WHAT I SMELL: Sandor 70’s completes a kick-start with a quick blast of bergamot that soon melds into a wonderfully warm floral suede. The florals then move to the more herbal with a clary sage note that is front and center. The perfume is smooth and incredibly engaging. Neither feminine nor masculine, the perfume defies a label. As the perfume continues to develop, it really begins to project and a dry woody timbre pushes out a light powder. Continuing on, a smoky note appears along with a dry vetiver, but as soon as I write that, the dryness makes way for a buttery vanilla. Here, the perfume is simply sublime as it fills the air with a rich, sophisticated suede that feels like it’s coming from a well of nature. It’s not dirty, nor heavy, instead, the perfume feels earthy and grounded and nostalgic. As it continues to unfold, the tobacco and the leather mix in a swirl of wafting smoke. Here, the dirt from the cobblestone streets meet the soles of the well-worn shoes that walk them.
From the Carner Barcelona website:
inspiration: “At the crest of upper Barcelona once a place to see and be seen, an iconic bar where the smoke of cigars flirted with the aristocratic leather armchairs…”
top notes – Suede Accord, Italian bergamot, Vintage Jasmin absolute, Chinese osmanthus absolute, Bulgarian rose essence
mid notes – Tobacco Accord, Clary sage absolute, Virginian cedar wood, Peru balsam, Mexican vanilla extract
base notes – Spanish leather accord, Patchouli essence, Vetyver essence, Ethiopian frankincense extract, Oak moss absolute
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: Your favorite pair of well-worn leather/suede sandals. So comfortable, like an old friend.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SANDOR 70’s: vintage, careworn, comfortable
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT SANDOR 70’s: Fragrance Daily
BOTTOM LINE: Part of the new Black Collection, Sandor 70’s is my favorite among the three perfumes in the line. Here, the nod to nostalgia is done perfectly and makes this a leather perfume that’s perfect for those who don’t like their leather over the top.
- Bone Rating: 4 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Leather
- Classification: Unisex
- Expense: $220 for 50 ml eau de parfum