Please understand that this website is not affiliated with any of the perfume companies written about here in any way, it is only a reference page and repository of information for collectors and those who have enjoyed the classic fragrances of days gone by.

One of the goals of this website is to show the present owners of the various perfumes and cologne brands that are featured here how much we miss the discontinued classics and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back these fragrances!

Please leave a comment below (for example: of why you liked the fragrance, describe the scent, time period or age you wore it, who gave it to you or what occasion, any specific memories, what it reminded you of, maybe a relative wore it, or you remembered seeing the bottle on their vanity table), who knows, perhaps someone from the company brand might see it.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

L'Envie Parfum Shampoo & Conditioner c1986

L'Envie Parfum Shampoos & Conditioners debuted in 1986. This was a line of highly perfumed hair products that imitated the best selling perfumes of the era.

"For soft; sensual hair that smells as beautiful as it looks."

It't rich, luxurious formula contained soft emollients to soothe the hair and make it sensually soft to the touch. What it did not contain, was any of the famous perfumes it was imitating.

  • Ember Musk: a fragrance similar to classic musk perfumes
  • Cypress: a fragrance similar to White Linen
  • Legace: a fragrance similar to Vanderbilt
  • Siam: a fragrance similar to Opium
  • Capture: a fragrance similar to Obsession
  • Milano: a fragrance similar to Giorgio

These hair products were not manufactured, licensed nor endorsed by any of the following brands: Giorgio Beverly Hills, Estee Lauder, Gloria Vanderbilt, Calvin Klein, Yves Saint Laurent and Coty.

L'Envie was manufactured by S.C. Johnson.

By 1988, the line was dropped as it did not do as well as expected. It was said by fragrance consultant, Barry Jacobs, that women tend to think of perfume as sticky and oily, and this is something you'd expect a shampoo to wash out of your hair. The line did not include scents for men and excluded women who hated fragrance in their shampoos.  "We are close to dumping the line," said one buyer a a leading national drugstore chain.

It was also plagued by legal problems and flawed marketing.

The moment that L'Envie hit retail shelves, the threats from major perfume companies started rolling in. Cosmair, Inc, owner of the Vanderbilt trademark filed suit. Estee Lauder, Inc, the holder of the White Linen trademark, also considered joining in on the lawsuit. Cosmair originally demanded that the 1 million products already on the shelves be pulled.

In 1986, Cosmair had won a temporary restraining order against SC Johnson that prohibited the distribution of its new L'Envie shampoos and conditioners. L'Envie, produced by the Agree shampoo and conditioner line, printed Cosmair's Vanderbilt fragrance title on the containers. Cosmair declared trademark infringement and unfair competition as reasons for the court order. Although SC Johnson claimed to be solely in the shampoo and conditioner selling business, Cosmair charged that its marketing strategies copied those of "knockoff-fragrance marketers" by printing misleading material on the wrapping.

Sued by Cosmair Inc., SC Johnson settled out of court in 1987 by agreeing to add disclaimer stickers to the front of it's bottles. The settlement included an order for a more prominent disclaimer on the package. A temporary restraining order issued in federal court required ads to carry a similar disclaimer. The results satisfied the other fragrance companies.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Diable au Corps by Donatella Pecci Blunt c1990

Diable au Corps by Donatella Pecci Blunt: launched in 1990, in association with by Diana da Silva Cosmétiques.

The name which means "Devil in the Flesh", is derived from the autobiographical novel Le Diable au Corps written by Raymond Radiguet, a protege and homosexual lover of Jean Cocteau. The novel is an account of a scandalous affair between a sixteen year old boy and a slightly older married woman during World War I.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

DK Men by Donna Karan c1994

DK Men by Donna Karan: launched in 1994. Created by Jean-Claude Delville.

This fragrance is also known as DK Men Fuel for Men or DK Men Leaded.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Incanto by Simonetta c1955

Incanto by Simonetta: launched in 1955. Perfume created by Simonetta Visconti (Donna Simonetta Fabiani), an Italian fashion designer.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Verlayne & Verlaine Perfumes

Verlayne of Paris. Established by Charles Jules Emile Charbaut at 9 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, Paris in 1944; Associated with Verlaine et Verlayne.

The perfumes of Verlayne:
  • 1944 Experience
  • 1944 Plaisirs
  • 1945 Sermaize
  • 1945 Tadla
  • 1945 Lumiere de Paris
  • 1945 Attente
  • 1953 Cuir du Don

Verlaine was established by George E Mignon in Paris, France: launched fragrances in c1920.

The perfumes of Verlaine:

  • 1920 Âme d'Orient
  • 1920 Arginette
  • 1920 Birial
  • 1920 Jasmin
  • 1920 Muguet
  • 1920 Narcisse
  • 1920 Violette
  • 1920 Rose

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Wigs and their Accoutrements

The word wig is short for Periwig and first appeared in the English language around 1675.

Wigs have been worn throughout history and not just as a fashion item. Looking through history we can see that wigs were worn to demonstrate wealth and importance as well as having a more practical purpose as protection against cold and rain. Wigs were even worn in wars to impress the enemy!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Paradoxe by Pierre Cardin c1983

Paradoxe by Pierre Cardin: launched in 1983 in Europe, then USA. Created by Roure Perfumers. Marketed in USA by Jacqueline Cochran, Inc.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

City of Paris

City of Paris was a fanciful name of a a department store of Paris, San Francisco, Ca. that opened its doors in 1850. Their flagship store in San Francisco was built in 1896 and rebuilt in 1909, probably due to damage from the 1906 earthquake.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Alphonse Rallet

Alphonse Rallet (1819-1894) established his perfumery company Rallet in 1843 in Moscow. Rallet's perfumes, soaps and cosmetics were so popular that by 1900, he was the most distinguished of all perfumeries in Russia. His excellence in quality made him the official supplier to the royal courts of Russia, Romania, Serbia, Persia and Montenegro.  

