RETRO - Jean Desprez Sheherazade EDT
Year Introduced: 1939, reformulated and relaunched in 1983 - Feminine
Notes: Top notes of aldehydes, orange, chamomile, blackcurrant, bergamot, geranium, pepper, nutmeg, clove and rosewood; middle notes of mimosa, coriander, tarragon, daisy, lily of the valley, hyacinth, gardenia, rose, orange blossom, carnation, ylang-ylang, jasmine, orris and cassis; and base notes of patchouli, wormwood, labdanum, tonka, incense, leather, civet, ambergris, pine nuts, vanilla, sandalwood, musk, vetiver, oakmoss, opoponax and benzoin
Perfumer Jean Desprez was the great-grandson of perfumer Félix Millot, and he carried on the family tradition with pride. He created the iconic fragrance Crêpe de Chine. Sheherazade is an oriental floral fragrance for women.
An excerpt of a review from Fragrantica:
I found and wore one bottle in the 1980s. It was beautiful. It haunted me for years. Sheherazade was reformulated in 1983 off of the original 1939 version. It was short lived --discontinued in the late 1980s.
It's softer and has less of an edge than the family member Bal a Versailles. Its very feminine where Bal can lean unisex. I recently obtained a rare PDT 3.3 tall splash bottle fairly intact. Top notes of the pepper berries and rosewood grab your attention until the warm deep base begins to warm the scent with the powdery vanillic opoponax enveloping the heart notes. It is a full, complex kitchen sink fragrance like Bal a Versailles. Opulent, plush and gorgeous. It is one of those rare perfumes that star chypre and twist into oriental in the mid-drydown.
Opulent, plush and gorgeous. I'm glad to meet her again. This one does the dance of the seven veils. Give her TIME. After about 20 minutes time she is off and dancing. Sheherazade also layers well with Bal Cologne. Sheherazade is an interesting contrast of light and dark, sweet and bitter, floral and woods. She is a beautiful oriental floral, a little bit like Clinique’s Aromatic Elixir, but less herbal. It smells warm and creamy, probably because of benzoin and sweet myrrh. It has an addictive quality to it, and the goodness stays even after the deep orange perfume has evaporated away from your skin.
Sheherazade has been discontinued.
We are decanting from an unopened, boxed bottle of the 1983 re-release eau de toilette version of the fragrance.