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7 months ago

Warm and creamy, like a slightly richer version of the Avon Soft Musk. Avon itself claim its similar to Sweet Honesty, which was its replacement. I'm not a generic musk fan so its hard for me to judge the scent. A big shoutout though for the quality of Avon's vintage packaging. So luxurious, so much prettier and nicer quality than you can get today. It looks and feels substantial and expensive compared to even high end perfumes. To contrast, I brought the pricey Miu Miu Eau de Parfum recently. It comes in a powder blue painted bottle which looks similar to the Vintage Avon Bird of Paradise. And what do you know? The Miu Mui paint is beginning to chip everywhere and the bottle already looks shabby. My Avon Bird of Paradise bottle, that precious glowing jewel looks as What used to pass for luxury goods is now cheap fast fashion (with not so cheap price tags).

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Age36-43

SkinSensitive, Fair, Warm

HairBlond, Wavy, Fine

EyesBlue



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5 years ago

I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I do. For lovers of vintage fragrance in the bracing opening. This reminds me of vintage Miss Dior or Aliage, but in the fast evolving dry down, easier and more mellow to wear. It was created in 1969, around the same time as EL Azuree and Guerlain Chamade. Reads on my skin as sharp vintage style green chypre moss opening. I have read that Greene chypres don't age well. It opens sharply, but if your bottle is uber skunky, then perhaps it has turned or spoiled. Dry down is relatively gentle, clear skin scent evocative of expensive perfumed luxury hotel soap of my childhood. Dry down is soapy not powdery. Not as powdery old fashioned as, for example, cotillion. Not noticeably floral. It reminds me of vintage dab of youth dew bath oil. (I would only use YD in vintage bath oil form, not the perfume). For me, it is gently sweet in the dry down, but not in your face, amber or gourmand. I don't think it's much like Miss Balmain because miss Balmain has a more spicy carnation, which somehow makes it warmer in my lexicon. . . I have not tried vintage Dioressence, but I think it was mentioned in Emperor of scent, where it was inspired by was a cheap Miss Dior inspired functional airplane soap product plus ambergris? Note: I have to retest vintage Vol de nuit extrait, but I am wondering if it is similar to this. It is my opinion that the guerlain EdP versions of the old vintage greats (before the theirry wasser re-engineered oakmoss etc) amplified the sweet powdery aspects of the dry down (most clearly in LHB). This doesn't have the exaggerated throat parching powderiness. Bird of paradise notes: for some reason, I cannot find the composition on basenotes or fragrantica. My particular bottle is relatively dark, but it seems to have held up well. Vol de nuit notes: classified as a balsamic green oriental chypre 1933: bergamot, Galbanum, petit grain; oak moss, daffodil/narcissus; jasmine; sandalwood, orris root/iris, amber, benzoin, castoreum. Miss dior vintage 1947: bergamot, Galbanum, clary sage, aldehydes; jasmine, orris root, narcissus, LOTV, carnation, rose; oakmoss, sandalwood, laudanum, leather, amber, patchouli, vetiver, vanilla nuit de noel vintage extrait (soft oriental chypre) is still head and shoulder above this in it's darkness, but perhaps NdN EdT in the faux stingray bottle which I think very highly of): original formulation was supposedly rose absolue, jasmine, ylang, LOTV, vetiver, amber, iris, plus Mousse de Saxe plus sandalwood. Mousse de sax was geranium anise leather iodine and vanillin. Note: I think both. Caron and Guerlain famously used an adulterated, impure vanillin in their original formulations. BoP, Possibly one of my favorite avons. I retested again: one dab of BofP on the left arm; one dab of miss dior EdC, this time not the black and white checked bottle of older EdC, but rather the later edition glass vertically ribbed bottle with gilt cap and atomizer (I think from the 1980s). The opening of the BdP is more pungent and transition into the dry down (a matter of 5-15 minutes) is a touch more camphorous and green herbal. The later version of vintage Miss dior (is less funky and more delicate and mellow than the older black and white checked bottle). The older vintage version of miss dior is more biting Galbanum than either the later, still vintage miss dior or the BdP. But I think BdP comes closest to Miss dior. I got my adorable frosted glass caterpillar of BdP with screw on gilt top for maybe 3.99 usd for 1/8 ounce. Vintage Miss Dior EdC isn't pricy either.

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Age44-55

SkinCombination, Olive, Warm

HairBrunette, Straight, Medium

EyesBrown


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11 years ago

Vintage style fragrance, very 'French'. Reminds me of the Prince Matchabelli's. Pretty, formal floral with those faintly ringing aldehydes that make me think of vintage French perfumes.

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Age36-43

SkinCombination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

HairBrunette, Other, Fine

EyesBrown


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11 years ago

This is another one of my favorite 'ole time Avon smells. I think this fragrance first come out in the early 70's. I still have a bottle and it is still just as good as it was when I first bought it. I wear it sometimes just for 'ole time sakes, but since I cannot get it anymore, I save it for rare times. I still have some of the designer bottles when it made it's first appearance in the Avon line. They are empty now but, I re-purchased it in one of the cheaper looking bottles a long time back when Avon had a redo of some of the older smells. This is a wonderful fragrance that brings to mind the cool trade winds of the Hawaiian Islands. It does have a bit of spice in the mix but it is also has a hint of tropical flowers. It is not overly sweet, but it does have a smell unique unto it's self. Makes me wonder why Avon does not bring back more of the 'ole smells. Glad to hear you can still find it around.

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Age56 & Over

SkinDry, Medium

HairBrunette

EyesGreen


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14 years ago

I ran into a bottle of this at a resale shop, and now think I should have bought it. I tried a little on my wrist and got an impression of chypre and spices. Very nice for those that love chypres, it's just that I have enough right now. Gorgeous bottle in the style of a ming vase. Update: I bought the EDC, powder and a solid parfum. It sort of reminds me of vintage Dioressence, one of my all time favorites. Raising the lippies to 4, if I could, would give it 4.5. Nice drydown and staying power. Next time I see this, I most definitely will not pass it up!

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Age36-43

SkinNormal, Fair, Neutral

HairBrunette, Wavy, Fine

EyesGreen


4.0
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14 years ago

To me, Bird of Paradise smells of Christmas spices! This is rather like a less concentrated form of Cinnabar. Very pretty for fall. And at such low prices you won't feel guilty spraying it on! Another one of Avon's classic fragrances they discontinued. This is one that smells great on fabric too.

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Age25-29

SkinCombination, Fair, Cool

HairBrunette, Wavy, Fine

EyesHazel