Sirocco is the warm and dry wind that blows through the Sahara desert. You may also know it by another name, Chergui. Both names originated from the Arabic word "sharc" which means "east". I'm not sure of Sirocco by Lucien Lelong was the earliest perfume to be inspired by the Sahara, but this 1934 fragrance obviously predates Chergui (Lutens, 2005), L'Air du Desert Marocain (Tauer, 2005), and Nuit au Desert (Gaubin-Daude, 2002).
Like the modern perfumes above, Lucien Lelong's Sirocco is an oriental fragrance. It opens up quite spicy and emerges from my vintage bottle with a blast of dry and dusty coriander that's still punchy enough as though it was freshly ground. As Sirocco develops on skin it gets the familiar shape of an oriental-- a little woody (I'd say sandalwood and opopponax) and quite ambery. The sweetness is the one of yore, not the sugary confection we often get today, but a velvety and slightly dark thing. If we have to use a pastry analogy I'd compare it to high quality spicy tea cookies. Speaking of the spices in Sirocco, I smell something cinnamony and interestingly enough, dried lavender. Continuing the cookie theme, it reminds me of crisp French lavender cookies.