People who love classic old-school chypres should check out this reissue, which does justice to the chypres of the past. Everything you want is here: aldehydes, florals, moss, leather, soap. It reminds me a bit of Norell but smoother. It is very well blended and probably less aggressive than the older fragrances, but anyone who finds vintage chypres to be too musty, soapy, and old-fashioned probably won't like this. While I enjoy smelling it, I tend to prefer more modern-smelling fragrances (Parfumerie Generale's Corps et Ames comes to mind as an even more updated take on this kind of perfume).
This review is for the reintroduced 2006 La Collection version. I just had to write a review in order to say: this perfume dries down to smell just like a pot of brewed Japanese green tea, like Sencha or Bancha or Gyokuro. I'm talking about the real green tea - not the mass market kind in tea bags, but the actual traditional looseleaf, richly green, spiky needles that are steeped for 3 minutes. This prepared green tea broth is known for smelling very vegetal and kelpy and Sikkim smells very similar to this, in my opinion. This is just my impression, please don't judge me, Sikkim lovers!
As GlamDiva wrote, there is definitely basil in the composition, or at least a combination of ingredients that results in a sweet green note to my nose. Gorgeous scent, very complicated and surely very different from the Sikkim my mum wore in the 80's. I like this one more, it is sharper, crispier and leaves a long"veil". A perfume that leaves the room hours after you've left, or so I was told. There is nothing synthetic about it, and it is an Olde School fragrance - perfumey, rich..
As another reviewer has commented below, this is classified into the oriental category, but to me this is a classic, well grounded excellent chypre.
Like many chypres, it starts off with the typical combination of cold aldheydes and bergamot.
Then you get the classic flowers jasmine (not sweet here!) narcissus and carnation, rose and ylang.
A green (typical of chypres) notes is detectable also in the drydown (moss, vetiver)
The base is indolic (castoreum), warm (amber, soft leather) and sexy (patchouli).
The combination is sophisticated, classy but sexy at the same time. It has a vibe and I can see very well how this frag would be a hit in the seventies, when it was created.
VC&A First, Calèche and Arpège lovers will love Sikkim.
Incredible staying power and a lot of sillage.
A must try.
Excellent fragrance, and I must say The Collection by Lancome is a series of great fragrances of the past, brought to our noses again some years ago; pity is that they do not put anymore the same effort in all the other frags they launch for the mass market, that are far below as per quality.
aldehydes, ylang ylang, bergamot, galbanum, gardenia, thujone, carnation, jasmine, narcissus, orris, rose, amber, castoreum, leather, moss, patchouli and vetiver. continued >>
I get more of a light clean basil from Sikkim, akin to JM Lime Basil Mandarin.
This scent, described by Lancome as a floral-oriental, was first released by Lancome in 1971. The scent is meant to evoke a vision of an oriental princess looking out over her spendid garden. Notes of ylang-ylang and jasmine drift languidly over a base of oakmoss and galbanum.
This scent is really lovely, but the oakmoss makes it feel more chypre-ish than strictly oriental. The opening is light and tinged with green. For a few seconds, it reminds me faintly of other scents from around that general time period(late '60s - 1970s) such as Ivoire, Florissa, Calandre or even Cristalle. However, this slightly green/aldehydic quality blends swiftly into hints of light floral mixed with something more exotic and earthy, and the resemblance to other scents just drops away as Sikkim comes into its own.
Though the floral notes remain strong enough to give this scent a light feeling, the somewhat mossy base lends it an exotic and sensual quality that is irresistible. This scent doesn't completely sweep me off my feet to the degree others by Lancome (such as Magie, 2000 et Une Rose or even O de Lancome) have, but my 4 rating here should really be more of a 4.5. Sikkim really is a treasure. continued >>