VINTAGE - Saravel Morocco Perfume
Year Introduced: 1939 - Feminine
Notes: Top notes of orange blossom, bergamot, tangerine, neroli and mimosa; middle notes of ylang-ylang, jasmine, rose and lily; and base notes of amber, sandalwood, musk, vetiver and patchouli (Cleopatra's Boudoir lists additional top notes of spices; middles notes of carnation and orange blossom; and base notes of vanilla and incense)
An excerpt from a review on Basenotes:
Saravel, Inc. was located in New York City and also distributed their wares under the name of Harsam. Saravel composed several perfumes with alluring exotic names, including Morocco, Sirocco, Jezebel and Gi-Gi. These were all oriental style formulas that were popular in the 1930s and 1940s.
I am experiencing a full, unopened bottle, still with its stopper intact. The immediate impression is that of a dark, bitter chypre, almost identical to Coty’s original. None of the orange scented top notes have survived. Neither have the floral middle notes. It is all base notes and I’d swear there are animalics (civet, styrax) here as well as the basenotes listed above. Ditto the labdanum and oakmoss that pair with the bergamot to make the classic chypre formula.
Morocco has been discontinued.
We are decanting out of an unopened, boxed bottle of the original perfume version of this fragrance.