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Nina (1987) Nina Ricci for women

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Nina (1987) by Nina Ricci is a Floral Aldehyde fragrance for women. Nina (1987) was launched in 1987. The nose behind this fragrance is Christian Vacchiano. Top notes are aldehydes, mimosa, orange blossom, currant buds, green notes, peach, basil, marigold, bergamot and lemon; middle notes are mimosa, violet, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang, west indian bay and rose; base notes are iris, sandalwood, patchouli, musk, civet, oakmoss, blackcurrant syrup and vetiver.

Perfume rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 199 votes.

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Top Notes
Aldehydes Mimosa Orange Blossom Currant buds Green Notes Peach Basil Marigold Bergamot Lemon

Middle Notes
Mimosa Violet Orris Root Jasmine Ylang-Ylang West Indian Bay Rose

Base Notes
iris Sandalwood Patchouli Musk Civet Oakmoss Blackcurrant Syrup Vetiver

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Nina (1987) Fragrance Reviews

Gigi The Fashionista
Gigi The Fashionista

Fragrance Review For Nina

Nina Ricci

Top Notes

Aldehydes Mimosa Orange Blossom Currant Green Notes Peach Basil Marigold Bergamot Lemon

Middle Notes

Mimosa Violet Orris root Jasmine Ylang-ylang West Indian Bay Rose

Base Notes

Iris Sandalwood Patchouli Musk Civet Oakmoss, Blackcurrant syrup Vetiver.

*Vintage 1987 Splash Bottle

The first time I met Nina she was in a pale yellow liquid in a round bottle on the dresser table of a wealthy employer of my mother's.

You see my mother was a housemaid for various Manhattan socialites and high society people. At one time, she was even working for Donald and Ivana Trump. And this is that kind of perfume- totally smells of a lot of money.

The first fragrance with a "rich woman" aura I had ever encountered was Azzaro 9 which coincidentally is quite similar in it's composition to this fragrance. I would have to say that Azzaro 9 most closely resembles Nina. I don't know which came first but both are cut from the same cloth, though they are not duplicates nor smell that much alike. Other fragrances that come to mind when smelling this one are Vanderbilt by Gloria Vanderbilt Beautiful by Estee Lauder and Paris by Yves Saint Laurent.

The round bottle was a splash and I never experienced it as a spray. This was a gift from a friend of mine who happened to have the original and I have been on Cloud 9 and overdosing on pure nostalgia. This is a very beautiful and touching feminine fragrance. It has a sweet soapy floral daintiness one associates with florals for princesses - i.e. L'Air du Temps also by Nina Ricci. Definitely a fragrance of it's time a sort of L'Air du Temps for the 80's. It has that wonderful make-up and powder and handbag scent so prevalent in 1980's fragrances. Not an Oriental, not a chypre, but a very wearable and soft soapy floral aldehyde perfume.

When you apply this perfume on your neck or bosom, the aroma it produces is so enchanting. It's like an old song from an LP - Cole Porter's So Easy To Love, or A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody by Irving Berlin. The feminine touch of this fragrance is out of another time, when women were women, smelled like women, dressed like women, and behaved like ladies. A lady like floral without any sex appeal or any sort of unisex body or attitude. It's relatively simple and straightforward as a boudoir perfume.

At first you will detect a peach and citrus fruit flavor, along with a passing greenery. It has a similar beginning as either Azzaro 9 or to a degree even Vanderbilt by Gloria Vanderbilt. Azzaro 9 had a pineapple scent that is missing here but instead it has a very delicious and fresh citrus which matches up with the fresh and sparkling aldehydes that crown the top notes. A tart lemon is also present. So if you like citrus - or rather citrus florals- this is going to be your bag. But the aldehydes are the key players as the fragrance opens. You have to like aldehyde fragrances - i.e. Arpege, Chanel No. 22, Chanel No. 5, First Van Cleef & Arpels.

