Coty Fatale – a gem lost in the past

I don’t know how long past that would be as the information I found says it came out in 1988. So some years after that – I’m pretty sure it was around for a while.

As I’m on a floral search, I decided to give better attention to some of the (vintage) bottles I acquired past year (most through Posse swapmania so you can imagine I’m looking forward to the next one).

One of the things that I got is a bottle of Coty Fatale, a perfume you would be hard-pressed to find much information on (not the case as it seems with other Coty perfumes).
That is something I find very strange because this one is so wonderful. It’s exactly the type of floral I was looking for. It makes me smile broadly just writing this. 😀 It also makes me wonder if at the time of its release, it was so similar to other florals out there that it went completely unnoticed…

Notes: top green notes, jasmine, honeysuckle, gardenia, tuberose, rose, carnation, narcissus, sandalwood, musk, amber, oakmoss

Even the notes convey what I wanted in my floral. Though, honestly, I can’t really talk about the notes I smelled. It’s a floral bouquet in the manner of what I keep thinking as lost perfumes. They just don’t make them as such anymore.

I do want to to give you an idea what it smells like so I’m going to try my best.

For me it opens with a perfume variant of a floral bouquet, that is at the same time lightly sweet and sharp – like you’re getting a bit too much flowers at the first sniff but just bordering on too much. My guess is the sharpness is due to the green notes as in a while it subsides to general floralness in which I would lie when I said I smell particular flowers but I can trace the fact that they are there.
You see, there is some of the rose sharpness you can find in Paestum Rose, there is also underlying intoxation provided by the lush white florals and the rest are reminiscent of the most fragrant seaside floral bushes.
It’s an incredible floral feast for the senses.
And the best thing? It stays close to the skin and remains there for half a day at least. I didn’t try it, but I want to spray it lavishly all over me just so my skin would retain that smell all day long.

The drydown is of course the least floral of the whole perfume but trying to describe it wouldn’t give you an accurate idea. I can see where sandalwood and amber come as the drydown notes  (not really musk and oakmoss) but the best I can some up with is creamy, lightly-floral sandalwood finish.

The whole perfume is just so exquisitely blended for me, it cannot but continue into the drydown.

One of the conclusions I got from this is that even when I’m not enthusiastic about some perfumes the moment I test them, I know I should keep them because I can recognize that there might come a time when they will fit me as a glove (or a type of garment I might wear more).
This one is one of those and I cannot say how happy it makes me feel to smell it.

So, as I have a bottle of this and I believe other people should get to know it and possibly love it, the first two people who state their interest in the comments for this vintage floral will get a little decant.

I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy it. 🙂

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20 thoughts on “Coty Fatale – a gem lost in the past

  1. Asali May 14, 2011 at 19:29 Reply

    Dear Ines, that sounds just lovely. Would it be very terrible of me to say that I am very interested in trying this? I might too very soon have something you need to have on the floral front, but more of that another time 🙂


  2. Diana May 14, 2011 at 20:57 Reply

    I'm totally in! Would love to try it. 🙂


  3. Michael May 14, 2011 at 21:51 Reply

    Ines, this was a lovely review and very evocative and well written. Thank you!


  4. olfacta May 14, 2011 at 22:00 Reply

    I collect the old Cotys but have never heard of this one! Wonder why that is — I was SO impressed with Le Rose Jacqueminot, now am very curious about this one!


  5. Ines May 14, 2011 at 22:10 Reply

    Dear J, I'm glad it sounds interesting to you as you'd get some in any case. :)So, a decant will be finding its way to you.


  6. Ines May 14, 2011 at 22:11 Reply

    Diana, well then, please send your address and I'll send some over. 🙂


  7. Undina May 14, 2011 at 22:11 Reply

    I had my own "They just don't make them as such anymore." yesterday with another vintage perfume. It is soooo sad.


  8. Ines May 14, 2011 at 22:13 Reply

    Michael, thank you!As I'm going to offer some to Olfacta now, I want to ask if you would be interested in trying this one as well (as you did comment a bit sooner)?If so, please email me your address. 🙂


  9. Ines May 14, 2011 at 22:15 Reply

    Olfacta, I was very surprised when I realized there isn't really much information regarding this Coty – I have no idea how come it passed under the radar.But as you collect Coty perfumes, I would be happy to send some over and hear your thoughts on it. :)Will you email me your address?


  10. Ines May 14, 2011 at 22:16 Reply

    Undina, I couldn't agree more. I'm reminded of that almost every time I try a vintage perfume.


  11. Asali May 15, 2011 at 14:14 Reply

    Ines, you are such a sweetheart 🙂


  12. May 15, 2011 at 21:52 Reply

    I am glad you found something that makes you so happy!


  13. JoanElaine May 15, 2011 at 23:05 Reply

    OH NO! Another Coty to add to my list!! I'm so glad you found a floral to love, Ines! Fatale sounds great.


  14. Ines May 16, 2011 at 12:31 Reply

    Thank you Olfactoria. That is why we all try and try perfumes – it can make you so happy finding a perfect one.


  15. Ines May 16, 2011 at 12:32 Reply

    Thanks JoanElaine! Btw, it seems I'm late to the Coty love, I didn't realize there was such a Coty following out there.Now, I need to find more of them to smell. 🙂


  16. flavourfanatic May 16, 2011 at 20:56 Reply

    This sounds like such a lovely fragrance!


  17. Ines May 17, 2011 at 14:17 Reply

    Flavourfanatic, it really is lovely. 🙂


  18. ChickenFreak May 19, 2011 at 07:17 Reply

    Ooh. Ooh. The notes list sounds perfect. Your description sounds lovely. Also, Ooh.


  19. Ines May 19, 2011 at 11:53 Reply

    CF, the notes are great and best thing is that they are so seamlessly blended.


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