Blonde by Nathalie Feisthauer for Versace 1995

Hey Hey All You Lovely Blondes (natural, imaginary or enhanced),
This fragrance was created by Versace to celebrate his sister, now head of the empire, Donatella. That’s her in the ad, which is a fabulous testament to the mid 90’s don’t you think? Funiily, we had a Queen in Sydney from Italy for a while called Donatella Anyone! I know, hilarious.

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

This came out the year before Dreamer, who was in charge of fragrance at Versace at the time? They seriously need a medal. Two of my all time favourite spritzes from the same house in 2 years, unheard of. Sadly Blonde was either way ahead of its time or too late, and I am gunning for too late. It is big enough, dense enough, note heavy enough to have been an 80’s blockbuster but by 1995 the people still wearing big fragrance had chosen their faves and stuck like glue. Brand loyalty had not yet lost its flavour.
Fragrantica gives these notes/accords
Top: Gardenia, pitosporum (jasmine-ish), violet, orange blossom, bergamot
Heart: Tuberose, daffodil, ylang-ylang, carnation, pepper
Base: Benzoin, musk, civet, sandalwood

Photo Stolen Fragrantica

What do I get from this vixen of a perfume? Sparkling, powdery, effusion of white flowers cascading like a voluptuous traditional bridal bouquet, it’s almost aldehydic in its bombasity. It has power and sillage, oh yes, you will certainly attract attention in Blonde. It’s almost a parody they’ve taken it so far. More than one spritz and you’ll skunk a suburb, let alone a work environment. And it doesn’t let up either, once the initial power conflagration burns off we run head first into another set of big fat screamingly heady florals, buttery, spicy and sweet.

The sandalwood, animalics and benzoin have all been working under the radar to uphold the extravaganza that has been going on for the last 2-3 hours but they really start to shine through soon after. It’s not that the flowers have departed but they have started to give some room to move, it gets pretty sexy around 4-6 hours as we dry down towards my being unable to smell anything not me at around 6-7 hours, depending on the day and activity levels. If I wear Blonde to bed there will still be a waft left after 9 hours but it smells very, very naughty indeed.
WARNING!!! Do not wear this to dinner, a movie or work. People will complain and ruin your buzz.

Photo of January Jones 2010 Versace Blonde stolen istyleyou

Amazon starts at around $60 for 50ml EdT
FragranceNet has 15ml Parfum under $40
ThePerfumedCourt has EdT $3/ml or Parfum $9/ml
I just put the January Jones shots in because it’s so fabulously outlandish, like this fragrance. Have you tried it? Is there a Versace frag that you wear? Tell me? I’m agog.
Till tomorrow,
Portia xx

17 comments on “Blonde by Nathalie Feisthauer for Versace 1995

  1. Adore those January Jones shots, and my god how, err ‘normal’ does Donatella look in that ad?!

    Thanks for creating a major lemming with this one Portia, it sounds right up my street!

  2. Dionne says:

    You know, you may be new to the online perfumista world, Portia – and darlin’, you know how to make a splash 😉 – but I’m constantly agog at the perfumes you know about I’ve never even heard of.

    • Oh My! Dionne, you are wonderful. Thanks.
      It’s this desperate craving I’ve had for years. I had no idea that it was something you could write about, or anyone would read about. I just LOVED perfume, alone. Now i love it online too with excellent, clever, knowledgeable, funny, warm, fume addicted people like you who have made me feel welcome. You are reading about my loves over many years and a bunch of new ones.
      Portia xx

  3. colllleeeen says:

    Ohhhh I love and miss Versace blonde. I used to wear it everywhere. It was amazing. Lots of compliments, never complaints. GREAT perfume!

    I have Versace woman in rotation at the moment. It’s no blonde but I enjoy it.


  4. Maria says:

    I still have about a 1/3 of a bottle, it was a present from a boyfriend I had back then. the smell remains as it was STRONG and everlasting! Used to wear this while in College, everyone knew I was around! Didn’t hear any complaints about it everyone loved it!!

    • Hey Maria,
      How do you still have some left? I went through mine V quickly back then.
      Portia xx

      • Maria says:

        Well it was a 100ml bottle, and my perfume craze begu short after so it just stayed at the back of the cabinrt. I’ coming back to it for a spray every now and then every winter, doesn’t need more than a spritz too!

  5. sinnerman01 says:

    The dreamer is my fave Versace fragrance with blue Jeans !!! I recently bought both to bulk out my collection and have them for old time sake , I do remember blonde!! And the ad with DV . Great bottle, xx

  6. Ann says:

    Hi Portia & Co.! This is my first time stopping by APJ and I love it that you have a Versace presence. My fave GV was (I think) the first one, back in the early ’80s, just called Gianni Versace, and it came in a gorgeous faceted glass bottle. A beau bought me the darling quarter-ounce perfume bottle for a gift and I still love to look at it, though the juice has long gone south, as they say …

  7. I love the photos of January Jones, so glamorous! As they say, blondes have more fun 😉

  8. laniersmith says:

    “We will have to rearrange the seating cards because Donatella isn’t speaking to anyone these days…”
    Wonderful review…how does it work on raven haired brunettes such as I? Or is it just a blonde thing?

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