Paco Rabanne Calandre: A Vintage Style Mossy Treat


The first time I tried Paco Rabanne Calandre I wrote it off as smelling of celery.  It was only afterwards that I made the realisation that I was wearing Caron Yatagan on the other wrist and that it had coloured my view.

I tried Calandre again recently and was so glad that I gave it a second chance. With its mossy, green opening bursting with Aldehydes and bedding down into a powdery chypre, it has a definite 70s vibe to it. In fact, after about half an hour it smelled as if Guerlain made it.

Trying Guerlain Chamade on the other arm (more of which very soon), I could see definite similarities. There is a prickly, woody base to both of them, beautifully softened by powdery edges.

Calandre opens with Aldehydes, Roses and Bergamot, smelling not unlike Coty L’Aimant.  However Calandre is greener and the green notes stay true right through to the end.  The Bergamot keep it sharp, but it’s the Oakmoss, Amber and Vetiver that makes this deeply impressive in the last act.

This smells exactly like the kind of perfume my grandmother would have worn in 70s.  Its elegant, smart, wears a brooch and always has a mint and a clean handkerchief in its bag.  Although it is rumoured to have been discontinued, it is still available in Amazon UK for around £70 for 100ml and on for around $70. (prices subject to change).


6 thoughts on “Paco Rabanne Calandre: A Vintage Style Mossy Treat”

  1. Dearest Iscent
    I’m still laughing at Yatagan (which I adore) being so potent as to obliterate the none too backward in coming forward Calandre.
    I’ve been meaning to get a bottle of this for a while, this elegant review has tipped me over the edge.
    Looking forward to hearing your view on Chamade.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy
    PS What happens on 1 January? Please tell us you don’t disappear or turn into a pumpkin!

    1. Dear Mr Dabdy

      Yes indeed, Yatagan reminds me of my jealous cats. No room for anything else!

      Regarding the blog, I can’t seem to stop! Although I will have my work cut out to reach 365 by 2nd Jan. Do you think my readers would forgive me if it was only about 320?

      Your Friend

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