Versace Blonde by Nathalie Feisthauer for Versace 1995

Hi there Sniffa Crew,

Today we are going back to 1995. It was a particularly good year for me, I was finishing up my time in London (which was totally incredible in itself) and coming home to Sydney in time for Christmas with the family. I cannot tell you how excited I was. HOME!

Anyway, we got this fragrance in Australia in time for Christmas but I think we might have had it for Christmas 1996 because I was working as a drag hostess at one of our clubs and we had to give out samples of Versace Dreamer and A’Men by Mugler on the same night. The whole club smelt incredible with everyone dousing themselves in fragrance and the night was a huge success, one of my favourite nights ever. Though it took me years to stop retching whenever someone was wearing A’Men because right at the end of the night someone Guerrilla spritzed me and it went in my mouth, not nice and the scent seemed to stick in my nostrils for about 3 days.

This is a vintage frag but you can still get your hands on a bottle of extrait/parfum for very reasonable prices

Versace Blonde by Nathalie Feisthauer for Versace 1995

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Gardenia, Pitosporum flowers, violet, orange blossom, bergamot
Heart: Tuberose, daffodil, ylang-ylang, carnation
Base: Benzoin, musk, civet, sandalwood

Perfumer Nathalie Feisthauer has worked on a few frags that you’ve definitely heard of: Hermes Eau des Merveilles, VC&A Collection Extraordinaire Gardenia Petale, ELdO Putain des Palaces and Delicious Closet Queen as well as Must de Cartier Pour Homme. This is just a very small portion of her output.

How does Blonde wear on me? Well it opens green and sappy with a photorealistic (but clean) gardenia that’s sweet, green like bulb flower stems, creamy and the whole experience in the first 5-10 minutes is one of enormous presence. It’s not mentioned but I get a mild galbanum feeling through the opening too. HUGE! Outrageously gorgeous white flowers lightly framed by the citrus.

The opening of the extrait is sweeter and fruitier, very canned peachy.

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No need to fear, Blonde doesn’t stay at these nuclear sizes for long. 15 minutes in and though you are still quite fragrant the power has been turned down considerably and my head can think of other things. Here is where Blonde is really beautiful and wearable. The heady mix of white and yellow flowers are kept crisp by the carnation and already some of the resins make their way in to give depth and breadth. Then Blonde stays pretty much the same for a few hours getting more lived in and raunchy, up to 5 on a really good day, and slowly the whole fragrance goes from that very sensual animalic base as it fades leaving a very soft wash of nothing pickable to nothing at all.

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Further reading: Australian Perfume Junkies
FragranceNet has $40/15ml extrait (I prefer to decant and spritz)
Surrender To Chance has samples starting at $4/.5ml extrait

In 2013 I did a LIVE Video Sniff with Blonde, it kinda captures the feeling of the fragrance better than mere words on screen can. Please be ready to hear the word bombastic about 300 times though.

Thanks for wandering through my thoughts on one of my all time favourite fragrances.
Do you have a discontinued fave that you’ve hoarded a few bottles of?
Portia xx

21 comments on “Versace Blonde by Nathalie Feisthauer for Versace 1995

  1. Madeleine says:

    Heya Miss P,

    Oh god as regards to A’Men! I vaguely remember Versace Blonde as it was recommended to me quite a lot back then, me being a Big White Floral ho! In that same vein, I LOVE vintage Chloe not discontinued, but it might as well be, ditto Diorella and Diorissimo. Another is Velvet Gardenia, WHY TOM FORD? And sappy, but I adored the Escada limited editions that are no more and Robert Isabell frags that went to dust. Oh, and while I’m at it, Guerlain Attrape Coeur…

    M xx

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      SHIT Madeleine,
      Honey. All the ones you love become redone or discontinued. Remind me never to fall for your faves.
      Some of those Escadas were totally fun. I loved that bottle design too. GRRR
      What is the next fave of yours that they’re going to sever do you think?
      Portia xx

  2. Kesbah says:

    Spooky! It was about two hours ago that I re-visited your old post on Blonde!