The mimosa and orange blossom are the biggest floral notes. Then the other florals emerge with a soapy goodness: rose, jasmine, violet, iris, ylang, and marigold. The marigold is probably the only other dominant floral note. Beautifully floral, almost as floral as Estee Lauder Beautiful. The flowery scent is utterly feminine, classy, sophisticated, but not in an aggressive or old Church lady way. As a Nina Ricci of the 1980's, this was a young woman's floral scent. It matches up with the kind of smells one used to get from the perfume stores of the 80's which was an entirely different mix of smells from today's department stores. It always had a "make up" vibe.

As the multi florals quiet down and become whispers of flowers, with that marigold still lingering, the dry down develops. This is a black currant syrup scent which was innovative and unusual. It is not very heavy but it gives the scent a syrupy sweetness and deliciousness that keeps it youthful and tones down the mature and darker scents of musk patchouli and sandalwood. There is also a very silent civet. I don't think of this as a patchouli at all nor is it an Oriental sandalwood smell. The syrup and the moss are the real big players at the dry down stage. It has a traditional oak moss scent, but it doesn't really become too heavy either, as it's not a chypre.

This is a very pretty perfume.

I felt like time moved backwards and I was transformed into a younger version of myself, with a girlish curiosity for perfume. I maintain that same curiosity now. I have even taken to buying perfumes blindly for the sheer thrill of discovery. I love to discover new and old fragrances. Nina is a classic and has an outdated floral air but it's very appealing if you like aldehyde florals and you're familiar with the frags I mentioned as being similar to it:

Beautiful Estee Lauder

Azzaro 9 Loris Azzaro

Paris Yves Saint Laurent

Vanderbilt Gloria Vanderbilt

There might also be a slight similarity to Oscar de La Renta, although it doesn't strike me as being too much like Oscar except for the yellow floral and soapiness about it. Despite the aldehyde and soap, it's not a bath product by any means.

It's wearable as a casual day time work fragrance, it has great longevity and smells like a real perfume and not some body wash or soap to smell so-so for your day. No. You will smell amazing in this beautiful perfume.

I wear this to work and get tons of compliments on it.

A dreamy floral perfume for the lady in all of us.

Nov
02
2016
Angelica 000
Angelica 000

I have an almost full bottle,picked up at a garage sale. The sticker on the back says Bergdorf 1990..$55.00.
I can't detect any deterioration, even though I bought it without a lid. Very classy & elegant, golden & mossy at the same time. Long lasting, as all the good ones were, getting closer to the skin, I detect more Jasmine now that refreshes it beautifully.

Sep
22
2016
carpp79
carpp79

I had a bottle bought in 1998-1999 or 2000, i can't remember. Spetacular, very sofisticated, feminine, cozy, creamy.... Why discontinue such marvelous?

May
04
2016
annaa16
annaa16

I came across someone selling a miniature 5 ml edt bottle of this and I fell in love with the bottle, so I thought I'd give it a try. I did mistake it for the newer Nina by Nina Ricci, so when I got this one and first tried it, I was shocked and disappointed since I was expecting apple and praline but all I got was powder and wood (two things I usually stay away from, lol). I did some research and ended up realising that what I had purchased was this vintage, original version. Unfortunately, I can't stand the scent of this. It's so soapy and bitter and sour on my skin that I just want to wash it off right away. I stand by the fact that the bottle is absolutely gorgeous though! One of the prettiest I've seen.

I'll keep it as decoration on my shelf, but if anyone wants to adopt my bottle, send me a message and I'd happily let someone else (who appreciates it) have it :-)

May
04
2016
missy.stratimirovic
missy.stratimirovic

Having only a small decant, I wear this occasionally but every time it's a "gasp!" reaction. Nina is really a gorgeous floral, born in the 80s but so modern and refined. It must be the very low presence of ylang-ylang and sandalwood that makes it airy, not dense, greasy or pollen-y. A certain dose of bitterness is present at the beginning- I suppose it's marigold - but it is, nevertheless, beautifully balanced. Lovely scent.

Apr
17
2016
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nellyrlight@aol.com

Is Ebay the only place to find the original? is this discontinued? have been looking for this forever..thank you for any feedback!

