Chamade, created by Guerlain as an homage to Francoise Sagan’s novel La Chamade, means a kind of drum beat or trumpet sound that signals surrender to the enemy. (Does it mean the woman who wears Chamade will surrender to men, or that men, who smell a woman wearing Chamade, will surrender to her?)
It can also describe the kind of beating your heart does when you're in love, the kind that happens when you've got butterflies in your stomach and your will is weak...
Top notes: Hyacinth, jasmine
Middle notes: Turkish rose, ylang-ylang, blackcurrant bud, galbanum, lilac, lily of the valley
Base notes: Vanilla, sandalwood, tonka bean, vetiver, amber, iris
With a sweet and spicy heart (from hyancinth, cassis and sandalwood) and a hint of powerderiness, Chamade is not for the faint of heart. I imagine a woman with a little too much makeup on, a '60s woman who has a spiritualist and makes her own Kombucha tea. I picture Endora, Samantha's mother from the show Bewitched. It's a fragrance from another time, as wild and loud as a Pucci print.