In which I discover an excellent perfume blog and a forgotten 1970s fragrance.
Research, both offline and online, brought little information. Basenotes lists the launch date of Quiproquo as 1976, while Fragrantica mentions both 1975 and 1976 (on the same page). The perfumer was Robert Gonnon who created a few much beloved 1970s classics such as Anais Anais for Cacharel , O de Lancome and Sikkim. The most telling item was the 1978 ad above (via Hprints.com) that tells a story of sunshine, a leisurely weekend stroll and a perfume shared by a man and a woman.
Quiproquo is as casual and carefree as Cabochard is dramatic and sexy. The leafy greens and juicy lemons represent the 1970 idea of light, fresh and clean. The lemon tree is the main feature of this Parfums Grès fragrance: fruit, leaf and wood. It's outdoorsy and lively yet refined-- you actually dress up a little for this kind of a weekend in the countryside. The best part if you ask me is the dry-down. It's all wood and oakmoss. There's no laundry musk here. Instead, you feel like you're refreshing yourself sitting in the shade of a tree, resting your back against its trunk and looking up at the green crown swishing above you in the breeze.
Now, I told you I was looking up information about Quiproquo. Apparently, around the same time I got my bottle, someone else wrote the only other review of this fragrance I could find. I have no idea how I missed this wonderful blog until this week (it's been around for nearly a year), but I can tell you I've spent some very satisfying quality time reading The Black Narcissus, enjoying the writing and the visuals. Highly recommended.
Artwork: Lemon Tree by Gordon Haas.