A few Clinique sales associates didn't even know what I was talking about when I asked if they had a bottle for me to try, and at the San Francisco Macy's, a (criminal) Wrappings fan swiped the tester bottle! I finally broke down and just ordered a small vial from The Perfumed Court...
This green floral chypre seems more like a summer fragrance than a winter scent you wear while, you're, you know, WRAPPING presents (get it, get it?). It's bright, fresh and exuberant, and reminds me of a more floral and leathery CKOne. (I wonder if the version that came out in 1990 has been tweaked or reformulated. There's something a little chemical-y about this Wrappings that makes me wonder if an earlier version might be nicer. Anyone?)
Top notes: Green note, artemisia, aldehydes, lavender, mace
Heart notes: Cyclamen, rose, jasmine, orris, hyacinth, carnation, ozone
Base notes: Cedar, patchouli, leather, moss, marine, musk
Wrappings starts off green and herbaceous, with the freshest facets peeking out of its juicy, spicy floral bouquet. (It has that 90s-style ozonic quality I don't particularly like, but that just ups the ante on its freshness.) The dry down is my favorite part: mossy and dry with a touch of leather, its top and heart notes softened by orris and pleasantly powdery.
Wrappings is nice enough, but if you want a bracing pine-needle chypre, Shiseido's Inoui is more extreme and evocative of winter woods scents. And if a fresh floral isn't your thing during this season, Caron's Nuit de Noel with its more traditional Christmas-y notes might be a better vintage scent for Christmas.
In any case, I thought I'd wrap up Christmas with a review of Wrappings, and I hope that everyone's enjoying a fragrant holiday and eating to your heart's content!
* Wrappings perfumer Elie Roger passed away November, 2010. He was also perfumer for Balenciaga Ho Hang Club (1987); Estee Lauder Knowing (1988); and Karl Lagerfeld KL Homme (1986).