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Friday, April 12, 2013

Le Jade by Roger et Gallet c1923

Le Jade by Roger et Gallet was launched in 1923. Le Jade was subtitled "The Precious Perfume."



It was a complete line including perfume extract, toilet water, soap, face powder, bath salts, brilliantine, sachet powder and talc.

Fragrance Composition:


So what does it smell like?  It is classified as an oriental fragrance for women with a chypre base.
  • Top notes: lime and bergamot
  • Middle notes:
  • Base notes: ambergris, civet, sandalwood, vetiver, tonka, musk, patchouli, vanilla

Vanity Fair, 1923:
"The announcement in Paris of a new fragrance by Roger & Gallet, favored perfumers of the world's most beautiful women, is an artistic event....Jade is the color and, in precious stones, the personal decoration of the day."


The Pharmaceutical Era, 1924:
"The second room is a shrine for the new odor Le Jade — and the gold walls with bizarre green and black and gold ceiling ... The large size bottles of the Le Jade perfume are of crackled glass, which is an innovation in the world of perfume. The pale green of the perfume..."

Bottles:

Le Jade was housed in various bottles of the years, but its most beloved and coveted is the opaque jade green glass flacon by Rene Lalique. This bottle has a design of tropical birds molded in relief and is shaped like a Chinese snuff bottle.




Another fine bottle is the crackle glass flacon which is shown in several advertisements, a smaller bottle was created but does not have the crackle appearance.









Tall, upright rectangular shaped clear and frosted glass bottle, with a molded circular pattern frieze around the upper part of the bottle. The bottle is fitted with a stair stepped molded glass stopper. The bottle is in the Lalique style, but was not made by Lalique. This style of bottle was used for other Roger et Gallet perfumes such as Feu Follet, Oeillet Carnation, Santalia, Fleurs D"Amour, Pavots d’Argent, Innuendo, Souvent Femme Varie, and Partir.

This bottle style came in five sizes: 4 oz, 2 oz, 1 oz, ½ oz and ¼ oz.
  • The 4 oz size measures 4.25"tall x 1.75" and held Eau de Toilette.
  • The one ounce size measures 3” tall by 1-⅛” wide.
  • The half ounce size measures 2.5” tall.
  • The quarter ounce size was available in two forms, one is topped with a glass stopper meant for the boudoir (2” tall x 1” wide) and the other was topped with a brass cap meant to be carried in the purse.



Fate of the Fragrance:


Discontinued, date unknown. The perfume was still being sold in 1962.




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