Bitter Green

Perfume

In 1914, Henri Rigaud launched “Un Air Embaumé” (Perfumed Breezes), a floral, Oriental fragrance for women. According to Cleopatra’s Boudoir, “It was created by Marius Reboul of Givaudan who used a base known as ‘Sophora,’ a Givaudan base of vetiver acetate, coumarin and bergamot. The perfume has a bitter green beginning with galbanum and pungent bergamot, which reveals a floral heart of heliotrope which is reminiscent of powdered almonds. A fiery entrance of piquant carnation and balsamic notes of benzoin and creamy facets of vanilla help round out the persistent sweet note. The rich, animalic fusion of warm ambergris and musk is accented with dusty orris layered over an earthy, dry, wooded base of vetiver, patchouli, sandalwood and cedar.”

Wow. After a long run, the perfume was discontinued in 1967.

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