Septieme Sens by Sonia Rykiel: launched in 1979, also known as 7e Senses, was created by Françoise Caron for the "modern, adventurous woman."
Sonia Rykiel named it Seventh Sense because it reaches beyond the five senses, which are physical, and even beyond intuition, which is the sixth sense. Sonia Rykiel originally created the perfume for herself as she never wore a fragrance before Septieme Sens. "Perhaps it was because I didn't find my fragrance. That is exactly why I started designing clothes, because I couldn't find my space in clothes. Well I didn't find my space in perfume", she remarked.
In 1982, when asked about the saleability of her perfume, she said "I think my perfume could touch many more women now because it's so mysterious and life is so busy now. A woman needs to keep her mystery."
It is classified as a fruity-animalic chypre fragrance for women. It begins with a fruity, spicy top, followed by a narcotic floral heart, resting on a sultry, sensual base.
- Top notes: aldehydes, prune, peach, bergamot, nutmeg, coriander, violet, cardamom, angelica
- Middle notes: lily of the valley, mirabelle plum, narcissus, carnation, jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, honey
- Base notes: resin, leather, musk, vanilla, sandalwood, amber, oakmoss, civet, patchouli, castoreum, cedar vetiver
I have a large bottle of this vintage perfume and I think it s very delightful. I would describe this as a sensuous blend of aldehydic floral notes and rich mossy undertones. The vibrant top is rich with bergamot, ylang and modern aldehydes. The smooth yet slightly spicy midsection is enlivened by a classic combination of rose, muguet and jasmine. Nuances of carnation, laced with coriander and nutmeg create a signature note that is present at every phase. The undertones are a complex blend of musks, mosses and resins, each harmoniously tuned to highlight the warmth and richness of cedarwood, patchouli, sandalwood and vetiver.
The perfume was discontinued in 1986. Have you ever smelled it? Do you like it?