I found and bought this yesterday. Suzuro vintage parfum (30ml) by Shiseido. I had never even heard of it. It was there. I got it for 25 pounds but it is up for grabs on eBay for $550. Ultra-rare. Apparently Shiseido’s ‘best perfume’. Impossible to find. I thought I should get it.
A museum piece.
What does it smell like?
No 19 crossed with Arpège.
Admittedly neither; but also definitely also completely both.
I offered my wrist to D when he came home after the scent had procured itself for a few hours on my skin.
“Is that not Arpège?”
” And is this “,
(dabs stopper onto the back of hand) ” not 19?”
“It is. Wow.“
For anyone who knows these two perfumes as intimately as I do (and I know there are plenty of you out there), this is a very odd thing.
On the skin, at first, the hyacinth/galbanum/vetiver/iris/neroli chic amalgam is immediately the Chanel seventies masterpiece – which Shiseido had already commemorated in its far less expensive local Japanese drugstore perfume Murasaki- but also, in its soul, nothing like it. This is Shiseido. I feel echoes. It has its own heart. some memories of Inouï, and Shiseido Kamakura. Something local ( the Shiseido factory is just down the road).
Even so, as we know, vintages are different, accentuate different facets….. so on first inhalation I definitely felt that this could easily be just a slightly, mysteriously different 19 (but what is that I am smelling……..is it …….chamomile?). Sharp, citric; very green…..
Quickly, a different personality takes over; a more tamed, calming, and domestic mimosa and sandalwood-led aspect – fuzzier, tender, rather lovely – that eventually leads to a slightly sharper version of Arpège (one parent from 1927, another from 1970, how odd.)….
Doppelgängers mating; and giving birth to a hale, and very sensible, mysteriously intelligent lovechild. ….