Of delirious days and daffodils……… The Perfumed Dandy’s Fragrant Forum 

Well, stap me vitals!

Please do excuse The Dandy‘s absence these last few days.

This week has not so much flown by, as passed in a near psychedelic whirl.

Several cities, the first hints of spring, much art, meeting up with old friends and new and then a certain Saint’s Day…

Indeed, yesterday, the 1st of March, was St David’s Day.

And St David is, bien sur, the patron saint of the land of The Dandy’s fathers… Wales.

Cue much eating of lamb, communal singing, wearing (and consuming) of leeks and… acres of daffodils.


To assist with this sacred celebration and welcome The Dandy back to the fold could you assist with this week’s forum…

Do you have a favourite narcissus or yellow floral fragrance?

Which saffron coloured scent takes your fancy and why?

Can’t wait to hear your recommendations and be bathed in the aroma of my national flower for a little longer.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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20 responses to “Of delirious days and daffodils……… The Perfumed Dandy’s Fragrant Forum 

  1. I’m a fan of cassie, for they are delicately powdery, warm and almondy.

  2. Sheri

    I’m fond of Patricia de Nicolai’s Le Temps d’une Fete, which is a narcissus scent – if you haven’t tried it, you should!
    Fondly, Sheri

    • Dearest Sheri
      I’ve been impressed by practically everything I’ve tried by Patricia de Nicolai… so that leads me to the conclusion that Le Temps d’Une Fete is my fate for this week.
      Oh how the Dandy loves a pun (almost as much as a perfume recommendation).
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  3. Lilybelle

    The best specifically daffodil/narcissus scent I’ve ever sampled was L’Artisan’s Fleur de Narcisse. I have a sample of Le Temps d’une Fete somewhere, but I can’t remember whether or not I liked it. Narcisse Noir does not sit well with me for some reason. I loathed Tom Ford’s Jonquil fragrance. Je Reviens has a narcissus note and I ADORE Je Reviens. I also get narcissus in Caron’s Infini. That one smells like a gorgeous spring bouquet. Chloe Narcisse = BIG sweet floral, but I sort of like it, even though I can’t wear it.

    • Dearest Lily
      What a profusion to welcome The Dandy back to the web!
      Now, do L’Artisan still make Fleur de Narcisse, I can’t recall seeing it for a while?!?! I will look with new eyes.
      Jonquil, now am I mistaken or wasn’t that once a brand of washing up detergent or gloves or something of the sort… bright yellow in colour. Whatever, the name and the scent jarred with the me too. Though Narcisse Noir I love, such a counterpoint in Caron’s canon to Infini and proof positive to those who say that everything this house does smells the same are talking hoot.
      Je Reviens… The Dandy doesn’t have any vintage, but I do have the ‘Couture’ version that was produced a few years ago and it is lovely. But also, by association with all those wartime sweethearts, rather sad.
      A real bunch of daffodils for The Dandy to consider.
      I do thank you.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  4. Lilybelle

    p.s. Happy Belated St. David’s Day, Mr. Dandy! Bendithion i chi ar Ddydd Gŵyl Dewi. Caru chi!

  5. Nena

    I love Narcisse Noir! I have yet to actually own a bottle of it, though.

    • Dearest Nena
      The Dandy’s very fond of Narcisse Noir too, to say the least. Well worth investing in a bottle I should say. Like most of Caron’s great perfume’s it belongs to another age, and none, so will never be either in or out of fashion!
      Most importantly, it smells heavenly.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  6. SallyM

    A very happy belated St David’s Day to The Dandy! Our daffs and narcissi are about 4″ above ground at the moment – I can hardly wait for them to bloom!
    I don’t think L’Artisan still make F de N – if my brain cells are functioning properly, I seem to recall that they only made a limited number of bottles – 3000?? – but am not sure when. It seems like at least 5 years ago. I do have a wee bit left in a decant and its lovely to be sure. I too like Le Temps d’une Fete and Narcisse Noir. Tom Ford J de N – meh.
    Vol de Nuit and Samara, both of which I adore, are supposed to have narcissus in the top and middle notes respectively, but I cant pick them out.

    • Dearest Sally
      Why thank you!
      Daffs strangely don;t seem to have much of an appearance outdoors here either yet. I say strangely, for it’s been a very mild winter, so it can’t be the weather that’s holding them back.
      Yes. I believe you’re right, F de N was a limited edition, quel domage. But the call of Le Temps d’une Fete is now becoming irresistible.
      Vol de Nuit, I think yet perhaps there might be a little daff, but Samsara!?! Really? Delicious as it is, I’ve never spotted any plucky yellow flowers protruding from it.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  7. Lovely.

    Can’t wait to return to the UK (whatever that is, these days) – THIS SUNDAY!!!!

    As for narcissus, vintage Infini. Oh how lovely it is.

  8. rosestrang

    Belated but Happy St David’s Day Sir Dandy! All that city visiting and art viewing sounds wonderful!
    I’m not very familiar with yellow floral perfumes, not for any particular reason, just that I haven’t really sought them out. I do love daffodils though and spring is my favourite time of year, so I’ll explore some of the suggestions here very soon – looks like Le Temps d’Une Fete is a good place to start! I definitely start to crave florals from about mid February – especially orange blossom, so will try Narcisse Noir soon too since it features both narcissus and orange blossom

    • Dearest Rose
      The art and cities have been lovely, but The Dandy enjoys home too and the chance to exercise the creative bones, which is most awfully important as you know only too well.
      Autumn used to be my favourite time of year, but as time passes I find I’m drawn more and more to Spring, I wonder why..
      It looks as though a little trip to Patricia de Nicolai’s London boutique is becoming an essential act of homage.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy.

  9. Dear Mr Dandy,

    How very timely. Not only do I appreciate your theme, being Welsh myself, but this was the week I received my bottle of Caron’s Montaigne. As usual, it smells vintage even though it’s brand new. I’m not usually a fan of yellow flowers, but Montaigne is fantastic- Narcissus, powder and oranges at the same time. I love the top note so much I keep having top ups and scaring the bees.

    Your friend

    • Cariad Iscent
      Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus!
      Better late (very) than never.
      Ahhhh, Montaigne. Isn’t it just divine? And one of the greatest perfume steals of all time. That opening night is, well, peerless.
      Yours ever
      The Perfumed Dandy

  10. Dandy Cariad

    Dioclh yn fawr y Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus!

    eich ffrind

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