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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

VSP by Jovan c1973

VSP (Very Special Perfume) by Jovan was launched in 1973.

It was available in the following:
  • parfum
  • cologne
  • cologne concentrate
  • scented soap

“We began thinking about it almost two years ago. We studied some of the great perfumes of the world- Chanel No. 5, Joy,Shalimar, Bal a Versailles, and L’Air du Temps - which are classics, because we wanted ours to be on a par with them. We wanted a quality perfume with a warm floral scent at a medium price. Those perfumes range from about $12.50 to $37 for one-third ounce. VSP costs $ for the same amount," said Nancy Hayden, a nose for Jovan. Since there are about 65 elements in the fragrance including jasmine, rose, hyacinth, sage, orris root, balsam and ylang ylang, Nancy and others spent months testing combinations formulated at the firm’s plant in Bensenville. “We wanted to offer a one third ounce of perfume at $5 because so many women have never been able to try quality perfume because they couldn’t afford it. Americans tend to buy cologne and toilet water rather than perfume because they’re more reasonable.”

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a sweet floral  fragrance for women. Opens with an aldehydic fresh top, followed by a radiant floral heart, resting on a woody, powdery base.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, green accord, peach
  • Middle notes: hyacinth, ylang ylang, rose, jasmine, lily of the valley, orris root, lilac, carnation
  • Base notes: sage, balsam, sandalwood, oakmoss, musk, cedar, incense, cistus

Palm Beach Daily News. 1973:
"The manufacturer says a new perfume captures the delicate sensuality of real flowers in a passion-compelling fragrance. Jovan, the perfume house, calls it very special perfume” - VSP, for short. Though the perfume is patterned after the world’s costliest perfumes, according to the manufacturer, it will sell at an “unheard of” low price for costly perfume - $5 for a one-third ounce  bottle. That comes to $15 an ounce. Costly perfume goes for over twice that. The manufacturer also says “The woman who wants real romance will find VSP’s flower power a heady blend of shyness and sensuality.”

Vogue, 1974:
"A new fragrance on the American scene now is well-named Very Special Perfume by Jovan of Chicago. Made from natural oils of freshly pressed flowers, it is known — with the American passion for initials — as VSP. "

Vogue, 1976:
"You choose VSP, very special perfume. Innocently floral on the surface, simmering with passion underneath."

Fate of the Fragrance:

It seems that VSP was discontinued sometime around 1984. To this day, Jovan has no plans to reissue this fragrance, much to the chagrin of many of its former faithful users.

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