Todd Oldham by Parlux 1995


Post by Azar


Hello APJ,

This week I am revisiting my favorite family in the Parlux clan, the boozy, amber-y, fruity scents originating with Anne Klein II ( 1985 by Yves Tauguy), continuing to Todd Oldham (1995 by Jeffrey Dame et. al.) and finishing with Todd’s “daughters” (so to speak), Queen Latifah (2009) and Jessica Simpson Fancy Nights (2010), both by perfumer Steve DeMercado. This particular Parlux – Five Star Fragrance family template never seems to die. It is re-born and reformulated, renamed, repackaged and sent out into the world every decade or so to recapture our imaginations and put yet another small dent in our pocket books. Obviously I don’t have the space to write about the whole family today so I will limit myself to the second generation – Todd Oldham.

Todd Oldham by Parlux 1995

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Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Bergamot, mandarin orange, peach
Heart: Jasmine, cinnamon, rose, fruity notes
Base: Musk, sandalwood, patchouli, amber, benzoin

Let me tell you a little about Todd Oldham:
In case you missed the 1990s (or were still dusting cobwebs off the moon at the time) Todd Oldham, designer of super fun and funky fashions, launched his first clothing line in 1989 and was hugely successful in ready to wear throughout the 90s. These days he continues to surprise and delight us with his interior designs and creative crafts for children and adults. This week I have been busy insulating the greenhouse with bubble wrap and found Todd Oldham’s video on creating t-shirt designs with this same bubbly material to be timely and appealing.

Todd Oldham the fragrance was put together in 1994/95 by the designer himself with the help of Jeffrey Dame, then VP of Sales and Marketing at Parlux.

Here are my perceived notes: Peach and Bananas! Over-ripe, dark, sweet bananas combined with squishy peach, at bit of orange and something oudy and woody. The opening is luscious and thick, a scent reminiscent of orchards at harvest time, redolent of rich, heavy, fruits verging on ferment and decay. This boozy fruit cocktail cools to banana cream pie perfumed with patchouli and spiced with cinnamon. As Todd Oldham dries down he morphs into one of my favorite synthetic flavors – banana Popsicle. This effect is much lighter than the initial peachy/banana/woody blast but still a far cry from my granddaughter’s fruitchouli! The sticky Popsicle lingers for several hours before it melts and warms again into a balsamic and amber-y confection with hints of rose and sandalwood.

Todd Oldham, although not as insistent as “daughter” Queen Latifah, is still a powerhouse fragrance. One spritz extends well beyond my personal space for at least an hour before settling down for the long haul, 8 hours or more on skin and forever on clothing.

Now back to the bubble wrap! Azar xx

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Todd Oldham GIVEAWAY


Today’s giveaway: There are two prizes.

One US resident winner will receive one extremely cute, 6.5 ml, boxed, vintage Todd Oldham EdP mini.

One NON US winner will receive one 2ml decant spray of Todd Oldham EdP and one 1ml decant of vintage Anne Klein II EdP.


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me (portia underscore turbo @ yahoo dot com dot au) so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

To be eligible please tell us how you follow APJ and if you are inside or outside the US.

Also give us your take on any of the fragrances mentioned in today’s post or a fave from the 1990s.


Entries Close Thursday 1st October 2015 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winner will be chosen by
The winner will have till Sunday 4th October 2015 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

26 comments on “Todd Oldham by Parlux 1995

  1. Jaybee says:

    I have a soft spot for Vanilla Fields from the 90s. My first vanilla love! I live outside the US and follow by email. 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi Jaybee!
      I am partial to so many of the older and vintage Coty fragrances. Vanilla Fields is one of those. I especially like Les Muses, the 80s’ version of Coty’s 1946 Muse. Thank you for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  2. Gina says:

    I follow via email and am in the U.S.

    I don’t think I would like any of these scents because I don’t like designer fragrances. I did enjoy Opium and Obsession in the 90s and was a sucker for a man in Drakkar.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Gina,
      You might not like designer fragrances but maybe you WILL like this little Todd Oldham bottle! It is so cute. I am basically “anything goes” when it comes to fragrance. I realize that can be a problem and I should probably be more selective but I just can’t help myself. 😉
      Azar xx

  3. Pats says:

    I guess a fragrance that sticks in my mind from the 90’s was ‘Anais Anais’ which i first bought in Amsterdam and thought i was so chic! 🙂
    Its still around now, so it seems to have stood the test of time! – Its inoffensive and office friendly (and cheap).
    I’m in the UK and thanks for the draw. – Pats 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi Pats,
      Thanks for joining the draw! I really appreciate your point of view. Cheap and chic can both be good! At this point in my life the “enjoyment factor” is not relative to the “exclusivity” of the product. Of course there will be scents that are more interesting or well made but they don’t necessarily bring me more pleasure. 🙂
      Azar xx

  4. Rene Groyer says:

    Hi I follow by e mail and am outside the US.My favourite 90’s perfume is Spellbound by EL.Love it

    • Azar says:

      Hey Rene! What do you like best about Spellbound? I have to admit to never consciously trying it. That oversight will soon be remedied! Thank you for this 90s’ favorite and you are so IN!
      Azar xx

  5. Ellen says:

    I follow you by email. I never gave much thought to either Queen or Fancy Nights until the other day when I actually smelled them both. I was really surprised at how much I liked them. They were not at all what I had expected. I will try not to be a fragrance snob anymore. The idea of the squishy peach from Todd Oldham sounds positively divine. I’m not as sure about the banana popsicle note, but I’m certainly interested to try.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Ellen,

      Are you US non US? The prize is a little different by location.

