Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Le No. 9 by Cadolle c1926

 Le No. 9 by Cadolle: launched in 1926.

Fragrance Composition:

The luxurious Cadolle No. 9 was created as an answer to Chanel’s famous No. 5 perfume.

So what does the original formula smell like? It is classified as an aldehydic woody floral fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: orange, bergamot, aldehydes, jasmine, Bulgarian rose
  • Middle notes: red cedar, sandalwood, rosewood, ylang ylang, lily, carnation
  • Base notes: Siamese benzoin, Indian sandalwood, Virginian cedar, Penang patchouli, musk, ambergris

Fate of the Fragrance:

Just after the second World War, the founder of Cadolle, Herminie Cadolle needed to protect her brand and subsequently sold No. 9’s formula to Paquin, creator of the famous 9 X 9 perfume. Shortly after, L’Oreal purchased Paquin, and Cadolle No. 9 was then purchased again by their namesake firm, Poupie Cadolle,  Herminie's great-great-great granddaughter, who incorporated Cadolle Parfums in 1986.

In 1989, this exquisite oriental perfume was reformulated and relaunched. The result was a powdery soft oriental fragrance that was available in both eau de parfum and eau de toilette forms.

So what does the reformulation smell like? It is classified as an oriental fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, orange, tangerine, strawberry, jasmine, Bulgarian rose
  • Heart notes: red cedar, sandalwood, rosewood, iris, violet, opoponax, ylang ylang, lily, carnation
  • Base notes: Siamese benzoin, Indian sandalwood, Virginia cedar, Penang patchouli, vanilla, musk, ambergris

 The firm is now known as the House of Cadolle and can be found at http://www.cadolle.com.
Cadolle No. 9 was still available in selected retailers in Europe up until around 2008. It is discontinued and fervently hunted by loyal fans of the legendary fragrance.

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