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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Alexandra de Markoff Perfumes

The inspiration for the creation of the Alexandra de Markoff Company was a wealthy and sophisticated Russian noble woman for whom the company is named. Established by Countess Alexandra de Markoff; a fashion house; affiliated to Prince George of Russia; now part of Revlon.


Alexa, Inc. was founded by Martin de Markoff was an abbreviation of his mother's name, Alexandra de Markoff. The company name he ran under was Martin de Botelho, NY, NY (and a citizen of Brazil).

Her skincare and cosmetics preparations had to be the best available anywhere in the world. Premium quality was not the exception for Madame de Markoff, it was the rule.

When film stars of the 20's needed foundation that stayed perfect even under the lights, make-up artist Anatole Robbins created Countess Isserlyn.


The perfumes of Countess de Markoff:
  • 1939 Alexandra de Markoff
  • 1946 French Jasmin
  • 1948 Fragrant Fern Cologne, re-launched in association with Revlon in 1979
  • 1951 Tribute
  • 1955 Tiara (sophisticated, voluptuous floral)
  • 1972 Enigma (originally by Alexa, Inc)
  • 1979 Alexandra
  • 1994 No Regrets
  • Magical Gardens
  • Moonflower (sweet)
Prince George of Russia

  • Tiara (sophisticated, voluptuous)
  • Moonflower (sweet)


Alexandra: In association with Revlon; a classical soft oriental fragrance with notes of Italian iris, South African marigold, French jasmine, Moroccan rose, French jonquil, Indian sandalwood, Singapore patchouli and Reunion vetiver.

Tribute: heady oriental perfume with notes of oak moss and oriental balsams.

Enigma: A woody oriental chypre parfum with notes of green aldehydes, bergamot, coriander, pimento, herbs, jasmine, rose, carnation, amber, woods, spices, patchouli and oak moss

No Regrets: Sub-titled 'because life is too short'; in association with Revlon; a crisp white floral parfum


Alexa Inc. Perfumes:
  • 1944 Enigma

Enigma was launched in 1944 by Alexa, Inc. It was still being sold in 1946. Discontinued. May have been reincarnated as the 1972 Enigma by Alexandra de Markoff, not sure if it is the same formulation.

So what does it smell like? Enigma is a musky, Oriental perfume for women.

From vintage ads:

"A dash of Alexa's "Enigma' has the power to make you the tantalizing female you'd like to be." 
"Enigma" is offered in two strengths— the Extrait de Parfum, a pure perfume extract, and a light perfume— in several sizes. New and nose-catching!" 
"Alexa's Enigma perfume was dramatically packaged in a shiny black bottle with white design and retails at $15 for six drams." 
"Alexa's "Enigma," mysterious and charming." 
"Women will wear Enigma ("its power mysterious, baffling") to give them confidence to go forth of an evening and conquer — or simply to talk back to the foreman."

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