Dec
28
2015
Chanel4Evah
Chanel4Evah

One of my Top 5 Favorite Scents... Hell it might be in the top 3! This thing is RAVISHING! It's Elegant, But in a Forceful way, this no Shy Violet... She Speaks With Proper Elocution, She's a Ball Breaker, She tells the most Inappropriate Jokes while giving a throaty laugh that can be heard across a room! She's Beautiful, but not young, she's comfortable with her age and knows that wisdom and clarity have come with it. She's Expensive. Her Jewels though are Discreet, But Unfathomably pricey... More Tiffany than Cartier. More Van Cleef than Harry Winston! She leaves a trail that entrances the Men and The Women! She brings her Own Spotlight and Shines just so, in it! That to me is Nina! It's Voluptuous but not Fleshy... Rich but not Overabundant! Class not Ass! I Die for this scent!

Jul
22
2015
LucyLucy
LucyLucy

I tried to find the reviews of Nina Ricci Classic by Nina Ricci and they sent me here...but I didn't think this is the same perfume as my Mom's..its a round white shape bottle with a golden bow in the between and there's also NR signature on it....I can't detect the notes except for florals..unique florals which I like :)

Jun
06
2015
Elizete Araujo Moura
Elizete Araujo Moura

Vetiver ; Ylang Ylang and almiscar notes... try remember me in night go to the place prefer the theater with a men charmous!!!

May
23
2015
Melvinmilk
Melvinmilk

Ode to Nina....
.
Fading beauty sleeps all day, and prays her winkles fade away.
She floats on clouds of old perfume, then counts the ghosts locked in her room.

And when the counting's finally done, she let's them go one by one.

In single file marching out, through the gates of Paramount.

They pick up scripts and and read each page, then start
their play upon the stage.

Fading Beauty meets them there, and watches from a front row chair.
She's in the world that she loved so...reliving dreams that she let go...

Note:
Nina is the scent of a great beauty bound for the stage, she mysteriously disappeared from the lime light with out a trace. Many years passed....

She was found in a dilapidated flop house in South Texas, holding a withered pressed magnolia, and an empty bottle of Nina lay shattered on the floor beside her

Jan
20
2014
blacktaffeta
blacktaffeta

Lovely. Very old-school, very pretty and interesting too.

I find it quite green initially - the basil and marigold make themselves known. Then, a lovley aldehydic white floral, quite gentle and slightly honeyed to my nose. In fact it's a little naughty at this stage!

Drydown is still gentle, with sandalwood somewhat dominant. Gorgeous.

Sillage is moderate, lasting power is great.

I agree that this is old-style and seems older than its years. it must have appeared very retro in 1987 when it was launched. Nevertheless,classy and classic.

Btw, this is edt and is a half-full bottle bought unboxed from ebay, so I've no idea how it was kept. Still smells great! I agree with the poster below that you can get problems buying this way, but in my experience they are rare.

Apr
22
2013
wingsofcindy
wingsofcindy

I've read a lot of reviews on Fragrantica, with many lamenting the discontinuation of their favourite fragrance - and some looking for the originals on ebay, etc. I thought perfumes went off - like some wines that weren't meant for ageing. Is that not correct? Do fragrances smell the way they were intended years after production? I have all of my old bottles on a shelf in the bathroom, and found there was a little of the Nina Eau de Toilette left, so I sprayed it on my wrist, half expecting it to smell rancid... but no! It is gorgeous!!! Powdery, sensual, and very womanly. All of the perfumes I've tried over the last few years have been girly, and I don't want to smell like that - I'm 54. For a few years, going through menopause, I couldn't wear fragrance at all. When hormones are changing, perfume can really stink (I'm sure you've all smelled that combination of hormones and fragrance - yuk!) Now, just when I feel ready to wear a gorgeous, feminine, womanly fragrance - I can't for the life of me find one!! I'll try Nina out in public and see how it goes... as for now, I'll wear it to bed and just enjoy it.

