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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Carnet de Bal by Revillon c1937

Carnet de Bal was launched in 1937 by Revillon of Paris. It was created by Maurice Schaller. Originally a representative for perfumery glassware, M. Schaller was invited to run Paul Poiret's perfume department. He then took a keen interest in perfume technology and later created such excellent perfumes as Revillon's Carnet de Bal.




The perfume was named after the 1937 movie, Un Carnet de bal — An episodic, star- studded film, directed by Julien Duvivier, that had a great success here in the emerging foreign film theatres and was widely imitated in Hollywood and Europe.

During World War II, the perfume seems to have been put on hiatus and returned in 1947.



Fragrance Composition:


So what does it smell like? It was originally created for young women and is a fresh, and spicy oriental perfume - an oriental floral aldehyde chypre
  • Top notes: citrus, bergamot, fruits, acacia
  • Middle notes: Roman chamomile, cyclamen, rose, Florentine iris, jasmine, peach, lily and Madagascan ylang-ylang, coriander
  • Base notes: sandalwood, vetiver, ambergris, patchouli, oakmoss, vanilla, civet and musk


Harper's Bazaar, 1953:
"Special pungence to mix with fur and snow-scented air — Revillon's "Carnet de Bal" perfume."

Harper's Bazaar, 1960:
"Carnet de Bal- Revillon's indescribable scent— as fresh as all outdoors, as enchanting as field flowers."

1961:
"Carnet de Bal captivatingly combines florals and spices from all over the world."


The Flacons:

The prices for the fragrance in 1960 were:
  • 1/2 oz Parfum: $12.50 
  • 1 oz Parfum:  $24.75
  • 2 oz Parfum: $49.00
  • 3 oz Parfum:  $73.50 
  • 5 oz Parfum:  $122.50 
  • 1/4 oz $4 Parfum in purse flacon
  • 1/2 oz Parfum in purse flacons $6.50
  • Eau de Toilette $3.75 to $10



The original bottle for Carnet de Bal is an upside down brandy snifter shaped flacon and was used exclusively for the parfum.


Stage, 1937:
"Revillon. The newest perfume is called "Carnet de Bal" which is the French way of saying "dance program" and appears in very de luxe bottles. The three ounce one is $37.50. The five ounce one is $62.50."



Later bottles would be created for various concentrations, such as the eau de cologne and the eau de toilette.




A harder to find bottle is the one spiral amphora crystal flacon created for various parfums by Revillon.


Mademoiselle, 1961:
"A spiraling bottle inspired by a crystal antique — and Carnet de Bal perfume. By Revillon. $6.60."


A rare presentation is the presentations from Western Airlines. The bottle is a mini purse size flacon of the spiral shaped bottle and came in a little box which had a small tag that read "Western Airlines and Parfums Revillon of Paris proudly present Carnet de Bal."



Metropolitan Magazine reported that in 1956,
“A new personal service to keep the wives of flying business men happy. The stewardesses obtain the traveler’s business card and turn it over to Western’s sales personnel. Within a few days, the lady receives her personal bottle of French Carnet de Bal perfume with a note of appreciation for being patient while Western served the man in her life. The program is extended to mothers, sisters and secretaries for single men.”



Here are some ad snippets from the newspapers over the years.




1947:
"A truly romantic gift for a sweetheart or a wife was a bottle of carnet de bal perfume The bottle is shaped like a heart. The price is $15.00."

1948:
"Called Carnet de Bal, it is light and appealing perfume. Cologne comes in the same scent so you may rest assured that your fragrances will always match. The enchanting Carnet de Bal by Parfums Revillon of Paris."

Cue, 1949:
"Things Parisian have a strong fascination for Americans and the real connoisseurs are enthusiastic now that the French perfumes have been coming in again in greater abundance. Back with us in quantity is Carnet de Bal"

1955:
"A perfume that is as refreshing and different as a rainbow on Christmas eve! ... It's Carnet de Bal by Revillon of Paris."

1955:
"This is Carnet de Bal by Revillon of Paris. It is a superb scent one that warms on the flesh to tones of sweetness that invariably are a magnet."

1959:
"Revillon, Inc. in the United States and Canada. Revillon is a French company. At present, Revillon distributes two of its perfumes in this country, Carnet de Bal and Detchema."

1960:
"Such are Revillon's two brilliant and classic perfumes Carnet de Bal and Detchema. Originally created to go with the magnificent furs; the sables and ermines."



 The Fate of the Fragrance:


Carnet de Bal was discontinued sometime between 1974-1985.


Note: Please understand that this website is not affiliated with the Revillon company in any way, it is only a reference page for collectors and those who have enjoyed the Revillon fragrances.  

The goal of this website is to show the present owners of the Revillon company how much we miss the discontinued classics such as Carnet de Bal and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back the original formula of the perfume! 

Please leave a comment below (for example: of why you liked the perfume, describe the scent, time period or age you wore it, who gave it to you or what occasion, any specific memories), who knows, perhaps someone from the company might see it.



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