Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Pavlova by Payot c1977

Pavlova by Payot: launched in 1977. Inspired by turn of the century opulence and named after the famous ballerina, Pavlova. Based on a perfume that was created in 1922 for Anna Pavlova. The swan motif on the packing of the modern bottles from Payot reflect the fact that Anna Pavlova owned a pet swan named Jack, a very graceful addition to her own graceful movements on stage.













Originally available as:

  • 0.24 oz Parfum
  • 0.50 oz Parfum
  • 1 oz Parfum
  • Solid Perfume
  • Eau de Toilette
  • Talc
  • Bath Soap Bars
  • 4 oz Body Lotion
  • 2 oz Bath Oil
  • 6 oz Body Powder
  • 6 oz Body Powder Refill
  • 10 oz Milk Bath
  • 10 oz Milk Bath Refill


Original Formula:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a lush floral fragrance for women. It starts with a green, fruity top, followed by an exotic fruity floral heart, resting on a sensual, powdery, woody base.
  • Top notes: hyacinth, galbanum, mandarin orange, blackcurrant, bergamot, raspberry and grapefruit
  • Middle notes: orris, narcissus, orchid, Bulgarian rose, tuberose, jasmine, neroli, ylang-ylang and geranium
  • Base notes: cedar, benzoin, sandalwood, musk, vanilla, oakmoss, amber and vetiver


New York Magazine, 1977:
"One steppe at a time..even Pavlova didn't leap before she could land...but you can Russian right away. with one sweeping whoosh of fragrance. New Nosegayish. And named for the prima ballerina herself. One precious ounce of perfume packed in a black lacquered Palekh box. $70.00"

The Ladies' Home Journal, 1978:
"FRAGRANCE MEMO Presenting ... an extravagant fragrance that will make you want to stand on your toes and dance with delight: Pavlova, named for the romantic and legendary Russian dancer. The perfume is exquisitely packaged— with handpainted flowers on the bottle and on the black lacquer box.."

Playbill, 1980:
"There's Pavlova, a choice 1922 romantic, named for the most famous prima ballerina. ... softest flower essences, packed like little treasures into black lacquer boxes, some of them hand-painted tenderly with pink blossoms. The Pavlova perfume is $80."

The New York Times, 1981:
"From the world of Pavlova A ceramic basket filled with four swan soaps and a lace handkerchief specially priced at 1 2.50 with any Pavlova purchase."

Texas Monthly, 1984:
"PAVLOVA Inspired by turn-of-the-century opulence, Pavlova is a lush garden of floral essences. We've nestled four essentials together in a romantic wooden swan: Eau de Toilette Spray, Lotion, Shaker Talc, Soap. $75."


Working Woman, 1986:
"PAVLOVA The legendary fragrance of romance. Its superb floral blend celebrates the most famous ballerina ever. For a limited time only, a collector's item ceramic slipper hand painted in the famous Russian Palekh art style with two Pavlova guest soaps and a 3 oz Parfum Spray."

Mademoiselle, 1986:
"Lush floral essences, a hint of Bulgarian roses, and traces of sandal and amber contribute to Pavlova's exotic aura "Le Bouquet de Pavlova" includes a hand-painted ceramic basket, lace handkerchief, .33 oz. Parfum Spray, 75 oz. Dusting Powder."


Fate of the Fragrance:


Discontinued, date unknown.

Reformulated and relaunched in 1999.

The reformulated formula:
  • Top notes: mandarin orange, cassia, raspberry and grapefruit
  • Middle notes: galbanum, blackcurrant, tuberose, jasmine, hyacinth, neroli, ylang-ylang and geranium
  • Base notes: sandalwood, musk, cedar, amber, vanilla, oakmoss and vetiver














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