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Friday, September 18, 2015

Sleeping by Schiaparelli c1938

Sleeping by Schiaparelli: launched in 1938.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It was classified as a heavy, narcotic soft, green oriental perfume for women with spicy carnation over woodsy-mossy notes on vanilla.

  • Top notes: bergamot, green notes
  • Middle notes: rose, Egyptian jasmine, magnolia, ylang ylang, carnation, orange blossom
  • Base notes: Haitian vetiver, hevea wood, Chinese patchouli, musk, sandalwood, oakmoss, amber, vanilla

Drug and Cosmetic Industry, 1940:
"SCHIAPARELLI Schiaparelli's newest perfume is "Sleeping." The four-ounce flacon is in Baccarat crystal, and the stopper is the flame and is flame color. The box is in the form of a cone-shaped snuffer with a handle in "Sleeping Blue" and gold. This new blue which the designer featured in her recent collection, is bright and luminous."

Fashions of the Hour, 1940:
"Schiaparelli's Sleeping perfume — in a glass bottle shaped like a flame-tipped candleis an enchanting scent for candelabra hours. About 1/4 ounces in a Sleeping Blue lighted-candle box. $30."

Ladies' Home Journal, 1944:
"To go back to Schiaparelli, on the ground floor there were corporals, colonels and Red Cross girls buying "Shocking" or "Sleeping" by the dozens! My. America's women are going to be bathing in perfume this Christmas."

The New Yorker, 1946:
"Schiaparelli : A lot of people have tried to copy Shocking, that disturbing, alluring floral, but they haven't quite done it. Sleeping is a spicy carnation that is anything but soporific, and Salut is a light floral. Six vials of bath oil in any one of these scents. $5.40."

Newsweek, 1949:
"Thousands who would never aspire to a Schiaparelli dress can and do buy bottles of "Shocking," "Salut," "Sleeping," "Snuff," "Le Roi Soleil," and the newer "Zut." The perfume business, at 12 Place Vendome, legally separate from the couture house."

Department Store Economist, Volume 13, 1950:
"In addition, Sleeping perfume will appear in a new 1/2 oz size to retail at $8.  The same candlestick bottle will be used with the blue snuffer cover."

Town & Country, 1951:
"Schiaparelli's famous foursome: Shocking, Sleeping. Zut. and Snuff' for perfume mood magic. $12.50."

Fodor's France, 1951:
"Schiaparelli, 21, Place Vendome. "Salut" — for young girls ; "Shocking" — elegant, refined ; "Sleeping" ; "Snuff"-tweedy, masculine ; "Zut"

Harper's Bazaar, 1956:
 "A trio of party snappers by Schiaparelli. Their surprise: a dram each of "Shocking," "'Sleeping" and "Succes Fou"' Eau de Parfum. $4.50."


Schiaparelli produced Sleeping, designed by Rene Magritte, one of whose works, The Key of Dreams, provided the idea for the bottle for the perfume "Sleeping" a candle stick made up of Baccarat crystal. The presentation box mimics a large candle snuffer.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

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