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June 14, 2009

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Heather

Hooray! Chamade! One of my favourites. And I was laughing out loud reading this. Have you been spying on me? Sadly I was born a little too late, but I always loved Endora's style!

The thing I've picked up from Chamade, is eventually it smells like Samsara. Maybe not the new synthetic-sandalwood-Samsara, but the original. And JP Guerlain composed both for one of his lovers. I would like to think it's the same woman, who reportedly loves jasmine and sandalwood, and that the difference in the two fragrances illustrates the shift in styles and mores in the intervening years. Chamade is a hint of collarbone and Samsara is a surgically enhanced chest.

mary

I'm so happy to learn what the name means. Sexy. So's that ad. My mother asked for this for Christmas the year it came out, I think. My baby sister got into and poured most of it down the sink. That's all I remember, except I thought the bottle was pretty. My mother wasn't entirely Endora-like, but there were similarities...

Perfumaniac

Oh, my. Nothing like a classic perfume poured down the drain! Hope baby sister wasn't punished too harshly, but I bet the bathroom smelled great for a while...

Julien

Thanks for your answer on Samsara.
I discovered today your review on Chamade, which is one of my favourite.
It's funny you depict it as a devilish step-mother scent :D, when I see it as a very romantic and self-assured young woman.

You don't tell how the perfume evolves, and I fear you may have missed this part. Because, personally, I don't like the opening of it, due to a green-milky quirky dissonance, but I do love the drydown.
There is a lot of benzoin in the drydown, it's a kind of incense (tree tear) that reminds vanilla and caramel, plus the uplifting quality of an incense. And it's wonderful in the final accord of Chamade, and last many hours.

So Chamade is really worth to be smelled once in extrait form, to more fully catch the drydown, get more true jasmine, and avoid the overdose of vanilla that spoiled the actual formulation of EDT and EDP.
On fabric or on skin, I don't know, but it is a very cuddling fragrance when it reaches its drydown (the opening is still a bit harsh during one hour).

David Brooks

Do you get that funny little kiss of what seems to be strawberry/cinnamon? It strikes me as adding a kind of dippy, psychedelic-60's note to an otherwise very French perfume...

Perfumaniac

I'd have to try it again, David, but that sounds wonderful!

joy

Does anyone remember the radio commercial for Chamade perfume? I used to hear it as a teen-ager, I still remember it. I have never seen or smelled the perfume itself - but I was thinking of old jingles from my childhood, and tried to find this one on the web. Found your site instead! I'm still curious about that commercial.

Perfumaniac

Hi joy. Perfume radio commercials? Oh, man. Now something else to be obsessed by! I am on the trail. I'll let you know if I find out anything!

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