Orgueil 
Lucien Lelong (1946)

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There are 2 reviews of Orgueil by Lucien Lelong.


The opening is clearly fruity, with ripe peaches and plum each vying for pole position, and both liked by a gently restrained lashing of aldehydes, which provide the opening blast with a fresh undertone.

The floral heart of this composition is outed min the drydown, with white carnation, a lovely iris core, and a traditional natural jasmine playing the lead roles, although at times a bright Centifolia rose is an accompanying basso continuo in the background.

The base is changing direction again, with a delicious ambergris supplying a discreetly bitter main frame, with a somewhat weak oakmoss plating with a very soft and slightly crisp leather note. The ambergris is truly exceptional.

I get moderate sillage and excellent projection in this frangrance, which apparently was created to proudly celebrate the expulsion of the German occupiers from France. And, as far as the performance is concerned, there is pride to be hand in another quality of this creation: the absolutely sensational longevity, with reaches seventeen hours on me, albeit close to my skin toward the end.

Fruity - floral - then fougère: this fruity-floral chypre, composed in ingredients if the highest quality, is a remarkable achievement and masterpiece of the dawn of post-WW2 Europe. Magnificent. 4/5.

Feb 28, 2016


This is a perfume for the mature woman of the 1940s. A very strong, heady mixture of florals and leather - imagine inhaling the bottom of a woman's handbag of the era, where the scent of lipstick and cologne have mingled with the inner soft leather lining.

It was described by Lelong itself as "fruity with floral and oriental undertones." That about covers all bases without really committing. It may not have stood out above the other of its era, but the scent today is so rare as to make this a remarkable gem.

The name translates as "pride, arrogance," meant to symbolize the French emerging victorious from WWII.

Top notes: Plum, Peach, Sweet Pea
Heart notes: Carnation, Tuberose, Jasmine, Iris, Rose, Cloves, Nutmeg
Base notes: Oak Moss, Sandalwood, Ambergris, Leather

A real stunner of a scent! Vintage is still available on ebay.
Apr 5, 2015

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