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My mother owned a couple of Sonia Rykiel outfits in the 1970's. They were stylish knit pieces that were elegantly quirky. I always preferred Rykiel's vision of knitwear to that of Missoni whose patterns always seemed to dominate . . . anyway, I digress . . . Septieme Sens (1979), Sonia Rykiel's first perfume could also be classified in the same way as elegantly quirky but with a dark twist. A seventh sense.

This parfum version opens with a subtle, sweet smelling jasmine driven bouquet that functions as a topnote in this composition which quickly gives way to some dark smelling elements . . . cloven hoof comes to mind. Such a deceptively powerful scent in such a quaint little bottle. A Pandora's box that releases wildly animalic molecules of lust, passion and mystery. This tiny bottle, incidentally, is the most architectonic perfume bottle I've ever seen. It is all about folded, shifted planes that describe complex geometries through transparency.

Rykiel created this perfume to suit her taste, but she also wanted it to appeal to the "modern, adventurous woman". Given the perfume trends of the late 1970's and early 1980's, it's somewhat difficult to imagine who that modern, adventurous woman would have been. Perhaps she was a young girl at the time who admired her mother's sense of fashion . . .

Vintage Sonya Rykiel "7e Sense" Parfum Mini - .06 oz


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  • Vintage item from the 1980s
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