Friday, March 28, 2014

Les Parfums d'Ysiane and La Diaphane

Ysiane of 38 rue d'Enghien,Paris France. Established by D. Ysiane around 1925, a cosmetic and perfume house. Although the company was short lived, they managed to produce some charming presentations. They were affiliated to La Diaphane.

The perfumes of Ysiane:
  • 1922 Coquelicot Bleu 
  • 1925 Saturnale
  • 1926 Le Collier de Perles
  • 1927 A Troublante Fleur
  • 1927 Les Nocturnes de Chopin

The perfume Saturnale was housed in a Depinoix bottle designed by Julien Viard. The perfume Saturnale is the re-branded fragrance 'Shanghai' by Marcel Raffy.

PTM, 1927:
"Then there is Ysiane's "Les Nocturnes de Chopin," a lovely gift in it's black and gold bottle."

The ad for the perfume Le Collier de Perles was subtitled with "dans la coupe sacrée des offrandes des danseuses du temple ont effeuillé les couronnes des jasmin."  Based on this description, the perfume probably smelled of jasmine.

Parfumerie La Diaphane was Established by G. Mazuyer et Cie in Paris, France around 1898. La Diaphane was also advertised as being prepared by A. Reverchon, a perfumer.

La Diaphane was famous for their rice face powder endorsed by Sarah Bernhardt. According to a 1904 recipe I found in the Bulletin of Pharmacy, it was made up of 4 oz of zinc oxide, 24 oz of precipitated chalk (preferably English), 4 oz of talcum powder (preferably Venetian chalk) , 8 oz of starch, 2 drams of essence of rose, 2 drams of essence of jasmine, 2 oz of essence of orange blossoms, 2 oz of essence of cassie, and 1 dram tincture of musk.

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