L'Origan Vintage Extrait and Parfum de Toilette (Coty)

Coty L'Origan (1905) is possibly the most influential carnation that ever blossomed in a bottle. It is the older sister of Guerlain Après L'Ondée (1906), mother of Guerlain L'Heure Bleue (1912), host to Spanish exchange student Myrurgia Maja (1921), grandmother of Coty Paris (1923) and Caron Bellodgia (1927), doting fairy godmother of Caron Poivre (1954), Houbigant Raffinée (1982), and Parfums De Nicolaï's Sacrebleu (1993), not to mention indulgent Auntie Mame to her boys Habit Rouge (1965) and Fendi Uomo (1988). If you wear all of those fragrances in the exact order in which I have listed them, you will understand what about L'Origan was deemed inspiring, unpleasant, divine, redundant, deeply missed, worthy of imitation, and later, deserving of revival. Head backwards in time from L'Origan, though, and you'll quite simply find yourself in a field of wildflowers. How many fragrances can say that?

Welcome to the floral primeval.

Scent Elements: Bergamot, orange, peach, coriander, pepper, nutmeg, clove, carnation, jasmine, orange blossom, heliotrope, violet, rose, ylang-ylang, benzoin, tarragon, cedar, incense, musk, sandalwood, vanilla, labdanum, civet, coumarin