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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Zadig by Emilio Pucci c1970

Zadig by Emilio Pucci: launched in 1970. Zadig was the name of a Babylonian king who appears in a collection of short stories by the French writer, Voltaire.

Pucci conceived the scent during a particularly long sitting of the Italian Parliament for the election of the President. "I had two periods when I sat day and night in Parliament, and I thought there'd be no better time for me to work on the perfume, " he said. 

So he installed a chemist in a nearby hotel and during recesses, Pucci would dash out and dictate formulas to him. "You could say that 'Zadig' was born before the President was elected. To create 'Zadig', he thought back to a time when there was no pollution and the air was still fresh and sweet. I went back to Babylon because it was a contrast to the cities of today"

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an oriental fragrance for women. Rare tropical flowers, sweet woods, mosses and amber.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, orange, peach, coriander 
  • Middle notes: clove buds, carnation, rose, honey, jasmine, orris, ylang-ylang
  • Base notes: oakmoss, Abyssinian civet, sandalwood, vetiver, benzoin, patchouli, cinnamon, vanilla, tolu balsam, Tibetan musk, amber

The immediate success of Zadig spawned a flanker scent called Eau de Zadig which was released in 1970. Eau de Zadig, also a floral oriental, was a lighter version of the original Zadig with fresh citrus top notes, a rich floral heart of jasmine and ylang ylang followed by an animalic base of musk and civet.

Fate of the Fragrance:

By the early 198s, Zadig and Eau de Zadig appear to have been discontinued.

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