners. (The skin softeners I LOVE, but they have no comparison with that vintage creme, strong and vibrant as it was!) Creams and oils alike remain an excellent way to scent the body, and can be both elegant AND potent. This form of scenting the body still lives on in Middle Eastern perfumery to some extent, with a huge selection of oils at ever price point. Also, some brands carry either gel or 'cream' versions of their offerings. The creams -by Al Rehab - are fairly moderate in scent projection and the exact consistency of petroleum jelly, which indeed are their primary ingredient! Still, the jars - though plastic - are adorable and bring to mind another era. :D The center of the perfume is the main attraction, consisting of an orchid-vanilla accord joined with rose, ylang-ylang and some jasmine, which make a very delicious bouquet with just an edge of the sultry-exotic thrown in to throw us a bit off balance. Orchid (in perfumes) is always a tough note to understand, as it's rarely experienced in the hot-house orchids that we know from florists or the ones we can buy and bring home - they rarely smell of anything. But they are the flowers most closely associated with vanilla, and so we can detect this interesting botanical vanilla (something like a vanilla that hasn't gone through its entire aging process.) Rose adds sharpness and ylang-ylang its characteristic sweaty and sweet banana-like fragrance. Pulled all together, it has a distinctly raw and organic feel, almost a vegetable-like smell; pleasant, like the flesh from an uncooked butternut squash. This was nagging at me (where have I smelled this before?) And Lo! Then it came to me - it's reminiscent of Jacques Fath's Iris Gris - also created by Roubert. I was able to smell its recreation, L'Iris de Fath launched in 2018, and they both share that intriguing botanical center.

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