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July 15, 2010



Hi Barbara, thanks for the review. I've been tempted to pick up some Norell ever since Angela reviewed it on NST. I get the point that the modern version should be avoided at all costs, but of the vintage stuff out there, do you know anything about the concentrations? I see there is a cologne and a 'spray mist'. But my normal rule of thumb is to go for a more concentrated versions of things, if I can afford it, unless I'm looking for a summery cologne, and at the moment I'm not. Any thoughts?


I love this stuff - still trying to score a vintage bottle that's not too expensive but is still good. It falls into its own category, really, such a warmth to it even with its green aspect. It's ageless and a true classic, and I really, really wish it had not been reformulated to the point of utter ruinaton.

Dorota Schünemann

Wieviel kostet diese Parfum und wo kann ich es kaufen?


Eau de Cologne $ 19.19 USD
Eau de Toilette $ 22.19 USD


Hi Dorota,

I have not smelled reformulated Norell, so I can't tell you if it's like the vintage one I've reviewed here. Are you able to buy vintage on eBay?


Vintage Norell: I just love this stuff. It is a beautiful and timeless classic- I wore the original. It is womanly, sexy, feminine, and just plain delicious at any time, or in any situation. A perfect blend of true class and hidden mystery. Norell is an aristocrat that can do as she pleases. This scent is for any woman who knows who she is- whether she's in jeans and a tee shirt, at a wedding wearing
pearls, or in a sexy black nightie... (or all by yourself)... The confident woman will wear this perfume and feel the magic. To me, there is no such thing as a "dated" scent. Please try this if you love perfume. I just snagged 3 vintage bottles on Ebay (All toll, 6 whole ounces), and I am in perfume heaven. Oh happiness and joy! An absolute must for my wardrobe


Hi Cathlyn. So I hear you like Norell? ;-) It is wonderful. 60s - 70s scents have so much chic and character. Thanks for stopping by, and congrats on the eBay score. eBays been my friend through all my perfumania...


Yes, I do love Norell- vintage of course- I only truly love the vintage perfumes. I can spot a reformulation at 50 paces. I have so many lovlies... I couldn't believe the good fortune on Ebay... all that vintage Norell for less than 60 bucks. Indeed Ebay has been my friend. I stumbled upon your blog... I love this site, and your reviews. I have frequented this site for several weeks now. Love it. Keep it up please.
After-all, sometimes a beautiful fragrance is all a woman has to hold onto... :)


Hi Cathlyn. Glad you're enjoying it! I like your idea that "sometimes a beautiful fragrance is all a woman has to hold onto," that this insubstantial liquid in a bottle could actually give so much pleasure and joy. Do come back and comment!


I am a lover of Norell II perfume. It is no longer available; however, I have been able to find a few bottles on ebay. If anyone locates it, please let me know....


I *just* got my hands on a bottle of vintage Norell parfum and I am in LOVE. What a beautifully blended floral song of a perfume. Your 2nd paragraph in this post describes it perfectly. What I love is the low sillage. I was afraid when I first lifted the stopper and smelled the galbanum and florals- would this smell strong and dated? Not so. It is smooth and feminine without screaming PERFUME. It has been amazingly hot here this summer and you're right. Norell blooms beautifully in the heat and is just smooth as silk. A green purring beauty. I had Fidji awhile back but perhaps wasn't ready for it. I may have to revisit!

Sandy Mihalcin

My mother-in-law introduced me to Norell in 1972
the year Ken and I were married. It instantly became my favorite scent. Everytime I wore Norell I felt special,confident, and I knew that Norell would last all day. Norell made me smile.In recent years I have had trouble finding this beautiful fraqrance. It is heaven knowing I can still purchase my all time favorite.....vintage of course!! Thank you for such a lovely perfume!!!!!


Get it while its still available in vintage form, Sandy! Thanks for the story. I think its a very modern perfume the holds up nicely. Its composer, Josephine Catapano, passed away this year.


My name is norrell


I love the smell of a great woman's perfume as as much as the next guy, but really... "Hyacinth, galbanum, bergamot, narcissus"? Do you *actually* know what those smell like? And even if *you* do, how many others do?

ISTM that this is wine snobbery by another name.


Hi Ron. Well, I've smelled hyacinth flowers before, and I have essential oils of all the other ingredients. I make it a point to smell and own every perfume note and accord I can, including the synthetics. You'd be surprised how passionate perfume lovers are. It is unfortunate that wine snobbery is the association you make with perfume love. I've actually found that most perfume lovers I know are down to earth and funny.

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Where can I purchase some of this. I had this is mid to end of 1990's. Where can I purchase and how soon is delivery?


Yesterdays Perfume is a blog about vintage fragrances and scent culture. I dont sell perfume. Try vintage Norell on eBay! Good luck!



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