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Friday, August 7, 2015

Zibeline by Weil c1927

In 1927, Marcel Weil of Les Fourrures Weil created Parfums Weil with their advertisements of “perfumes for furs”. These were based on a direct request from a regular client for a perfume suitable for wearing on furs. These were their first commercial perfumes that were advertised would guarantee not to harm the furs.

In 1928 the four perfumes inspired by fur themes were launched: Chinchilla Royal, Hermine (ermine), Une Fleur pour Fourrure (A Flower for Furs) and Zibeline (Sable) were favorites from the start. All of these perfumes were created by Claude Fraysse.


Fragrance Composition:

Zibeline is described as a sweet, heady floral chypre intended to recall the steppes and massive oak forests of Imperial Russia, where the finest sable furs were imported.
  • Top notes are aldehydes, coriander, tarragon, bergamot and lemon
  • Middle notes are iris, gardenia, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, hawthorn, linden and rose
  • Base notes are honey, sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk, civet and vetiver

Harper's Bazaar, 1936:
"Weil's Zibeline. As rich and husky as a torch song. 100-proof for blondes who disdain to be pastel."

Harper's Bazaar, 1956:
"Zibeline" — Weil's bittersweet romance of a perfume, but with a lighter, brighter side too. One ounce. $15."

Consumer Reports, 1956:
"Zibeline (Parfums Weil Paris, Inc., NYC). Good. Very heavy. 1/2 oz., $5; 1, oz., $15; 1 1/2 oz., $27.50. Very spicy-woody."


In 1930, the first Weil eau de toilettes debuted, Chinchilla and Zibeline.


Stage, 1936:
"There's something pretty exhilarating about the new fizzing cologne of Parfums Weil called Carbo-nique. It comes in three odors: Cassandra, Bamboo, and Zibeline, and the seltzer-bottle container is returnable for credit on a new one."


Zibeline went on to have a very successful future with the advent of the Secret de Venus Huile line of bath & body oils .

Glass Packer, 1949:
"HOUR-GLASS BOTTLE, bright green cap, and beige linen-like box, are used by Parfums Weil Paris, Inc. to package the new, half-ounce size of Secret of Venus, Zibeline fragrance, compounded of aromatic oils."

 Weil (Perfumes) 1939 Zibeline Chinchilla Bambou Noir Cassandra

Fate of the Fragrance:

Zibeline was discontinued sometime in the 1970s I believe.

In 2010, Parfums Weil reintroduced three new fragrances: Zibeline de Weil, Secret de Weil and Reve de Weil.

Zibeline de Weil is classified as an oriental fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: ylang-ylang, bergamot and plum
  • Middle notes: orange blossom, sweet pea and wallflower
  • Base notes: benzoin and tonka bean

Based on some online reviews, this version os Zibeline is different from the original. It is said to be lighter in character and modernized for today's tastes.

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