      I think the banana Popsicle might be peculiar to my own experience of Todd Oldham. That being said, Todd is definitely a fruitier fragrance than Queen or Fancy Nights, but if you like those two its a good bet that you will like Todd Oldham as well – and probably love Anne Klein II!

      Azar xx

  6. ElizabethC says:

    I follow you via email (and am US). Banana popsicle!!!!! I love Amaranthine because it has a banana pudding note 🙂 Keeping with the food theme, I wore a lot of Index Orange Chocolate by Fresh in the late 90s. Still have my box of minis from Fresh when they had a larger variety.

    • Azar says:

      Such yummy scents, ElizabethC!
      I have a sample of Amaranthine but but don’t know the Fresh Index Orange Chocolate you refer too. It is probably long gone and discontinued? Thank you for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

      • ElizabethC says:

        Thank you!!! Thank you!! Thank you!! 🙂 PS, next time you are running around Seattle, if you want to meet at a bakery or coffee house, I’ve got a mini of the Orange Chocolate for you 🙂

  7. Fazal Cheema says:

    ahh, what a giveaway..the banana note and the color of the juice instantly reminded me Kenzo’s very first perfume King Kong if anyone else has smelled it. I am in the US and follow APJ through email

    • Azar says:

      Hi Fazal!
      I have no experience with King Kong. I checked it out on e-bay and the prices are staggering. I will have to stay with Todd’s peachy bananas for the foreseeable future. 😉
      Thanks so much for stopping by and joining today’s draw.
      Azar xx

      • Fazal Cheema says:

        keep checking King was inspired by actual King Kong movie..once in a while a good price may come up..

      • Azar says:

        I will be keeping my eyes out for King Kong. Thanks for the tip, Fazal. I love treasure hunts!
        Azar xx

  8. Winterlude says:

    Well, I haven’t tried any of these! I have been hearing a lot about Queen lately. It seems to pop up all over the place in my perfume reading.
    Try as I might, I can’t quite wrap my brain around banana popsicle! I’m in the US, thanks for the draw! I follow via email

    • Azar says:

      Hello Winterlude,
      I suppose it is the cold, frozen nature of a banana Popsicle that is at odds with the warm, peachy banana and with the rest of my description of Todd Oldham. Like so many other things in life it is impossible to understand until you experience it for yourself 😉 ! A lot of people don’t detect any banana at all in Todd Oldham. Whatever the outcome of the draw I think it is worth your while to try at least one of the members of this fragrance family. Thank you for commenting and being part of today’s draw!
      Azar xx

  9. cookie queen says:

    Morning! Banana. Uhm – OK. I have the quite lovely little miniature of this – thanks to a verly lovely fairy perfumista.
    Holding it in my hand now. I think it is time to give it a go. Starting with a dab.
    Hugs and bussis. ❤️

    • Azar says:

      Loved your photo essay this morning! (See my lengthly comments with at least one mis-spelled word.) Your stamina for travel truly amazes me. Are you even tired?
      Re Todd: Did you experience the bananas? I have to admit that , depending on the weather, the peaches sometimes rule.
      XOXO Azar

  10. flowergirlbee! says:

    i follow by email and live in australia. i am really interested in banana and banana skin as a note. do you have any suggestions for other perfumes for me to find it in? i had some deep blue hyacinths a few months ago and i swear as they were dying they smelled of banana.i guess that is the indoles and that made me wonder about what actually makes up the smell of bananas.the 90’s was the first time i ever bought some perfume.i found feminite du bois by shiseido in a posh mall in melbourne and loved it so much i bought it. then in the late 90’s i won a guerlain magazine comp and got lavande velours in the mail and loved that too.i didn’t get anymore perfume until i went crazy for it a few years ago. thanks for the giveaway ; )

    • Azar says:

      Hi flowergirlbee!
      ElizabethC mentions a bit of banana in Penhaligon’s Amaranthine. I agree. I think that is discontinued, though. I have not tried the relatively modern Coty version of Jungle Gardenia which is supposed to have a banana note. Fazal Cheema (in the comments above) mentions Kenzo’s King Kong. King Kong is hard to come by and very pricey, $250 to $770 USD on ebay! Yikes! That’s a lot to pay for a bunch of old bananas. 😉
      Azar xx

  11. Amy Orvin says:

    I follow you on Bloglovin as Amy Orvin and I live in the US. Charleston, SC to be exact.
    Thank you for the chance to win. My favorite perfume back in the 90’s was Giorgio Beverly Hills Giorgio. That’s a scent I still like and will never forget.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Amy Orvin,
      Thanks for dropping by and for joining today’s draw.
      Re Giorgio: I remember having a kind of love/hate thing for Giorgio when it first came out. It is such a distinct fragrance, there is really nothing else like it. The scent of Giorgio is so driven into my brain that all I have to do is read or hear the name and I can smell it clearly, as if I had given myself a great big spray just moments ago. As you say, it is unforgettable!
      Azar xx

  12. Tung says:

    I picked Kouros Fraicheur today 🙂 I’m in USA & I follow by email.

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