Hello fragrance friends. Hope you are well and enjoy today’s post.
Well, like any other perfume obsessive, I’m pretty unfaithful when it comes to scents. Sometimes I’ll wear several a day, let alone dozens in a week. So it’s surprised me that I have been pretty much faithful to one scent for several weeks now:
Chamade by Guerlain 1969
Chamade was created by Jean-Paul Guerlain in 1969, and it was inspired by the Francoise Sagan’s novel “La Chamade” which was later adapted into a movie starring Catherine Deneuve. The word, from French means a drumbeat signifying a retreat from war.
Fragrantica gives these featured accords (Ed: different in the blurb and pictures, I’ve melded):
Top: Hyacinth, Turkish rose, jasmine, bergamot, aldehydes
Heart: Lilac, cloves, jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, iris, galbanum, ylang-ylang, blackcurrant buds,
Base: Sandalwood, vetiver, musk, benzoin, amber, tonka bean, Tolu balsam, Peru balsam
Many others have written of the fragrance so beautifully, that I can’t really add much more to what’s been said already. However, the perfume, as many have noted, feels like a perfume in three separate acts. The first is the bright green, spring-like opening of galbanum and hyacinth at first fresh and then powdery; the second act is all about dewy rose and lilac, underpinned by juicy blackcurrant; the final act is another beast entirely, where the green rosiness segues into smooth and sweet vanilla and amber.
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I acquired my bottle of Chamade a few months ago, knowing it was hard to find here in Australia and a classic. I initially regretted my purchase and wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about it. Fast forward some time and Chamade is now so perfect to me, I’m actually wondering how I lasted without it as long as I did. The perfume is everything I’d like to think I am and everything I want in the idealized version of myself: sophisticated, elegant, intelligent, beautiful and warm. It is at once a perfect adornment whilst at the same time being innately part of me. For note, I have the EDP version.
Photo Stolen TrendsEve
Further reading:Bois de Jasmin and Now Smell This
SurrendertoChance has samples starting at $3/ml
Have you tried Chamade? Have you been more faithful to one fragrance lately? What perfumes are currently in rotation for you?
With much love until next time!
8 thoughts on “Chamade by Jean-Paul Guerlain 1969”
Hey there Madeleine,
Gorgeous creature that you are. Another great review.Just before I went away I managed to get my hands on some Vintage Chamade Parfum. You should come over and tell me if its the real deal. As always, lovely review.
Thank you my lovely! Can’t wait to have a sniff!
Thanks for the beautiful review! Alas, all I have left of my old Chamade is the empty bottle.
That’s no good at all! You need more! 🙂
The gold one looks so tempting!
The bottles are gorgeous too. I would love the parfum in the heart-shaped bottle.
I love Chamade with all my heart and I love your review. You are so lucky to have a bottle of Chamade, They are really rare and gorgeous and you should enjoy it. I love the vintage floral-aldehyde smell, It smells really romantic to me, like an old Paris you see in the vintage pictures. I only have a small sample but I will cherish it until I will find a big vintage bottle. ^_^
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