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Monday, August 31, 2015

Ciao by Houbigant c1980

Ciao by Houbigant: launched in 1980. Created by Givaudan Perfumers.


Fragrance Composition:



So what does it smell like? It is a rich, floral-chypre fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: citrus, green notes, osmanthus
  • Middle notes: jasmine, hyacinth, cassis, rose
  • Base notes: oakmoss, sandalwood, patchouli, cedar, vetiver

Ciao was available in the following (with the original 1987 retail prices):
  • Parfum 1.0 oz... $130.00...($90 in 1981)
  • Parfum 0.5 oz... $80.00 ....($50 in 1981)
  • Parfum 0.25 oz...$60.00....($30 in 1981, $45 in 1984)
  • Parfum Spray 0.25 oz...$32.50 
  • Parfum Spray Refill 0.25 oz... $22.50 
  • Eau de Parfum Spray 2.5 oz...$27.50....($25 in 1984)
  • Eau de Parfum Spray 1.5 oz ...$21.00...($18.50 in 1984)
  • Shower Gel
  • Body Lotion
  • Powder
  • Soap


Cosmopolitan, 1980:
"A La Dolce Vita in a bottle— that's the beguiling appeal of Houbigant's Ciao, a vibrant meld of over 200 ingredients. Officially described in perfumer's lingo as a “semioriental floral chypre,“ the offbeat fragrance has oodles of oomph."

Ladies Home Journal, 1980:
" A rare oriental flower, the heady osmanthus, forms the base of this ravishing new scent. Ciao by L'Intemational Houbigant. Eau de Cologne, 4 oz... $15"

Playbill, 1980:
"You know that stylish international salutation, "Ciao"? Now it names a perfume, a semi-oriental, floral chypre with plenty of Italian ... By L'lnternational Houbigant, ounce, $90"

Fate of the Fragrance:


Discontinued by 1992.



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