Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Charles of the Ritz by Charles of the Ritz c1977

Charles of the Ritz by Charles of the Ritz: launched in 1977.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a sweet floral fragrance for women. It starts off with a fresh fruity top, followed by an exotic floral heart, resting on a sweet, powdery base.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, pineapple, orange blossom, bergamot and lemon
  • Middle notes: geranium, carnation, tuberose, lilac, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang and rose
  • Base notes: sandalwood, labdanum, ambergris, cinnamon, musk, benzoin, vanilla, vetiver and cedar

I purchased a vintage sample of this perfume and was pleasantly surprised of how fruity this oriental fragrance is. I love the intense sweetness from the pineapple, orange blossom, lilac and the balsamic notes of vanilla and benzoin. Bright bursts of aldehydes and citrus notes lend a pungency that keep the sweet notes from becoming too cloying. There is a hint of spice from the clove-like carnation and the cinnamon. The tuberose, ylang ylang, and jasmine fusion has a lush narcotic effect with just a trace of rose. Powdery nuances from the orris root, vetiver, labdanum are layered over a woodsy, animalic base of musk and ambergris.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Unfortunately, this fragrance has been discontinued for years.

However, the fragrance has been reformulated and relaunched by Ritz Paris.

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