I recently talked and asked you about goners that you never smelled. Tonight I wonder about the ones you did smell and wish with all your might that were still available. I can be anything- a reformulated or abandoned classic, a bizarre little mainstream perfume that disappeared from the shelves, a celeb scent that went into oblivion... Can you choose one perfume to bring back from the dead?
I'm trying to decide on the one and have a lot of trouble with it. Of course I want all the grand chypres of yore, full of oakmoss and other impossible raw materials. I want the real Mitsouko back, as well as Parure. Also, a dirtier and civetier Jicky and Shalimar are high on my wishlist. But do they rate highre for me than the real Chanel No. 19? Can I choose? Can you? And Djedi, of course, but I'll have to let it go since we have the mighty Onda by Vero Perfumo, and it hits the same spot for me (and then some. I truly prefer Onda). There are others I adore and miss, some only from memory, others live as hoarded bottles stashed away. But The One? The perfume I most want to see brought back even with a hefty (and deserving) price tag is Iris Gris by Jacques Fath. It's a lump-in-my-throat beauty and we're nothing but deprived of its presence today. So, yes, that's my answer.
*The perfume in question is Mirabella by DSH Perfumes. A classic fruity spicy chypre deserving of the opera or the Monaco Rose Ball.
Photo: Simone van gen Hassend and Ondine Dietz in "Geisterstunde. Interviews mit Göttinnen und Demoiselles" (The Witching Hour: Interviews with goddesses and maidens) from und-1.de