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Launched: 1999 - discontinued
Group: Oriental Woody
I'm going through a phase of loving cinnamon in fragrances at the moment so my attention turned to testing Organza Indecence, a lot less known, limited edition and now discontinued sister fragrance of Givency's Organza I own a miniature of.
The design of Organza - the hourglass figure wearing a night gown made of organza - has changed. The figure is now almost naked with the sheer material floating around her. Not very original but certainly drives the point home for the name - Organza Indecence - though I can't really see the point for the juice itself, more about it later. The outer packaging is similar which now comes in black, blue and golden colors keeping the oriental motive. The stopper cap is the well-known Greek column head motive.
Top notes: patchouli
The first, opening note of Organza to my nose is a dry and woody amber. The woody note in Organza Indecence is accompanied by a creamy undertone of sandalwood and vanilla, layered over the same boozy prune note I detect in Shisheido's Feminite du Bois that also has a cedarwood top note creating a similar feel for the two fragrances minus the vanillic amber.
Heart notes: plum, cinnamon
A few minutes later I get a delicious, dry and woody cinnamon note with a little bit more vanilla. True to the original Organza, the scent never becomes gourmand or too foody, the dry, elegant and somewhat masculine woods carry the main theme. The main difference is in complexity and the complete lack of florals to my joy. The cinnamon note was detectable for about 2 - 3 hours. Overall, this phase lasted up to 5 - 6 hours.
Base notes: amber, musk
The final notes of the fragrance have morphed into a dry and woody phase of amber. There's an undoubtedly vanilla undertone too though it never becomes dominant. The ambery scent could be described as a sweet, grainy and woody aroma.
I'd compare the amber here to the amber in of Agent Provocateur's Strip that has that pinch of sexiness mixed with the elegant and somewhat formal woodiness of Organza. The ambery phase was detectable for a good 3 hours. Overall, the fragrance is surprisingly subtle and calm for an oriental, it is noticeable but gentle. It will last up to 10 hours starting with a moderate application.
I obviously like Organza Indecence better than the original Organza but that may be due to fact that Organza is a classic floral oriental with an emphasis on the florals and woods as opposed to a more linear, warmer and spicier oriental I'm actively looking for at the moment. Contrary to its name, Organza Indecence has nothing outrageous or indecent about it. It is a lovely, warm and comforting oriental fragrance that's a bit sensual too due to the amber.
My mom loves and has been wearing Organza for a long time and she recognised it straight away as I walked into the room wearing Organza Indecence! I mainly see how different the two are. They are sisters but Organza Indecence has a more prominent, skin-caressing, creamy and soft ambery note to it and a complete lack of floral notes.
I'm happy I got my hands on this gem, a rare pleasure amongst my many miniatures, that's at the same time classic, refined and timeless. It's less elegant and dressed up as Organza, it's more like a cosy sweater you wear near a fireplace on cold winter evenings. It has been reintroduced - reformulated! - under the name of Les Parfums Mythiques - Organza Indecence by Givenchy in 2007. I eagerly wait for a sample to compare the two.
I wish the original Organza Indecence was still in production.
Recommended for serious fashionistas and collectors alike.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Rare and discontinued, will only likely to be found on Ebay.
5ml miniature Eau de Parfum £5 - £10
30ml - 100ml Eau de Parfum £40 - £90
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