Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bakir by Germaine Monteil c1975

Bakir by Germaine Monteil; launched in 1975. Bakir is the Turkish word for copper, and the packaging used for Monteil's Bakir, copper on deep blue, is unusual and attractive.


Bakir was originally available in parfum and cologne. Bath perfume and perfumed powder were added to the line in 1976.  In 1978, The "Bakir" and "Royal Secret" lines featured perfume and powder compacts in new portable forms, and cologne pencils in a velvety case.


Cosmopolitan, 1975:
"The sensual East . . . exotic, heady, lush, mysterious . . . inspired Germaine Monteil's Bakir fragrance. Deep, earthy tones mingle with the most potent of perfume oils, the sweetest of flower scents. Result is very-pow! (Definitely not for the faint of heart) One ounce $60."

Fragrance Composition:


"Bakir is an experience. Its top note is a bittersweet blend of herbs from Egypt and Africa, jonquils from Asia. The middle note — the more subtle second wind of a perfume — is an earthy blend of such as wood, moss, spice."

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an oriental fragrance for women. It begins with a spicy, fruity top, followed by a spicy floral heart, resting on a sensual, balsamic oriental base.
  • Top notes: orange, aldehydes, spicy and fruity accord, jonquil, galbanum, raspberries, labdanum, bergamot and petit grain
  • Middle notes: heliotrope, geranium, lavender, clove bud, cinnamon, rose, jasmine, orange blossom, ylang ylang, pimento and nutmeg
  • Base notes: cedar, patchouli, benzoin, incense, ambergris, myrrh, musk, sandalwood, oakmoss

Fate of the Fragrance:


Discontinued, date unknown. Still sold in 1984.

Bakir was reformulated and relaunched by Irma Shorell, Inc.



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