Normandie was created in 1935, and named after the luxury ocean liner. All first-class passengers on its maiden voyage received a sample of this perfume.
It was recommended to me as a powdery amber, and that, plus spicy carnation, is pretty much it to my nose. That plus–THE PAST. Like Le Dix, which I reviewed previously, Normandie smells dated to me. It’s a time machine in a bottle, going back to a time before my own. Why this smells too old-fashioned to me, and L’Heure Bleue, which also has powder, spice, carnation, and a sweet drydown, does not, is a mystery.
Like Niki de Saint Phalle, Normandie is no longer in production, but can still be found on Ebay, in its art-deco-patterned box.
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Fiber-supplement experimentation–Congratulations, Metamucil! WAY to find an orange dye which withstands the digestive process!