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Monday, May 6, 2013

Patanwala Perfumes


Ebrahim S. Patanwala in 1910, when he was 25 years of age he began making his own perfumes and brilliantines and in 1918 began manufacturing on a large scale.

 It was Ebrahim Patanwala's Afghan Snow, set up in 1919, which introduced modern Indian cosmetics to the masses. Afghan Snow was a non-greasy facial cream made of selected ingredients blended with perfume with a universal appeal. So how was the name inspired? King Zahir of Afghanistan convened an audience with Mr. E.S.Patanwala along with a few other select entrepreneurs on his visit to India. The king was presented a hamper with all E.S.Patanwala products; in it was a jar of pearly white cream without any name. His majesty was impressed and commented that it reminded him of the snow in Afghanistan. 

In 1926 Patanwala started manufacturing the now famous perfumes in connection with the Swiss aroma chemical company Givaudan and many of Patanwala's perfumes were housed in Baccarat crystal bottles. Since then the firm has developed nail polishes, lipsticks and soaps. An all-India demand for toiletries compelled Mr. Patanwala to increase his staff. His creations gradually drew patronage from the English gentry and princes of India. Maharaja Jhalawar, Maharaja Patiala, Maharaja Gwalior and Maharaja Kota became a part of his choice patrons.

In 1939, he passed away and his son E. Fakruddin Patanwala took over the company. In 1940, throughout India, the choice range of Afghan toilet preparations was now enhanced by the addition of Knight of Pinjore Perfume, Hair Oil, Soap, Brilliantine, Vanishing Cream, Lotion and Face Powder.

In 1961, one of the pioneering manufacturing firms in India of modern cosmetics, E. S. Patanwala, celebrated its golden jubilee.

Today the fourth generation in the family runs the firm. With its more than 100 year old tradition and innovation, have developed unparalleled expertise in the manufacture of bathing soaps, face and body creams, shaving creams, non-alcoholic fragrances etc. It is also one of the few companies in India that specializes in the making of transparent glycerin based bathing soaps which is an arduous and highly specialized art.

Printed paper advertisement for "Afghan Products. High Class Toilet Requisites", illustrated with a reclining lady and images of assorted products including 'Afghan hair oil', 'Afghan cold cream', 'Afghan concrete brilliantine' and 'Afghan snow: an ideal day cream', all produced by E.S. Patanwala [sic] of Bombay; advertuisement from 'The Times of India Annual' (1934).


The perfumes of Patanwala:
  • 1925 Knight of Pinjore
  • 1925 Ambrerose
  • 1926 Jasmin
  • 1929 Bhagwan
  • 1940 Prince of Pinjore

Knight of Pinjore, c1920s, photo by ebay seller days_gone_collection

Jasmin, c1920s,  photo by ebay seller days_gone_collection

Ambrerose, c1920s,  photo by ebay seller days_gone_collection

Baghwan, c1929, Baccarat design #695, photo by Perfume Bottles Auction. Patanwala's Bhagwan Perfume bottle sold for $63,000 at the 2012 IPBA Convention. Until now, the made-by-Baccarat bottle was only known of from Baccarat's archival sketches.


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