Saturday, November 22, 2014

Black Satin by Angelique c1946

Black Satin by Angelique: launched in 1946.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It was an opulent aldehydic oriental perfume made up of 33 different ingredients. I have no published notes on this composition so I am using a vintage 1950s perfume nip to complete the article.
  • Top notes: African basil, aldehydes, Italian bergamot, citronella, lemon, Spanish geranium, galbanum
  • Middle notes: oil of cardamom, coriander, lily of the valley, lavender, jasmine, iris
  • Base notes: musk, Arabian myrrh, oakmoss, Indian sandalwood, Italian orris, amber, patchouli, cedar, benzoin, vetiver, styrax
I applied some drops to the back of my hand and noticed right away that this was a very powdery, musty sort of perfume. It would probably be classified as a dry chypre fragrance for women. It was very heavy on the green notes, oakmoss, geranium and citruses. The florals are very muted in this perfume, the perfume reminded me of Ivory soap and Avon's Skin So Soft. There was a lovely woody sweetness to the base notes, but it still remained sort of musty, I did like that effect though, it reminded me of antique wood, like an old antique carved sandalwood fan that I owned many years ago. There is a sort of what I call the "band aid" scent to the drydown probably from oud, somewhat medicinal with a slight dirty hair smell from the styrax.


Angelique's perfumes were housed in Swindell Bros. bottles. The foil labels were produced by Richard M. Krause and the boxes were handmade made by The Perfumers and Jewelers Box Company.

c1963 ad showing Angelique's perfumes and colognes.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. It was still being sold in 1969.

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