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Fendi is one of the “big hair and shoulder pads” designer fragrances of the 1980’s. Giorgio by Giorgio of Hollywood, Diva by Ungaro, Chanel’s Coco preceded Fendi’s 1985 launch, others like Boucheron and Balenciaga’s Rumba followed soon after. Unlike the others, Fendi has an earthy refined kind of chic glamour, a darkness that conveys luxury and feminine power without being overwhelming, which makes it the best of the bunch, in my opinion.

The design house, Fendi, started in Rome in 1918 and became known for its fur and leather designs for women. The floral chypre fragrance opens with sparkling aldehydes and notes of green citrusy bergamot which immediately morph into a dry mossy accord with notes of rosewood and smoke and a funky feral warmth, leather and fur, purring.  Is this chypre a pussycat or a wildcat...

The mossy sueded leather accord sweetens as Fendi moves into the floral heart, which is honeyed and warm, sweet with indolic wafts of white florals jasmine and tuberose, luxurious and rich with exotic spiciness from deep-scented rose and carnation. Orris and geranium add damp bitter green complexity, balancing the honeyed sweetness and opening the floral heart to release hints of leather and wisps of smoke. The heart is floral perfection, rich and enigmatic…the purring continues.

Fendi base notes weave into a deep dark silky smooth blanket. Resinous cedarwood and creamy sandalwood and earthy patchouli, skin-soft musk, caramelized amber, dark vanilla and benzoin, cradle the floral heart in baroque luxury. Mossy, spicy, floral, honey-sweet, woody, leathery, Fendi floral chypre has become Fendi classic Oriental, warm, deep and complex, mysterious and exotic, decadent, elegant, intense, feminine, powerful and beautiful, and purring like a wildcat.

Long out of production and extremely hard to find anywhere, here is the original Fendi for you to try. 

Notes:  bergamot, aldehydes and rosewood, rose, lily of the valley, geranium, jasmine, tuberose, orris and carnation, cedarwood, patchouli, sandalwood, moss, musk, amber, vanilla and benzoin.

Type: EdT

Parfumeur: Created by Firmenich, nose unidentified


Price: $10.00