While I'm here, I'd like to thank all of the regular reviewers who really know their stuff in regard to perfumes. Knowledge is power, and perhaps I'll find something that suits me - armed with the knowledge gained from your experience.

Apr
17
2013
nastyamason
nastyamason

This is so elegant and feminine with great sillage and superb longevity. It is a shame it has been discontinued. Real gem in perfumery.

Apr
13
2013
gianines
gianines

My mother used it about 15yrs ago. I remember I used to sniff the spray head again and again and again. It was feminine and classy. I think it is more suitable for evening use.

Years went by, I grew up, I decided to buy my first perfume, Nina, the only perfume in my mind I'd like to have for so many yearsss, but I was really disappointed to find out it was already discontinued, SADDDDDD :(

Apr
07
2013
kuanyin4
kuanyin4

WOW - If you check the database you will find the current version. It is an entirely different scent. But ebay has the original- thank goodness!

Oct
09
2012
WHITEOWLWOMAN
WHITEOWLWOMAN

Until today I didn't know this fragrance was discontinued. I have a full bottle of perfume, a full bottle of EDP spray and a container of the body powder. It seems like every perfume I really love has been discontinued. I noticed there is a NR perfume in an apple shaped bottle which is called Nina. Does anyone know what that one is like?

Oct
04
2012
srininet1
srininet1

My mother used to wear this perfume around 15 years ago and it had this amazingly wonderful sophisticated smell that remains in my memory till date! The recent Nina Ricci collections seem very strong and totally different from the earlier creations like this.

Aug
20
2012
kuanyin4
kuanyin4

I got a mini and it seemed a little odd, but I liked it anyway. So I got two larger bottles, anything worth doing... I wore it today and it is absolutely captivating me. I could see this as a fantastic signature scent. It is so different than other perfumes, it has that herbal edge but doesn't go all out green and 19. It has an aspect of old school Paris elegance too. It must be the currant bud top note that is so unique to me. I thought this was a much older creation than it is, I think if it had come out in the fifties, it would have been huge and probably still with us. Sad, really. I might need some more bottles...

Aug
15
2012
Migalex
Migalex

This was one of the best perfumes ever made. I do not know why it was discontinued. Absolutely marvellous, nothing to do with the new Nina.

Nov
19
2011
Persephone
Persephone

To my nose this is Ivoire de Balmain, perfected. While Ivoire in EDT is a little crude and angular, this one is her younger, prettier sister. The picture atop is a very good way to interpret this fragrance - it is like a transparent silk mist surrounding you. Impossibly feminine.

Oct
18
2011
semj
semj

Its not for me but like a lot of others it brings back memories. For me of my old ballet teacher Wilma. The most glamourous woman I can remember.........

Oct
16
2011
olorosita
olorosita

uuu recuerdo perfectamente el olor de ese perfume, parece que fue ayer cuando al ir a las tiendas departamentales me probaba ese perfume, despues de adolescente logre tener una botella, ultimamente lo habia buscado y no tenia idea de que se habia dejado de hacer, era perfecto! he buscado olores que se acerquen a esa fragancia, pero solo una me ha podido causar ese sentimiento de nostalgia, se llama insolense de guerlain y aunque no es de la gama de aromas, me causo una grata sensacion al olerlo...espero que este perfume salga algun dia como edicion limitada

Sep
03
2011
angeliqua
angeliqua

For the people that can't find the original Nina, I have found that Ferre, eau de Parfum is a pretty good substitute, whenever I wear it it takes me back to my childhood when mum used to dab it on me when I had been good! Still looking to find the original Nina, that bottle was gorgeous :)

Jul
19
2011
Marianne, DK
Marianne, DK

I simply don't understand, why this perfect scent was discontinued! If anybody knows where to find it, please tell.

