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Chamade EdP


Chamade was created by Jean-Paul Guerlain, and launched in 1969. In French, the word “chamade” refers to the rapid beating of the heart, or moment of surrender, and Chamade, the fragrance, is said to symbolize a total surrender to love. 

The first spritz on my wrist is assertively green, just like leaves and green buds and stems crushed and rubbed between fingers, the distinctive pollen smell of galbanum and tart limey bergamot mixed with soapy aldehydes. This deep green accord soon takes a big breath and relaxes, sweetening with vibrant notes of sweet hyacinth and ripe blackcurrents. Slowly, the green opening diminishes, gradually revealing the feminine floral heart, a bouquet of white blooms, roses, perfect jasmine, and lilacs in full bloom, all dusted delicately with the scent of clove. No single note dominates, the accord is delicate and lush, with a hints of the verdant opening accord with its dusty pollens and oily leaves. 

Slowly, the heart surrenders and the dry-down into the base begins. It takes a long long time to appear, and when it does, the accord is Guerlain magic. Creamy resinous sandalwood, dark vanilla, aromatic tonka and benzoin, earthy iris and vetiver blended to perfection, sophisticated and elegant but unexpectedly sultry and sensual. This is the Guerlinade effect writ full. The assertive beating heart surrenders to warmth of love.

Chamade was a game-changer. It’s really like two separate fragrances, a beautiful contrast between cool and warm notes, with the assertive and distinctive green opening, and the sophisticated balsamic  sensual dry-down for which we are made to wait, and wait….but the gorgeous base accord lingers for hours and hours so the wait is worth it. 

NOTE: This EdP version is richer and more complex than the EdT from top to bottom, with some of the strong green and aldehydic notes softened slightly, making the sillage perfect for social occasions.

Notes:greens, galbanum, bergamot, hyacinth, and aldehydes; its heart as rose, jasmine, lilac, and clove; and its base as vanilla, amber, iris, benzoin, sandalwood, and vetiver.

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Jean-Paul Guerlain

Price: $7.00