Empreinte 
Courrèges (1971)

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Courrèges
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Robert Gonnon
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There are 7 reviews of Empreinte by Courrèges.


I can imagine a lawyer wearing this scent,also a woman who runs a business,a gothic girl,a person who loves black clothes.it won't suit a romantic or girly woman.she is not a classical beauty but she is unique and lovable due to her unstarched elegance - easy and natural.she is a lady of character,self assured without being supercilious. feminine today most of the time means smelling like fruit,candies, cookies.i am extremely puzzled when i read Cabochard, Bandit,Opium or Vintage Empreinte are unisex or masculine.i could not think of more feminine scents than these.there are so many scents today that one can certainly find what he or she likes.and i am happy to like and continue reviewing these type of classic scents.

Slightly loud on the aldebyde at first but it calms down quickly when it melds so beautifully with the citruses that developes into a distinct patchouli note. the rose and orris are extremely smooth but gives it a maturity and substance. the dry down reveals an mossy woodiness which gives character and depth to the florals,accentuating the green notes until the end.find it lingers as a strongly feminine complex, and is intense and earthy near the skin,the equivalent of wearing sexy underwear with under a blend business suit. definitely a night on the town fragrance. sillage is a little heavy at first but lightens considerably,longevity is good.
Nov 16, 2021


The reformulated perfume is neither one thing or the other. The dustiness is similar to that of Calandre, but it isn't offset by the sharpness, so it falls flat. There is a sunflower/daisy/artemisia facet, but that is primitive, similar to what a perfume loving child would try to make by shaking up flowers in a jar (Guilty) I think there's a touch of Juicy Fruit ester in the reformulation that wasn't in the original. On the upside it isn't musky.
There's a 'Madam Secretary' episode where the youngest daughter dresses up in an Andre Courreges outfit. It looked very similar to Mary Quant, the gear and make-up that I loved in that era. I will leave Empreinte in the past with Zen, but Blanc from the same house is modern, unisex and durable.
Jun 20, 2017


Cathouse in a bottle. This is a chic, dry chypre that is extremely animalic. While not green like Coriandre, this has a similar vibe--elegant, disturbing and dirty. The coriander and castoreum probably have some civet alongside it, although it is not listed. There is an unfair stereotype about French women--they don't bathe, but wear perfume instead. This is that smell, bottled. Sexy, yes, but just this side of nasty and seemingly at odds with the clean lines and space age look of his clothing at that time.
Jul 24, 2015


This is a dry, slightly fruity, chypre that is rather unique in my experience.

Very subtle, a bit animalic (I'd swear there was civet in here, but it must be the castoreum that is so center stage).

The peach, plum and melon notes do not dominate, but just lift this scent lightly aloft. The coriander and castoreum dominate. It is worn very close to the skin and as such would be a subtle magnet for intimate relations.

The notes are listed above in Zut's review, so I won't repeat them here.

This has been around for 43 years. It must be doing something right. It is certainly unisex in my opinion. Worth a try seeing as how it is quite inexpensive as well as being quite lovely.

First Edit: The overall effect at the end of using one bottle is the light "dirty" scent of oak moss and cumin, one of the nicest of the animalic florals.
Aug 15, 2014


Empreinte is one of my favourite chypre fragrances of all time. Here is the olfactive pyramid for this fragrance according to most commercial sites.

Top Notes: Peach, bergamot, coriander, artemisia, aldehydes
Heart Notes: Bulgarian rose, Grasse jasmine, melon, orris
Base Notes: Amber, patchouli, oakmoss, cedarwood, sandalwood, castoreum

Strangely enough, I cannot detect either one of the top and heart notes. I most certainly get the aldehyde effect but that's about it. It seems like I directly skip to the base notes which, IMHO, are much more interesting. Some say this is a chypre floral other say chypre cuir. To me, the feel is really chypre cuir. However, instead of hard masculine leather, I get the feeling of sensuous supple suede. Empreinte is dry and can be quite intense on some women but it is never aggressive. If you are not into sweet powdery perfumes or cloying hyper-feminine flowery fragrances, you should try Empreinte.
Oct 25, 2011


I would absolutely die to get some more of this amazing scent. It was my absolute favourite. Definitely evening and very very special. Incredibly powerful, but somehow fresh and green too. I also like Guy Laroche's Fiji which is fresher but somehow similar and also Bulgari's The Verte (also difficult to find!) If anyone can recommend anything similar, please let me know. ANNA
Nov 19, 2009

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