Monday, November 18, 2013

Friendship Garden by Shulton c1939

Friendship Garden by Shulton was launched in 1939.  It was originally called Early American Friendships Garden. It is a light, sparkling fragrance, that was aimed at the younger set and those wishing to recapture the carefree days of youth.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an aldehydic floral fragrance for women. There are no official notes listed anywhere so I will review the toilet water and let you know what notes I detect. My bottle dates to 1960 and came in a set of four toilet waters by Shulton. I will be reviewing all of them in separate posts.

 At first dab, effervescent aldehydes burst forward and tickle my nose, bright, vivid florals notes of spicy carnation, soapy Bulgarian rose, pungent geranium, sweet jasmine and dewy fresh ylang ylang are all married to base notes of oakmoss, sandalwood, rich honey, powdery amber and cedar with nuances of vanilla or benzoin to round out the fragrance.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, carnation, bergamot
  • Middle notes: Bulgarian rose, geranium, jasmine,  ylang ylang 
  • Base notes:  oak moss, sandalwood, honey, ambergris, benzoin, vanilla and cedar 

A 1961 advertisement reads:
"Friendship Garden is especially for the young and light hearted... just like fresh mid winter, one of the best loved of all fragrances, Friendship Garden is as delightfully fresh  and appealing as its name implies. ts happy blending of spring flowers guarantees a "Spring bouquet" in each precious drop. Packaged to delight the heart of any young lady."

Fate of the Fragrance:

Friendship Garden was discontinued around 1974 and is still popular with those who grew up with the fragrance.

Other similar scents are L'Air du Temps by Nina Ricci and Joy by Jean Patou.

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