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Friday, April 26, 2013

Xmas Bells by Molinard c1926

Xmas Bells by Molinard was launched in 1926. It was also known by the name Cloches de Noel in French.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It was classified as a bracing, aromatic woodsy oriental fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: citrus (neroli, bergamot), herbs, juniper
  • Middle notes: carnation, clove, rose, orange blossom, cinnamon
  • Base notes: pine, leather, woods, amber and musk

The Flacon:

The parfum extrait was packaged inside of a black crystal bell shaped flacon reportedly created by Baccarat, but it is not listed in the Baccarat perfume bottles book so I doubt the veracity of the claim, it was probably made by Cristalleries de Nancy, who made most of the opaque glass bottles in the 1920s-1930s. Some of these bottles have glass stoppers, other have brass screw caps.

Montreal Gazette, 1958:
 "Cloches de Noel by Molinard, a delightful fragrance made especially for the Christmas season. Attractive bell-shape bottle. 1 1/3 oz. $7.50."

The crystal extrait bottle came in three sizes:
  • No. 2036 - 2 oz 
  • No. 2046 - 4 oz
  • No. 2056 -5.5 oz

The toilet water was available in a large 7 oz black glass bell bottle (No. 206).

The face powder was available packaged in a 35 gram black glass bell shaped jar (No. 6036), as well as a 40 gram cardboard box along with a swansdown puff (No. 6025).

The Toilet Powder was available in a 180 gram size (N0. 6046). 100gram Cakes of Olive Oil Soap were also available (No. 5026).

It was also available in the famous Molinard concreta solid perfume containers made up of Bakelite.

The Fate of the Fragrance:

Xmas Bells appears to have still been sold into the 1950s. It has been discontinued for many years and can be quite hard to find.

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