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Friday, June 12, 2009

Aftelier Cassis: Perfume Review

In Russian, when something has started to ferment and turn into an alcoholic beverage, we say that it забродило (zabrodilo), literally -wandered off. The blackcurrant in Mandy Aftel's Cassis has definitely wandered off from the innocent dacha of my childhood and into places where my mama entreated me never to go.

Corrupted with rum, smoke and spice, this is not your granny's blackcurrant jam. Drunken, dissolute, debauched, this is currant gone bad, really, really bad. As always, when a note in perfume "goes bad", in a sense that it acquires this boozy, very ripe, husky quality, I go right after it. Aftelier's Cassis makes me think of an unknown liquor...which I would very much like to know...if rum was distilled from berries and not molasses, this is what it would smell like...add to that thick, piquant, sweet fragrance the aroma of old oak barrels...stored in a dark a house of someone your mama wouldn't want you to know...and you have an idea of Aftelier Cassis.

To smell it for yourself, luckily (?) you don't have to visit mechant loup in his lair. Cassis is available at, Henri Bendel, Blunda and Suendhaft, $150.00 for 1/4oz.

Image, by Carter Smith, is from art+commerce.

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Blogger Alyssa said...

Oh MY. I am going to have to go give this a sniff.

And I love your new photo!

12:04 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

I'll be at Blunda pronto...

12:24 AM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Count me in on this one, wow! I love cassis anyway, and a version like this would be just perfect.

1:19 AM EDT  
Blogger Beth Schreibman Gehring said...

I fell in love with this at Bendels last October and I bought the bottle. Alas, it has never smelled that good again:( It was wonderful in the store, but who knows....It just smells of soap on me now. But, i keep hoping!

1:22 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I hope Bendels still carries Aftelier. And thank you!!

8:42 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I think that if you are destined to love a fruity scent, this is the one.

8:42 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Apparently, I love cassis too. ALways am drawn to it in perfume.

8:43 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Oh I am sorry. I hope it changes its mind and starts working for you again.

8:44 AM EDT  
Blogger chayaruchama said...

Oh, my.
I DO love cassis-
Like you, I'm drawn to it, in perfume.
And drink.
And and and.

8:52 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

And jam...and jam on blinis...and and and :-)))

8:55 AM EDT  
Blogger Beth Schreibman Gehring said...

Oh I am starving.......

10:33 AM EDT  
Blogger annunziata said...

De-lurking after months of reading your exquisitely written blog. Just yesterday I was suddenly craving the scent of cassis, so this is all very synchronistic and bad for my wallet! Can't wait to try this, and what a marvellous review.

12:24 PM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

I love it when fruit goes bad in perfumes! Almost a guarantee I'll like the scent. And I do indeed love Cassis - it's tied w/ Cognac as my fave scents from her line.

1:17 PM EDT  
Anonymous Lavanya said...

oooh yum!(My first reaction was ooh My- but since the first comment I read said almost exactly that, I felt compelled to change This sounds like something I *have* to try..soo many lemmings..*sigh*

2:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I salivate whenever you upload one of your delicious photos on facebook :-)

3:46 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Welcome! And thank you very much for your kind words!

3:47 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

How about Tango?

3:47 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You definitely have to try it. and then to report!

3:47 PM EDT  
Blogger Tammy said...

Now I am craving a Kir Royale! And yet another bottle of perfume...

7:18 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Me too and me too :-)

7:40 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



When I was a child my Nana used to bring little tins of Grether's black currant pastilles back from trips "abroad". She kept them in the her dresser drawer & sometimes when I was lucky I'd get one as a special treat. I've love anything black currant ever since. Boozy, smoky black currant gone wrong sounds fabulous.

11:21 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

And I want a pastille now. *sigh* No more posts about gourmand scents. ;-)

10:04 AM EDT  

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