Saturday, October 3, 2015

Mollie Parnis by Mollie Parnis c1978

Mollie Parnis by Mollie Parnis: launched in 1978 under the name Mollie Parnis Cosmetics Dist., possibly in conjunction with Parfums Weil. The perfume was concocted in France but botted in the USA. She chose tuberose as a main ingredient as it was her favorite flower, one of which she used to keep fresh blossoms in vases in her office.

In a 1977 article, Mollie Parnis mentions that "The French had ideas about perfume, I had some about fashion, we finally agreed...The world is getting more American designer oriented...I believe that creativity, whether it's in the arts or anything else, is where the money is. The money is here, we have the know-how and the creativity. "

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a fruity floral chypre fragrance for women. It was described as "piquant and bright" and has a white floral heart.
  • Top notes: galbanum, apricot, peach, plum, orange blossom, osmanthus, anise, coriander
  • Middle notes: carnation, gardenia, tuberose, jasmine, jonquil, lily, rose, lily of the valley, heliotrope
  • Base notes: spices, sandalwood, tonka, amber, civet, musk, vetiver, styrax


The parfum was housed in a round bottle tied with a velvet bow and encased in a camel colored box. The Mollie Parnis parfum sold for $80 an ounce. An Eau de Parfum was also available in a square glass bottle with a molded disk in the middle emblazoned with the Mollie Parnis name, the neck of the bottle is tied with a velvet bow.

Fate of the Fragrance:

I believe this was discontinued around 1984. The name was not filed for a trademark renewal in 1985, so this means it was not being reused for manufacture.

1 comment:

  1. So delighted you are back, and delighted to see what was my signature scent getting some attention. I bought the 2 oz bottle of the EdP in 1978 for what then was the whopping sum of $28.00. About five years ago, I haunted ebay for a year in search of more. The thirty-plus years since it was discontinued explains why it is "thinner" than I remember but I would still describe it as having verve and elegance. The peach is astringent, like skin more than the fruit itself.


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