Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Casaque by Jean D'Albret c1951

Casaque by Jean D'Albret: launched in 1951. The translation of "Casaque" is defined as a tight jacket from the shoulder to the waist.

Playbill, 1979:
"Jean D'Albret's classic Casaque, originally created for Georges Sand who (remember?) was Chopin's live-in lady. She wanted vibrance, mystery and a touch of the Orient - just like today."

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a fresh aldehydic floral fragrance for women. It starts off with a green, fruity floral top, followed by a fruity floral heart, resting on a subdued powdery floral base.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, honeysuckle, hyacinth, lemon, orange, mimosa
  • Middle notes: jasmine, lily of the valley, narcissus, ylang ylang, rose, lilac, gardenia, iris, lily, tuberose, nasturtium, geranium
  • Base notes: Iralia, East Indian patchouli, musk, sandalwood, civet
Made use of the aromachemical Iralia.

Casaque was available in the following products:
  • Parfum
  • Parfum-Crème
  • Eau de Cologne Parfumee
  • Cologne
  • Bath Oil
  • Hand & body lotion
  • Dusting Powder
  • Soap

Country Life, Volume 140, 1966:
"One of the newest versions, just out this autumn, is Parfum-Crème by Jean d'Albret, which is contained in an attractive round crystal flask. It is available in those two sophisticated perfumes, Ecusson and Casaque."

Soap, Cosmetics, Chemical Specialties, 1971:
"Jean d'Albret, Paris, introduces "Ecusson" and "Casaque" perfumes to United States market in new packaging, featuring four colors, gold leaf stamping and overall embossing. The package was commissioned to House of Harley, Inc., New York, for manufacture."

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued in 1977 when the Jean d'Albret business closed. The company was acquired by Orlane who released Casaque under their own name around 1977/1978. The perfume was finally discontinued in the mid 1980s.

The trademarked name Casaque was acquired by Irma Shorell, Inc/Long Lost Perfumes in 1999 and the company had released their own recreated version of the perfume.
  • Top notes: hyacinth, lemon and bergamot. 
  • Middle notes: jasmine, lily of the valley, carnation, orange blossom and roses. 
  • Base notes: musk and sandalwood.

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