One of the interesting things about Paco Rabanne's 1969 Calandre is how this pleasant aldehydic floral was considered edgy when it first came out. While there were plenty of flowery perfumes on the market (with or without an aldehydic opening), and green chypres were also quite popular, there was something about Calandre that registered differently and is a little harder to decipher today.
The first 20 minutes or so of this Paco Rabanne creation has what my husband refers to as a "vintage accord". Can you tell he's not generally a fan of aldehydes (or florals, really)? Truth be told I wasn't sold on Calandre the first time I gave it a full wearing until the green notes started to emerge. I also suspect that the citrus in the top notes in one of my older bottles are no longer in their prime, as I seem to remember Calandre as a little more lemony and only slightly bitter. But it all changes ones a very green hyacinth kicks in with something hay-like on its footsteps. It's softer than one would expect, probably because of the abundance of other flower in the heart, especially a dry rose. Paying attention to the perfume at this stage reveals just how masterfully its blended and how fitting it was with the Paco Rabanne fashion line.
As a chypre, Calandre has less of an oakmossy kick than some others. It actually dries down to an almost skin scent, just a bit green. It's not very strong but utterly satisfying if chypres are your thing. There's a casual elegance to this scent, as though you picked the bottle simply because it was there and it just fits with whatever your plans are for the day. I can see how at the time it was a great first date perfume, very appropriate for the office but never ever boring.
Calandre has an interesting history and back story. You can read more about it on this Perfume Shrine review. Please note that a few months after Elena wrote her post, Calandre was, indeed, discontinued and confirmed so by Puig, the company that owns the Paco Rabanne perfume license. Since then the prices online have been climbing up, though it's still possible to find a bargain here and there.
Calandre 1971 ad- vintageadbrowser.com
Paco Rabanne fashion photographed for French Vogue, 1969: fuckyeah60sfashion.tumblr.com (probably NSFW)