Saturday, February 23, 2008

Chopard Casmir

(Image: Art Photo by d. Chedwick Bryant)

Chopard Casmir (1991) is a delectable Oriental-Gourmand blend of amber, vanilla, sandalwood, patchouli and a cornucopia of fruits, coconut and flowers (jasmine, geranium, lily of the valley) in its modern-sophisticated heart. It's a voluptuous, hypersweet and rich, opulent perfume, one of the earliest Gourmands alongside Thierry Mugler Angel. Casmir is arguably the first Gourmand but Angel is usually credited as being the pioneer scent. Complex but never stuffy, thoroughly one of the more modern, youthful vanilla-based creations of the New Age-inspired, relaxed and simplified '90s, Casmir is above all a unique fragrance, easily recognizable and easy-to-wear for people who generally like sweet scents but shy away from typically Oriental, spicy-ambery blends. Like Lolita Lempicka, Casmir is able to walk the thin line between youthful and mysterious, making it a great crossover scent for people who would like to wear seductive Oriental scents without giving up a hint of girly-sweet Pink Sugar/Hanae Mori vibe. The fruits give it a dazzling richness bringing to mind Volupte or Cabotine, but Casmir isn't as flowery as those. Whenever I sample Casmir, I get a combination of tropical (coconut-beachy) and exotic (Middle Eastern-Indian). It's the most worldly-smelling Gourmand I've ever encountered, and it suits the dynamic women I know who wear it well.