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Friday, June 12, 2015

L'Elu by Marquay c1946

L'Elu by Marquay: launched in 1946. The name means "The Chosen".

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a chypre fragrance for women with a distinctive jasmine note, neither too flowery nor too spicy.
  • Top notes: bergamot, narcissus and galbanum
  • Middle notes: Bulgarian rose, ylang ylang and Grasse jasmine
  • Base notes: vanilla, musk, amber, oakmoss, sandalwood, patchouli, labdanum, Virginia muscat cedar

L'Art et la Mode, 1959:
"Its scent has the sumptuousness of the irreplaceable Chypre wrapped in the scent of Bulgarian rose and jasmine from Grasse, with a cutting edge of Muscat cedar from Virginia, sweeter than the cedar of Lebanon. And one can already find the toilet perfume L'Elu; as is Rock N Roll in his dressing exclusive of Salvador Dali. Another creation of Marquay: L'Eau de Marquay for men which is the equal of the best Colognes."


Like other Marquay perfumes, L'Elu was housed inside of a squat octagonal clear glass bottle molded with indented curves, topped by a diamond cut stopper, sometimes gold plated. These little bottles were presented inside small dainty drawstring pouches of velvet or brocade. The brocade pouches seemed to appear around 1960.

Other bottles include:
  • 2 oz cologne flacon with oval mirror.
  • 1/4 oz parfum purse flacon with round cut mirror with velvet pouch
  • 1/4 oz aerosol parfum purse flacon in lizard sheath

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. Still sold in 1965.

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