Saturday, December 7, 2013

Septieme Sens by Sonia Rykiel c1979

Septieme Sens by Sonia Rykiel: launched in 1979, also known as 7e Senses, was created by Françoise Caron for the "modern, adventurous woman."



Sonia Rykiel named it Seventh Sense because it reaches beyond the five senses, which are physical, and even beyond intuition, which is the sixth sense. Sonia Rykiel originally created the perfume for herself as she never wore a fragrance before Septieme Sens. "Perhaps it was because I didn't find my fragrance. That is exactly why I started designing clothes, because I couldn't find my space in clothes. Well I didn't find my space in perfume", she remarked.

In 1982, when asked about the saleability of her perfume, she said "I think my perfume could touch many more women now because it's so mysterious and life is so busy now. A woman needs to keep her mystery."


Fragrance Composition:


So what does it smell like? It is classified as a fruity-animalic chypre fragrance for women. It begins with a fruity, spicy top, followed by a narcotic floral heart, resting on a sultry, sensual base.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, prune, peach, bergamot, coriander, violet, cardamom, angelica
  • Middle notes: mirabelle plum, narcissus, carnation, jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, honey
  • Base notes: leather, musk, vanilla, sandalwood, amber, oakmoss, civet, patchouli, castoreum, coriander, vetiver


Bottle:


The black case embedded with a faux diamond contains the signature inkwell shaped crystal bottle, faceted and jewel-like, and a cloth for polishing the pewter cap.

Fate of the Fragrance:


In doing research for this post, I discovered that there are two versions of Septieme Sens, as it may have been reformulated at one time. The earlier version  was more noticeably leathery and civet, very dry and almost masculine. The second version has a sweeter fruity accord running through that tones down the leather.

Discontinued, date unknown.






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