Berlin by Gallivant

My novice nose read this as “spicy lemon,” which is congruent with the listed notes (hooray, points for the beginner!). As time goes on I’m detecting a hint of something greener, like newly-snapped twigs, which I assume is the vetiver. It does have a simplicity and a crispness, as Rosymel noted. To me it’s very much a tomboy scent, cool and neat with a tiny bit of hardworking perspiration, like a well-pressed linen shirt with the sleeves rolled up. It might not be innovative to some, but I’m finding it very refreshing and appealing to my feminist self. For the days one seeks straightforwardness and verve.
Apr 19, 2020

No. 5 Eau de Cologne by Chanel

Thank you to the admins for adding the EdC! This is the concentration I recall my mother wearing in the 1970s, the one that seemed the most “modern” and “liberated” in character at that time, and the one she has tried to approximate since. It has long been discontinued, but I do not know the date (1990s?). I’d welcome comments from those of you with more expertise about the differences between incarnations of this classic scent.
Dec 2, 2019

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