    It all began with my placing a perfume order and wondering whether I should add yet another backup bottle of Blonde extrait… (I reckon you know how that is.)(And I DID add it.)

    I love your video sniffs Portia, and hope you’ll do lots more.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey there Kesbah,
      That is TOTALLY spooky.
      Yes, I have nearly a litre combined of Blonde EdT and Parfum. It will NEVER run dry in this house.
      There will be video sniffs again. Currently we are all too freaking busy.
      Portia xx

      • Kesbah says:

        Hello again Portia,

        I was so excitedly weirded by the synchronicity of your post that I didn’t read the last bit before rushing to respond. My perfume order was all about backups – mostly discontinued colognes, eg. Guerlain’s Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat, du Coq and Eau de Guerlain.(They’re all a bit iffy to store, I know.) I also ordered backups of Vetiver Guerlain.

        I wish I had more than one backup bottle each of Bal a Versailles extrait and edt. I don’t know if it’s discontinued, but I never see it retailed any more. If I do, I’ll pounce!

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Bal is still in production last I heard. What a fragrance! Too good, so naughty.
        I bet you rock it fine.
        Portia xx

  3. Caroline says:

    Photorealistic gardenia + mild galbanum? Sign me up, must seek out! Need another perfume like I need…well, you guys know. Don’t get me started on backup bottles…

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Caroline,
      Sorry. it’s a bugger to get a discontinued lemming. Having said that, the extrait is still super reasonable. I decant mine & spritz.
      Portia xx

  4. Azar says:

    Hi Portia!
    As you know, I too have LOADS of Blonde and love to spray it with abandon. I have divested somewhat recently (thank you! ) but now am beginning to worry that my supply is depleted. HA! Once a hoarder always a hoarder! Anyway, I never tire of the opening so just to get that part I apply three times a day when in the mood. Another hoarded frag is my first true love, Fidji. There is a photo of my Fidji stash at the Fragrant Man, November 17th of 2013. I have to admit that I do photograph bottles quite well, but (as you also know) people are another story! I too vote for another video sniff but can anything top Blonde? Something really big?
    Azar xx

    • Kesbah says:

      Oooooooooooooh Azar, Fidji. I die. It was exquisite!

      I can think of another great big humungously gorgeous (discontinued) one for Portia’s video sniff: Mahora.

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        I also discovered in my recent move 4 bottles of Mahora. Yes, I am disgustingly greedy.
        Portia x

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Azar!
      BLONDE! We are hopelessly in its thrall.
      There will be more Videos, as soon as we get properly settled.
      Portia xx

      • Azar says:

        Hey Portia!
        A few years ago I bought a blonde wig to go with all of the BLONDE! I looked like a totally different person, didn’t even recognize myself.
        Azar xx

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        HAH! Now you’re talking. It’s fun being a Blonde, isn’t it. were you outrageous?
        Portia xx

      • Azar says:

        It was fun being a blonde but I looked like a Doris Day wanna-be! I need to think BIG… with curls!
        Azar xx

  5. Trésor says:

    Wowzers, Portia!

    You make me want to try this again ASAP! What a wonderful review, <3

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Tresor,
      What did you think when you wore it? Did it sing to you?
      Portia xx

      • Trésor says:

        I found it to be absolutely stunning! It’s actually one of the most lovely tuberose fragrances I’ve had the pleasure of smelling. I don’t think there is a better word to describe it than the one you chose so beautifully: bombastic! An incredibly beautiful rendition of a high volume tuberose. I think a full bottle is in my future very soon.

  6. poodle says:

    I remember this one. Never actually bought any which is probably good because I’d be lamenting its loss along with the rest of you. I haven’t hoarded anything yet. I have missed out on the chance to do so a few times. There are scents I wish I had more of but didn’t know they’d be gone the next time I wanted them. Oh well…
    Hugs.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Poodle,
      You are clever. Hoarding is a bit silly really. I’ll be lucky to get through a couple of bottles in my lifetime.
      Portia xx

  7. TinaG says:

    How lucky am I to have tried some of your Blonde the other day! Thank you, I now have a context for this article. And I really like the Mahora, don’t understand why this was so badly panned…??

    xx Tina

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