VIE Vienna by Gérald Ghislain for The Scent of Departure 2011

Hi there Perfume Junkies,

There are a few brands that I have looked at occasionally and wondered if they would suit me, or work for me. My interest is tweaked but still I never quite get around to trying their wares. No reason except I don’t come across them in my life and forget to order them when sample/decant shopping. While we were in Korea recently I stumbled across a store that sold The Scent Of Departure range, I love their idea, the fun packaging, the relation to travel and the price point. At the time I spritzed myself with Bali and enjoyed the 100% artificial feeling ride immensely, it was a fun, plastic version of what I imagine Bali to be and I was sad that I’d not purchased. Now I can’t seem to find it online from anywhere that sends to Australia for less than the asking price. Even IndieScents has none left, though they do have others.

VIE Vienna by Gérald Ghislain for The Scent of Departure 2011

Vienna VIE The Scent of Departure FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Mint, cut grass, floral notes, lemon, bergamot
Heart: Lotus, tarragon, anise, cinnamon, rhubarb, clove
Base: Mexican chocolate, vanilla, coffee, licorice, patchouli, woodsy notes, Guaiac wood

Imagine lemon balm dipped in chocolate and with a side of ice cream. That’s how Vienna opens for me. A fizzy, fun, citrus extravaganza that is both cool and warm. The note list seems quite arbitrary and bears only the most nodding acquaintance with what I smell. Mint, kinda, cut grass, ummmm no, anise, yes, something flowery and slightly wet and some spices that are not particularly cinnamon or clove. Patchouli I get once the opening notes blow off and the anise could be construed as licorice. Chocolate is most pronounced at opening but makes interesting re-appearances throughout pairing with this or that note. Tarragon slides in surreptitiously and sweetens the mix with its lovely green warmth. YUMMY! Next day I am still softly but noticeably fragrant, it’s a woody sweet remnant.

ViennaPhoto Stolen Wikipedia

So how does this tie in with Vienna? One of my favourite cities in the world where Empress Sisi once lived, the heart of the Austrian empire. Where in 1994/5 I used to visit my childhood friend David C who was dancing in the Vienna State Opera Ballet. Where I have been visiting Birgit, Dr O & Sandra (and Sean) from Olfactoria’s Travels, staying at the central but fading majesty of the Royal Hotel. It’s reasonable priced, around the corner from St Stephen’s Cathedral and in the heart of the Vienna shopping and historical district.

Vienna VIE The Scent of Departure St Stephen's Cathedral Roof LuckySilver1 PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

What does this fragrance have to do with the Schonnbrunn, Hoffburg, Belvedere or any of the nearby historical monuments? To be honest I think very little. Unless you take the fizzy opening as cold snow covered Vienna, which is my favourite way to view it. Then the spicy, stark heart could be the beauty and interest of the architecture, artists, cathedrals and parklands. If we can stretch the analogy then the slightly freaky gourmand base is the people. Underneath their reserve they are a warm people to strangers, friendly and welcoming and when you hit their funny bone they are quick to laugh and enjoy themselves.

Vienna VIE The Scent of Departure Schnnbrunn Roger Wallstadt FlickrPhoto Stolen Flickr

Further reading: EauMG and Ca Fleure Bon
LookFantastic has £27.20/50ml (ONLY UK shoppers though)
IndieScents has some samples

Are these discontinued? Is there a shortage? Have you tried any of them and what did you think?
Portia xx

7 thoughts on “VIE Vienna by Gérald Ghislain for The Scent of Departure 2011

  1. I love seeing photos and reading anything about Vienna since knowing B. Can’t wait to go and experience it for myself next year.

    I had no idea you had been visiting for so long. You must feel quite at home when you’re there.

    It is hard to see how this fragrance reprsents the city but you made a very valiant attempt at interpreting it!

    If you need a friend in the UK to get this to you, you need only to say the word 🙂


    • OMG! Tara, we may need to talk. There are a couple in the range I would like to go FB on.
      I will email you.
      Portia xx


    • I can’t wait to get your reactions on Vienna too. Please stay at the Royal Hotel. Birgit was the one who reminded me of it as a good choice. Very reasonable and close to transport etc, just around the corner from Sandra and her household too.
      So excited for you.
      Portia xx


  2. “…once the opening notes blow off…” – that is my favorite line in here, I love your little cheeky poems! A perfect phrase 🙂 I love your reviews so much, Portia! I really feel like I can sense this fragrance!


    • Thanks Erica,
      Always a pleasure to have you around.
      My fingers are still crossed that you will become a fortnightly contributor.
      Portia xx


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