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The original 1947 version of Robert Piguet Visa was created by Jean Carles of Tabu fame, and was an extremely seductive animalic chypre, meant for mavens, not maidens.  The advertising copy described Visa as a scent for  “a sophisticated woman [who] travels the world but never gets lost in the crowd”. The re-issue in 2007 was formulated by Aurelian Guichard, creator of Bond No. 9 Chinatown, and according to Denyse Beaulieu of Grain de Musc, “Aurélien Guichard's brief was to do something else entirely, as Jean Carles' formula was deemed too feral for the market.” Tone it down for the meek modern masses.
The opening accord of the modern Visa is sweet and fruity, an accord of white vineyard peach, pear, violet leaves, Italian bergamot and mandarin essences. I can smell the peach, but it’s more a light aroma than heavy or intrusive, and it has the added nuances of  the vegetal, almost aqueous, green violet leaf and the bergamot lime note. This opening has been compared by several reviewers to the opening of Thierry Mugler’s Angel, so I decide to compare them side by side, and yes, there is a similarity, but Angel smells watery-sweet, cool, and quite synthetic to my nose, whereas Visa smells richly sweet, warm, and incredibly real, in comparison.
This warmth in Visa starts to deepen with the addition of the unique curry-maple syrup note of immortelle mixed with indolic orange flower and boozy rose, and here’s where Visa truly parts company with Angel, which is drying down into an almost linear sweet fruiti-patchouli accord. Visa opens up, revealing a voluptuous floral heart, the natural fruit notes infusing the sensuous florals, green violet leaves adding a slight metallic edge, so that the scent comes in waves, full and vibrant.
The dry-down begins to slide into darker territory, toward a base of supple butter-soft leather. Herbal patchouli, vetiver, and moss mix with the florals and fruit notes adding luxurious depth and richness, sandalwood, vanilla and benzoin create a creamy resinous quality, so that Visa ends as a voluptuous and very sexy Grown-up Woman kind of fragrance which is so irresistible I cannot stop sniffing my wrists. The fruit/floral, moss/leather/sandalwood combo is just luscious.
Notes: white vineyard peach, pear, violet leaves, Italian bergamot, yellow mandarin essences, ylang ylang absolute, rose, immortelle, orange flower absolutes. Indonesian Patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, moss, vanilla beans, benzoin and leather
Type: EdP
Parfumeur: Aurelien Guichard

Price: $5.00