Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Vacances by Jean Patou c1934

Vacances by Jean Patou: launched in 1934 (though some people say it came out in 1936, but this is when Patou trademarked the name). Created by Henri Almeras. The French word Vacances translates to vacations, and this perfume was created to commemorate the introduction of mandatory paid vacation in France.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Esme of Paris

During the early 1940s, Esme Davis Matz, launched a fragrance line called Esme of Paris in New York. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Perfumes in Ancient Egypt

A few years ago, I had a nice boxed set of seven recreated perfumes entitled "The Fragrant Past: Perfumes of Cleopatra & Julius Caesar". These were made expressly for an exhibition at the Emory University Museum of Art & Archaeology in 1989. These seven ancient perfumes were prepared by professor Giuseppe Donato, Director Emeritus of the Institute of Applied Technologies, National Research Council of Italy. The perfumes are non-alcoholic oil based and are basically skin scents, with little sillage.

Friday, December 31, 2021

Black Cashmere by Donna Karan c2002

Black Cashmere by Donna Karan: launched in 2002. Created by Rodrigo Flores-Roux. Donna chose the name because for her black cashmere is the ultimate fabric, it and best reflects her aesthetic.  She described it as "calming and protective." But something that could be worn day or night.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Parfums de Coeur Designer Imposter Fragrances

Parfums de Coeur designer imposter fragrances:

From the magazine ad above: "A master perfumer has captured the essence of the world's great fragrances in a stunning collection of Body Sprays we call Designer Imposters. We're proud to introduce his latest Imposter, Primo!®  If you like Giorgio®, you'll love Primo!® All of these exquisite interpretations smell like your favorite expensive designer colognes. At only $3, go ahead and spray for yourself! These gentle deodorants give you a delicious all over body fragrance that lasts all day. Also watch for our men's sprays! If your man likes Aramis®, Polo®, or Musk, he'll love our Apollo®, Lancer® and Male Musk®."

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Ciara by Revlon c1973

Ciara by Revlon: launched in 1973. (pronounced SEE-AHR'-AH). There was one year at Revlon when all the fragrances seemed to have something to do with the name Charles Revson. Ciara (a poetic arrangement of Mr. Revson's initials), then Cerissa (another play on the initials CR).

Monday, December 20, 2021

Elgin American Vanities Compacts Catalog Page 1931

 Elgin American Vanities Compacts Catalog Page 1931.

images: ebay seller bogeady, color corrections by me.


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