May
29
2011
passionata20
passionata20

Some time ago i have tried it in a pure parfum concentration and didn´t like it at all. It was very weird scent to me, not that i imagine it would be. Ever since i thought i dislike this scent until today. Today i have tried the EDT version of "Nina" (the splash round bottle) and was really positivly surprised by the difference in fragrance. I personally like the EDT version of this much more than pure parfum concentration which is an exception, usually i do otherwise. It is so fresh and light! Peach makes the perfect balance for the mimose note mixed with a lemon note. What i like about it that the lemon note here is so delicate that it doesn´t becomes too much citrusy fragrnace but just perfect for summer and spring. Usually i don´t like citrus perfumes or too green perfumes, but with this one i have found THE most perfect spring scent for me! A really different fragrance! I haven´t smelled anything like it before. And i like a bottle very much! Need to buy myself a couple of bottles of this as long as it is still available! I won´t ever understand any excuse for discontinuing this masterpiece!

Mar
24
2011
Bebe70
Bebe70

If this Company had more smarts and insight, and if they really could understand what is good for women and Nina Ricci's own interests, they wouldn't discontinue one of the three best perfumes of all time.
They lose first!
Sorry, guys but I can't buy your girlish colognes!

Mar
01
2011
Action
Action

Ohhh Lamerienda, I SOOOO MUCH agree with you!! Nina Ricci was a real masterpiece supplier!! And although I love their new perfumes too, they chose to become a more trendy & girly house. But they used to be alllll about WOMEN!!!!

Feb
19
2011
boardbat
boardbat

this vintage classic is an absolute gorgeous perfume. loved the basil and marigold scents blending with the more sweet notes of rose and jasmine. as a group all these scents blended into a beautiful soft honey like potion. imo, this was a close to perfect perfume.

Jan
09
2011
Action
Action

Nina Ricci classics are just AMAZING!!! I am rediscovering them all over again!!
SOOO fantastic!

Sep
18
2010
Grazia
Grazia

I also would like it comes back in that original bottle! It so lovely and elegant, it's a shame Nina Ricci doesn't produce the best one!

Jul
05
2010
Yonga
Yonga

PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!!!! I always sneaked in my mum's room to wear this perfume... I was only able to buy it once and now it has been stopped? :(

Jun
08
2010
Alexandrarae
Alexandrarae

This was a Queen among fragrances - my "signature" for over 10 years - when heard it was not being continued visited every perfume shop and chemist and even bought a tester from one shop to keep me going. Why oh Why did they stop making this one - they still make Chanel 5 which goes very powdery on me very quickly - Nina lasted and lasted. Please, please bring it back. Alexandrarae

Apr
28
2010
Action
Action

It is a very delicate green mossy perfume, forest like. I love it a lot!!

Dec
30
2009
Malegria
Malegria

One of my first loves - the ones that are never forgotten and always sorely missed. It is very complex, and it is difficult to separate the notes - but the result is a honey like...wild honey like, elegant, feminine elixir! How could they discontinue THIS one? It is a true, classic gem, a pearl among pearls. It has all the best qualities a woman may wish in a perfume - subtle,yet alluring sex appeal, unbelievable syllage, the uniqueness like no other!
Gotta have it back!

Aug
26
2009
AnnYMac
AnnYMac

Oh my gosh! I was reminded of this Nina when I was shopping for another fragrance last night. What a glorious scent this was, right up there in terms of opulent femininity with the likes of First, Chamade, and Amouage Dia and Jubilation 25. I had bought the lotion in a promotional set with a spray perfume gift when it first came out. As much as I loved it, I think I was too young to truly appreciate it. What a shame it's no longer made....

Jan
15
2009
a bit vintage
a bit vintage

I cannot believe there are so few reviews for this lovely fragrance. I really, really, REALLY, miss this original Nina. This was my signature scent for years. I especially preferred it in the eau de toilette verses the eau de parfum. There is such a wonderful balance in the eau de toilette. For those who have never experienced Nina, I like to describe it as a sophisticated, elegant, and a little bit smoldering sexy fragrance. The marigold is the only note that I can distinctly identify. Sadly discontinued, it's been replaced with a new Nina that is candy-like, as so many fragrances tend to be these days. I've never found anything that comes close to the original Nina, try as I may, nothing compares. Oh, how I wish they would bring this back!!!

Jul
15
2008

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