The Scented Hound

Abbreviated perfume & fragrance reviews from one man's perspective

Vintage Molinard de Molinard

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Flacon Molinard de Molinard

WHAT I SMELL:  Molinard de Molinard’s opening is all smoke and incense on top of bergamot and a muted fruit.  This is quite the contradiction in notes, but somehow it really works and makes the kick off incredibly interesting.  After around 5 minutes the florals start to brush away the smoke and incense (but not too much though) to reveal a rather bright undercurrent filled with my favorites, ylang-ylang and rose (somehow that combination always seems to work for me).  The fragrance is quite large and at times seems more fruity than floral but the one consistent is the veil of incense that seems to glide and move around the other notes.  There’s a strange mix of cool and warmth with this; the base is warm but there is this sheered gauze above that seems to be a bit cooler.  This is one of the fragrances that when sniffed you can feel the movement of the molecules running under your nostrils.  As the fragrance begins to settle, the movement dies down and the incense calms to a whisper and the fragrance becomes golden warmth.  It’s incredibly sensuous and very womanly, a real radiant beauty.  After a few hours, you’re left with a lightly sweetened fruity comforting dream.

Molinard de Molinard notes via Fragrantica:

Top notes are black currant, fruity notes, green notes, asafoetida, lemon, bergamot and cassis; middle notes are jasmine, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, Bulgarian rose and narcissus; base notes are labdanum, amber, musk, vetiver, incense and patchouli.

Myrna LoyWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  Beautiful and mysterious, like an early 1930s Myrna Loy when she was still playing “exotics” prior to becoming a star.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE MOLINARD DE MOLINARD:  mysterious, sensuous, radiant

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MOLINARD DE MOLINARD Post Modern Perfume (the only review I could find and which was based on the EdT version which was a very different experience from my Parfum Extrait version)

BOTTOM LINE:  I found this little 7.5ml beauty at an estate sale and only wish that I had more.  I don’t wear it often, but when I do, I always ask myself, why I don’t.  Part of it is that I hide it away in a cabinet like a precious jewel that I just don’t ever want to lose.  Oh, and what a little jewel it is…the bottle is an exquisite Lalique beauty.

  • Bone Rating: 4.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent: Fruity Floral
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense: Varied for vintage. Review based on the Parfum Extrait version.

Author: The Scented Hound

Just a normal guy with the nose of a beagle!

14 thoughts on “Vintage Molinard de Molinard

  1. I’ve tried EDT version from the 80s but never had a chance to try the vintage extrait. I kind of liked the EDT but it didn’t stand out; it was one of those “it’s OK and pleasant but…” I wish I could have a sniff of the Parfum Extrait.
    By the way, the particular photo of Myrna Loy above jumped out on me as soon as I opened the page and somehow I misread the word “exotics” as “exorcist”. 😀

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    • You seriously made me laugh out loud with that last comment. She does rather look like she needs an exorcist in that pic. I do have the feeling that there is a big different between the EdT and the extrait given the other review that I have a link to which described this as completely green. I didn’t get that at all. And maybe it has to do with the vintage as well. In any case, I love what I have in my hands 🙂

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  2. What a find! I am quite jealous of your estate finds. Make sure you keep the cap on tight on this one. This past New Year, I was in Nice and stumbled upon the Molinard boutique but alas, everything they had were of modern vintage. I got there close to closing time so could not linger but I happened to notice a room where perfume making classes are held. Great review but it is more difficult to lemming a vintage perfume 🙂

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  3. Dearest Hound
    Jealous, insanely so, of both bottle and contents.
    Is there anyone in their right mind who wouldn’t at least want to know what it feels like to smell like ‘early Myrna Loy’!
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

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  4. What a gorgeous bottle! I have tried some incarnation of this – possibly a more recent one, I sense – and though my memory of Molinard by Molinard is a bit fuzzy, your review brought it back to me. Big, radiant and fruity is definitely ringing a bell. 😉 Lucky find indeed!

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  5. So lovely to see a review on one of my all time favorites and well kept secret…I wore the EDT in the early 80s and the red box as the bottle were stunning…great review!

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  6. The Parfum Extrait was one of the few extravagances of my early 20s. I bought that first precious, tiny bottle at Nordstrom in 1982. What a gorgeous scent it was! And how I mourn that it’s been reformulated beyond recognition.

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