Alexandra deMarkoff • Enigma • Fragrances
|Would buy this product again.||75%|
Age: 36-43 Skin: Very Oily, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
I scored a full, vintage (1980s) bottle of the Enigma bath/body perfume oil from my mom's recent closet-cleaning. Remembered it vaguely from the '80s as a warm, jasmine-y, musky, spicy, boozy concoction that was completely inappropriate for a teenager; twenty years later, as a full-scale woman, I discovered that it is very sexy!
I cannot speak to the current formulation of Enigma, which can be had on eBay or the online perfume retailers, but my precious 2 ounce bottle of oil is a winter-time winner. Lovely basenotes of high-quality jasmine and vanilla and soft, powdery aldehyde notes, but with the addition of syrupy gorgeous spices. If you like the oldies but goodies, this is a real masterpiece.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
This rating is for the original Enigma, of over 30 years ago. I wore this & Alexandria in my early twenties. I used to wear them combined & separately & they were very sexy & exotic. Now, I smelled them, and they smell more synthetic & cheapened, but if you didn't smell the originals, you would probably like them. I cannot wear something that I know was fabulous, and that have been "tweaked", and still wear it.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination Hair: Silver Eyes: Hazel
I love this perfume even though my favorite is Alexandra (see my review). Enigma is classified as a floral, true oriental although I originally wrote this review calling this a chypre which is the way it was described on a perfume website I checked out first. So, I apologize for the incorrect information but since I don't have the nose to determine what's in a perfume (as I've mentioned in many of my reviews), I have to rely on information from others and this time I passed on incorrect information. Every perfume website I've checked, other than the first one, describes Enigma as a modern blend of florals: rose, iris, and jasmine, with amber and spice middle notes, and a musk, vanilla, and sandlewood drydown. I don't know what all this means but I do know that it all adds up to a wonderful fragrance that on me is soft, powdery, sensual, spicy, and elegant. Both Alexandra and Enigma smell classy and expensive although they are priced much less than many others these days. They can be hard to find (try Von Maur, one of the internet perfume sites, or eBay) but they are definitely worth searching for.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Other, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Enigma lives up to its name by defying all descriptions. It's a chypre, a floral, an oriental, it's old school, it's timeless and a bit mysterious.
I have the bath oil dabbed as a fragrance. If you like Mitsouko, Femme Rochas, Boudoir, Private Collection, Heure Exquise, Parure, or Vol de Nuit, you might like Enigma.