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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Evernia by Lamballe c1940

Evernia by Lamballe: launched in 1940. The name comes from Evernia prunastri, also known as oakmoss, also known as Mousse de Chene.



Fragrance Composition:


So what does it smell like? It is classified as a heavy oriental perfume with sweet balsamic and spicy notes layered over precious woods.
  • Top notes: acacia, pepper, honey
  • Middle notes: myrrh, opoponax, frankincense, heliotrope, violet, mimosa, elemi
  • Base notes: sandalwood, vanilla, benzoin, patchouli, amber, musk, castoreum, oakmoss, tonka


Upon first sniff the pepper note is very strong and mixed with the incense, resins and woods. Then a balsamic cloud of sweetness mingling vanilla and benzoin open up the composition. The vanilla is very much like the vanilla found in vintage Shalimar perfume. A dollop of heliotrope brings forth a sweetened cherry piece marzipan note which combined with the vanilla produce a gourmand effect that I find very appealing. There doesn't seem to be much floral notes in here but a trace of violet and honeyed mimosa and acacia. A slight playdoh note from the amber and heliotrope make this very enjoyable on the skin.

Fate of the Fragrance:


Discontinued, probably sometime in the 1960s. Today you may only come across this perfume in a set of miniatures along with Fragonard and Mercoeur like I did.



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