RETRO - Sonia Rykiel Septieme Sens Parfum
Year Introduced: 1979 - Feminine
Notes: (From Basenotes) Top notes of aldehydes, bergamot, plum, peach, coriander, violet, cardamom and angelica; middle notes of Mirabelle plum, narcissus, carnation, jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose and honey; and base notes of leather, musk, vanilla, sandalwood, amber, oakmoss, civet, patchouli, castoreum and vetiver (Cleopatra's Boudoir shows additional top notes of prune and nutmeg; middle notes of clove, lily of the valley and jonquil; and base notes of resin and cedar)
Sonia Rykiel is a Parisian designer. Her first fragrance, Septieme Sens, was introduced in 1979. Septieme Sens .. 7e Sens .. or Seventh Sense is a dark, mysterious, carnal and sensual chypre. It is both fruity and animalistic, and is designed for modern and adventurous women.
Two reviews from Basenotes:
Notes seem to include carnation, narcissus, honey, and animalics. On my skin there is a smoky/leather effect...and a slight hint of cigarettes. It's dirrrrrrrrrrrrty. In the fall weather, it's playing better than in the summer heat.
A quietly stunning evening man slayer! Deep, dark and mysterious complex tones embedded in sheer mystery. A very serious fragrance for the woman with one thing on her mind - to get the job done (whatever the job may be). A sophisticated yet no nonsense scent.
An excerpt from Cleopatra's Boudoir:
Sonia Rykiel named it Seventh Sense because it reaches beyond the five senses, which are physical, and even beyond intuition, which is the sixth sense. Rykiel originally created the perfume for herself as she never wore a fragrance before Septieme Sens. "Perhaps it was because I didn't find my fragrance. That is exactly why I started designing clothes, because I couldn't find my space in clothes. Well I didn't find my space in perfume", she remarked.
In 1982, Rykiel said "I think my perfume could touch many more women now because it's so mysterious and life is so busy now. A woman needs to keep her mystery."
Performing Arts, 1982:
Septieme Sens, a fragrance by designer Sonia Rykiel, is re-entering the fragrance market under the direction of and at the counters of Germain Monteil in the "right stores". The perfume, designed by Rykiel for herself, and women like her, has a tinge of masculine and animal allures, with a touch of "feminine mysteriousness."
It is classified as a fruity-animalic chypre fragrance for women. It begins with a fruity, spicy top, followed by a narcotic floral heart, resting on a sultry, sensual base. A sensuous blend of aldehydic floral notes and rich mossy undertones. The vibrant top is rich with bergamot, ylang and modern aldehydes. The smooth yet slightly spicy midsection is enlivened by a classic combination of rose, muguet and jasmine. Nuances of carnation, laced with coriander and nutmeg create a signature note that is present at every phase. The undertones are a complex blend of musks, mosses and resins, each harmoniously tuned to highlight the warmth and richness of cedarwood, patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver.
An excerpt of a review from The Non-Blonde:
You don't get to hear much about Sonia Rykiel's first perfume, 7e Sens (1979). It has vanished off the shelves in the mid 80s and seems to have been forgotten. It's not very surprising, though, considering the shift in taste and trends. In an era when people are constantly looking to smell like their clean laundry, a dark animalic beast as 7e Sens doesn't really fit in the designer market. And what an animal it was...
The opening is a feeling of an aged, exquisite fruity liqueur, dark and syrupy, being poured into crystal glasses. You can almost see the dim, candle-lit, velvet-draped room in which this rendez vous is taking place. Long black gloves, a slinky dress, soft murmurs. It's a cliche, I know, but the setting for this perfume simply cannot be an ordinary date at a hook-up bar. It's about strangers on a train, Lady Chatterley and her lover, Isadora Wing's sexual adventures... take your pick. Just not Jennifer Aniston and her ilk.
The progression of 7e Sens is a lesson in animalic notes. It's raw, leathery and warm, and I wouldn't be surprised to learn there's some real castoreum or civet in this juice. This is not for the faint of heart or for the easily offended coworker. There's some barnyard in it and a lot of human bare skin. I find it captivating and engaging, but I'm not sure about wearing it in the company of non-perfume-people.
I have a tiny bottle of the parfum extrait, bought on eBay. There aren't many of these floating around, so I cherish every little drop.
An excerpt of a review from Perfume Smellin Things:
7e Sens offers a glimpse into a subversive, glamorous and elegant world...a world that is a mix of Francoise Sagan and Anais Nin, nonchalant and intense, lightheartedly promiscuous and heartbreakingly erotic.
Sonya Rykiel's 1979 creation, 7e Sens is a play of sparkle and darkness, of overripe sweetness and sharp spiciness. The lighter side of 7e Sens is composed of bubbly aldehydes, of tingly piquancy of coriander and carnation, of the seeming innocence of jasmine and narcissus. The dark side is represented by sinfully luscious prunes (the note I adore in perfume), peach and honey, by the languid ylang and the indolent rose. The two lines run through the composition, sometimes parallel, sometimes intertwining, with the second one eventually taking over and ultimately finding its closure in a lush, animalic, fantastically sexy, nocturnal base of amber, musk, civet, patchouli and castoreum. Brooding and smoldering under its deceptively calm surface, 7e Sens is one of the most sensual fragrances I have encountered.
Septieme Sens has been discontinued.
We are decanting out of an unopened, boxed bottle of the original parfum version of this fragrance.