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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Parfums Millot

In this guide I have listed the various perfumes presented by François Millot of Paris, France.

c1912 ad

Established by Madame Francoise Millot in 1819, then taken over by Felix Frederic Millot at 57 avenue Victor Emmanuel III, Paris in 1836 and quickly became a prestigious and successful perfumery, cosmetics and toiletry business and major exporter, numerous and varied products. They had major worldwide exports and was the official court perfumer of Egypt at the end of the 19th century.

The company participated in many of the 19th-century exhibitions  and won many prizes including a gold medal in 1900. They produced luxury avant-garde presentations.

Their best selling product in the 1800s was La Pommade a la Graisse d'Ours or "Pomade with Bear Fat", a hair groom. Millot was the first prestigious company to use humor in its advertising. They also sold rice powder for the face.

Henri Desprez succeeded as proprietor and in 1920 Jean Desprez joined the company. It was Jean who created the fabulous perfume Crepe de Chine that became the hallmark of the Millot company.

The company later moved to 98 boulevard de Sebastopol, Paris. In 1939, Jean Desprez resigned from the company to found his own, Parfums Jean Desprez where he introduced the world famous Bal a Versailles.

The F. Millot company was bought by Revillon in 1963 and the company was sometimes known as Parfums Revillon-Millot, of Paris and Revillon-Millot, Ltd. in London.

c1929 ad

c1936 ad

  • Revelry: jasmine, gardenia, reseda, mimosa.
  • Recital: fruity notes, iris, leather, oakmoss
  • Insolent: created by Aimable Duhayon, a fruity chypre with dried fruit, leather, woods, rose, spices, amber, musk, oakmoss
  • Bois Precieux: sandalwood, cedar, galbanum, musk, incense, civet.
  • Partner: created by Aimable Duhayon,a hesperidic floral chypre with lavender, citrus, leather, woodsy notes

Chemist & Druggist, 1965:
"A New French Perfume. — Parfums Revillon-Millot, Ltd., 47 Davies Street, London, W.l, are launching on the British market a new French perfume, L'Insolent, described as " a gay vivacious fragrance, dynamic in its personality, created especially to suit the rhythm of modern living." The bottle is a slim flacon " evocative of feminine decollete." The perfume is also available in a purse-size atomiser."

The perfumes of F. Millot:
  • 1900 Kantirix
  • 1900 Primialis
  • 1900 Vio-Violette
  • 1910 Flacon 1900
  • 1912 Les Lauriers d'Aigle
  • 1916 Roi de Trèfle
  • 1925 Crepe de Chine (an aldehydic floral chypre perfume)
  • 1931 Recital  (a chypre perfume)
  • 1933 Altitude
  • 1933 Bois Precieux (an oriental woody perfume)
  • 1934 Pierrette
  • 1935 Verabella
  • 1938 Regard
  • 1947 Insolent (a fruity chypre perfume)
  • 1948 Joyeuse Nuit
  • 1948 Revelry (a spicy floral perfume)
  • 1949 Chere Madame
  • 1951 Tanagra
  • 1953 Impertinence
  • 1959 Chere Monsieur
  • 1959 Partner
  • 1959 Ganteline
  • 1961 Partner (a hesperidic floral chypre fragrance for men)
  • Aveu d'Amour
  • Chante Cœur
  • Chaume Fleuri
  • Fougère
  • Fougère St Germain
  • Giroflée Simple
  • Heliotrope
  • Hypmne À Flore
  • Jacinthe Azur
  • Jaspiz-Jaspiz
  • La Gai Lilas
  • Le Bon Œillet
  • Muguet d’Argent
  • Rose Galante
  • Rose Vérmeille
  • Stephanotis

A 1948 newspaper ad reads:  "We introduce Revelry perfume by Millot of Paris. They tell us there's jasmine, gardenia, reseda and mimosa in Revelry plus other fragrances gathered from all over the world."

The “Eau de Toilette Kantirix” perfume bottle designed by Hector Guimard for Felix Millot for the Exposition Universelle 1900. For the 1900 Universal Exhibition Hector Guimard, architect and decorator, built and decorated the pavillion for the Felix Millot Parfumerie, where three new perfume lines “Violette”, “Primialis” and “Kantirix” were introduced. Bottle stands 7¾'' high x 3½ '' wide x 1½ '' deep.

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