Maybe you’ve already tried the classic floral aldehydes reviewed this week and you’re ready to dig into this genre of perfume more deeply. If so, this article is for you.
Caron Fleurs de Rocailles is an innocent, gentle aldehydic floral loaded with clover, lily of the valley, and lilac. I think it would be a perfect first perfume for a girl, and it’s a good napping scent. If you plan on looking it up on Osmoz, beware: the description of Fleurs de Rocailles is mixed up with “Fleur” de Rocailles, a different fragrance altogether.
Worth Je Reviens is another classic of the genre that you just might find at your local TJ Maxx, although I wonder if its formula has suffered over the years (if you’ve compared the old and the new, please tell me what you think). Rochas Mystère is an aldehydic floral chypre that smells to me like soapy plums. Chanel No. 22 is a dream of white flowers and incense glowing with aldehydes. Because it’s just so plain beautiful, No. 22 might be a good one to try if you’re wary of aldehydes. Jean-Charles Brosseau Ombre Rose is another aldehydic floral that is popular.
For aldehydic time travel, Halston is a good way to go (cue the disco music, please). Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche and Paco Rabanne Calandre remind me of the 1970s with their metallic edges. I know Hermes Calèche is timeless, but it reminds me of the 1970s, too.
I’ll also list a few hard-to-find aldehydic scents to keep a lookout for. Millot Crèpe de Chine is one of them. I have only a tiny sample of Crèpe de Chine, and it smells moody to me, not as sunny as many aldehydic scents. Myrurgia Joya, on the other hand, is a really sunny scent. Joya was first made in 1950 and used to be sold in Spanish drugstores. Its coriander reminds me of another aldehydic floral, Estée Lauder Estée. Guerlain Liu is a regular violin solo of aldehydes. Finally, pre-2002 Givenchy L’Interdit is a wonderful aldehydic floral with strawberries. It somehow smells naive and experienced at the same time.
For contemporary floral aldehydes, if you get the chance to try Divine L’Ame Soeur or Le Labo Aldehyde 44 don’t pass it up. Although they’re distinctly different, they were both created by the same perfumer, Yann Vasnier, who just might be our new master of aldehydes. Also, the new release of Piguet Baghari packs a tidy aldehydic kick.
Some aldehydic florals I haven’t tried (or tried lately) but have had recommended to me are Molyneux Vivre, Caron Nocturnes, and Lancome Climat.
After a week of wearing dabs of different aldehydic florals up and down my arms, I’m ready for a change. I’m probably truly an aldehydic floral type of woman only once or twice a week, and when I press the “send” button on this article I’ll go find my decant of Champaca. But I’m glad I did aldehyde boot camp. My perfumista muscles are stronger for it.
Note: image of Worth Je Reviens via Parfum de Pub.