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Golden Autumn Prince Matchabelli for women

Golden Autumn Prince Matchabelli for women
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Golden Autumn by Prince Matchabelli is a Floral Woody Musk fragrance for women. Golden Autumn was launched in 1948. The fragrance features green notes, moss, woody notes, floral notes and musk.

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Golden Autumn Fragrance Reviews


Golden Autumn. Like the finest Greek black olives, not everyone will acquire a taste for this Grand Dame, but for those of us who do, we will do so with passion. Like hungry olive eaters, who dip digits into freshly opened jars repeatedly, Golden autumn lovers will dive back again and again for more. The first time, I tried it, I figured 100% it must be some Lysol flung into the bottle, but then the dry down got me, and lingered. It is wierd and jilting for a few good minutes and settles into something very lovely. This opening is a little like how Jicky flits around, a different set of notes, but a similar feel of ick, yum, wow, repeat, until it settles and finds its centre on your skin. There, after about 30 minutes, it has reached a stable path. This is for seasoned vintage hounds of a certain demographic, as Golden Autumn is an oil painting and is so very different than today´s fresh light watercolour scents. And it is very dry, almost crisp.


The first time I tried this, I wasn't sure about it. Like another reviewer, I had trouble getting past the opening notes. I got caught up in what my daughter called "toilet cake", because I really couldn't disagree.

But, I decided to give it another try, and I think I'm a fan. Lots of aldehydes in the beginning, which I love, but then then I get a tarry smell, and after that, it goes "toilet cake". I'm not sure what causes that, but it really has a cheap floral air freshener smell for a bit! Once I pass that, it's lovely. Woody and leafy, though I don't get much powder, with a background of amber and oakmoss. The drydown smells of patchouli and musk. Very dry and bitter throughout, as another reviewer noted. Decent sillage, and it lasts from morning until night.

When my five year old hugged me before bed, she said "what is that beautiful smell?" so I guess it's a keeper!


To me this is an acquired taste. I received a 90ml vintage rubber coated black bottle, almost full, as a gift. At first I thought it was horrible. Too mossy with lots of pine and too much oak moss. It smelled like damp forest and mud. However, unexpectedly, some days ago I got back to it and put it again on my skin. The initial burst of harsh aldehydes, oak moss and pine blew me again negatively but all of a sudden it turned ambery, woody and very pleasant. I wore it for three days in a row (a rare thing) and it seems I finally started to love it. The drydown is a very mild and pleasant musk and there's an earthy softness along the way that is really original. I have never smelled anything like this before. It's just the initial notes that put me off. But well, a minute of pain and then hours of pleasure.


I too loved this fragrance. I fear ordering such a vintage bottle would not smell the same. I'd love to find a similar fragrance that is available to purchase in stores.


After years of looking for a reasonably priced bottle, I found one from the late 1960s with a black rubber coating. It has an orange oak leaf on it. What a flawless presentation!

I have a lovely history with this classic. My mother always wore this when she took me trick or treating in the 1960s. It was also her favorite to wear at Thanksgiving dinners until about 1984 when it disappeared from her wardrobe. That's the kind of warm and fuzzy memories it involves for me.

Flash ahead to today. I cannot imagine paying $70. for a vintage, yet that's what they are going for on e-bay. Crown bottles are even pricier. Prince Matchabelli was in every drug store in North America. They were an affordable luxury that simply vanished.

I gave a spray. Big, giant aldehydes grab my attention. I am talking the hairspray kind that takes your breath away. I thought something had gone off at first. After a few minutes, Golden Autumn came back in my life. I can hear leaves rustling in the wind...

Rich, dark amber and OAKMOSS allow the gentle floral notes to peek through. Lots of red carnation, a little rose and jasmine sit on some spicy note. Maybe a little lilac and iris for its powder quality? There is some vetiver and patchouli to convey the woodsy-leafy effect. There is some light sandalwood/vanlla, more amber, musk, cedar and some pine-like smokiness tucked in here. Its dry and somewhat bitter, as if the frost had hit the ingredients.

Oh, I must say this is very vintage in character. It was produced when telephones and televisions still had dials. Young noses would run from this or perhaps fall off altogether. It reminds me of vintage Arpege or My Sin, that were also popular in the 1960s. They are pretty much museum pieces today, no less elegant beauties from a bygone era!


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Golden Autumn by Prince Matchabelli 4.56 out of 5 based on 17 ratings and 5 user reviews

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