So, a month later, I'm ready to write about L'Origan, the turn of the century Coty scent that was supposed to have influenced Guerlain's L'Heure Bleue. I believe that, but L'Origan is less gourmand or melancholy.
L'Origan does not smell of this age. (And that is not a bad thing.) I would say it has a mysterious, rooty, dusty, sweet smell — like a Wiccan biscotti. A little bit of licorice, maybe Iris root, and amber, vanilla and dust.
L'origan definitely has a heavy, sensual, sweet and complex scent. From Bois de Jasmin: "Its soft powdery veil embellished with carnation, violet and helitrope calls to mind gloves and Edwardian silhouettes. A precursor of Guerlain L'Heure Bleue (1912) , L'Origan reveals the bittersweet anisic top notes..." And here's more: "The originality of L’Origan indeed resides in its combination of traditional essences such as bergamot, orange, neroli and ylang ylang with new floral bases and synthetics such as methyl ionone, heliotropin, vanillin, coumarin, civet, vetiveryl acetate, and nitromusks.* "
Floral, anisic, clove-like, gourmand. It's lush, like a Franz Marc painting.
UPDATE: Here are the official notes according to my Haarman & Reimer fragrance guide:
Top notes: Bergamot, mandarin, coriander, pepper, peach
Heart notes: Clove, clove bud, ylang-ylang, orchid, rose, orris, jasmine
Base notes: Sandalwood, cedarwood, labdanum, musk, benzoin, vanilla