After the death of Alphonse Rallet, the company was purchased by Chiris, a raw material supplier from Grasse, France.  When the Russian Revolution took over and Rallet's Russian assets were nationalized in 1917, the company was reestablished in France. It was here in 1920, that the famous perfumer and technical director, Ernest Beaux , created several perfumes for Gabrielle Chanel, most notably Chanel No. 5, which remains a best seller almost 100 years after its creation in 1921.

In 1926, Francois Coty acquired Rallet.

"A. Ралле и Ко."

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Lasso by Jean Patou c1956

Lasso by Jean Patou: launched 1956 , advertised as "your secret weapon." It was created by Guy Robert.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Parfumerie Miga

Parfumerie Miga was established by Villy Frey at 99 Zweierstrasse, Zurich in 1925.

The company bought up bankrupt stock and expanded to Cuba. Acquired by Drialys in 1940.

Villy Frey was registered in France on December 18, 1934 under No. 234511. No. 88829 - March 5, 1935. VILLY FREY (manufacture and trade) 99, Zweierstrasse, Zurich (Switzerland). Cosmetics of all kinds. - Registered in Switzerland on 5 December 1934 with YN.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Friday, May 17, 2019

Jennings Perfumery Company

The Jennings Perfumery Co. was located at 19-21 So Ottawa Street Grand Rapids, Mich.

Established 1872 by Charles W. Jennings.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Valentino by Valentino c1977

Valentino by Valentino: launched in 1977. Created by Givaudan-Roure. Originally launched in Europe by an Italian licensee that went bankrupt, it's popularity began to fade before it even reached American shores. The launch party was at the Paris Opera in 1978, followed by a gala dinner at Maxim's. The fragrance was promoted and marketed by Princess Ira von Furstenberg, who worked as a publicist in 1980.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Blazer by Anne Klein c1974

Blazer by Anne Klein: launched in 1974 in association with Helena Rubinstein.

When Blazer was created, Anne Klein was best known for structured ready-to-wear apparel, as epitomized by her blazer which became world famous, fashion for the modern woman of the early 1970s.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Zarolia by Maitland Philipe c1981

 Zarolia perfume was launched in 1981 by award winning designer Maitland Philipe (Philip Maitland-Kraft) and distributed by T. Barclay Perfumes Inc..

Monday, April 15, 2019

Marie Earle Perfumes

Established in 5th Avenue New York in 1910.

Ombre Rose by JC Brosseau c1981

(Rose Shadow) Launched in 1982 in USA
In association with Parfums Jean Patou: created by Françoise Caron of Roure Perfumers;

Société Parisienne de Verreries

SPV (Société Parisienne de Verreries/Parisian Society of Glass) at Orly. Abbreviated to 'SPV'; established by Louis de Beaune at Boulevard Auguste Blanqui in Paris in 1889; glass manufacturer, merged with C Depinoix in 1936

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Laura Biagiotti by Laura Biagiotti c1982

Laura Biagiotti by Laura Biagiotti: launched in 1982. This was the first Laura Biagiotti perfume, it was later known as Fiori Bianchi (White Flowers) in 1991.

This fragrance was manufactured by Ellen Betrix and distributed in the United States by New York-based Accents and Essentials.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Calisher and Company Perfumes

AB Calisher & Co. was located at 112 Franklin Street New York. Established in 1893 by Aaron B. Calisher, Joseph H. Calisher and Nathan Calisher.

Thursday, January 24, 2019


Poujol was established by Gustav K. Poujol. The imported French perfume line was carried by Mandel Brothers in the USA.

In addition to perfumes, sachets, soap, talcum powder, toilet waters, Poujol also made cosmetics including face powder (and compacts), lipstick,  rouge, cleansing tissues.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Columbian Exposition 1893

"The World's Columbian Exposition (the official shortened name for the World's Fair: Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair and Chicago Columbian Exposition) was a world's fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival to the New World in 1492.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Organza by Givenchy c1996

Organza by Givenchy: launched in October 1996 during the Paris spring Pret-a-Porter. . Created by Sophie Labbe. The fragrance was inspired by the gauzy fabric.

Monday, August 6, 2018

White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor c1991

White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor: launched in 1991. Created by Carlos Benaim. (created by Sophia Grosjman of IFF).

Elizabeth Taylor fashioned a fragrance inspired by her well-known love of fine gems: White Diamonds.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Narcisse Perfume Bottles

Caron's Narcisse Noir was so popular that it spawned many imitations, including the shape of the bottle. Some competitors tried to copy the bottle as close as possible without breaking the copyright or trademark laws, while others were a bit more unique in design.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Collecting Blue Glass Commercial Perfume Bottles

In this guide, I will introduce you to the wonderful world of commercial perfume bottles made up of blue glass.

These elegant beauties were produced mainly during the 1920s-1950s and most have Art Deco influences. I know I don't have every one listed, if I missed one, let me know! Current values given below are for average book values and auction estimates. Why not start a collection focusing on just the blue glass bottles?

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