From the House that brought us Fracas and Bandit comes this Autumnal Oriental Aldehydic treat.
I can’t pretend to know if this Baghari is better than the vintage, as I haven’t smelled it, but the 2006 certainly smells very vintage, with an old fashioned powdery finish and a cosy depth that you won’t find on any modern perfume counter.
In fact, I found Robert Piguet Baghari to have aspects of Coty L’Aimant with its aldehydic opening and rich, creamy finish. It also smells a little similar to the fabulous, much mourned Avon Timeless- a powdery Oriental so good that Avon doesn’t want you to have it anymore. Baghari also has some notes in common with a current cold-day favourite of mine: Lanvin Arpege. All in all, since I love all three of the perfumes it resembles, Robert Piguet Baghari is a rather marvellous little treasure.
Top notes are Aldehydes, Bergamot and Orange Blossom
Middle notes are: Rose, Jasmine, Iris and Violet
Basenotes are Amber, Musk, Vetiver and Vanilla.
Out of the notes listed on Fragrantica, I would say the Aldehydes, Jasmine, Rose, Amber and Vetiver stand out more than others. I did not detect any Violet (shame) nor any Iris (hurrah!), but the overall combination of notes is delightful.
The difference between this and Arpege is that firstly, Baghari lacks the Peachyness of Arpege (which I could do without, but I overlook it in this case) and secondly: the fact that Baghari has a sort of dried fruit finish. The Aldehydes never seem to leave, and if you add the touch of Jasmine to Amber and Vetiver, it leaves an almost sherry-like afterglow, which is far from unpleasant.
Purists would say this isn’t a patch on the vintage, but I say hurrah for a 2006 refurb that smells like it should only be worn whilst doing the Charleston and using a cigarette holder.
By the way, Baghari is very expensive at around £104 for 100ml, so if you are rich in spirit but poor of purse, treat yourself to some L’Aimant or a drop of Arpege instead. Much more reasonably priced and not a bad sub as subs go.