Monday, November 9, 2015

Womenswear by Alexander Julian c1992

Womenswear by Alexander Julian: launched in 1992 in association with Paul Sebastian.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a delicate fruity floral fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: mandarin, cassis, apricot, peach and plum
  • Middle notes: cyclamen, ylang-ylang, freesia, jasmine, lily of the valley, orchid, narcissus, rose and rosewood. 
  • Base notes: sandalwood, vanilla, cedar, oakmoss and white musk


One half ounce of the parfum retailed for $95 in 1993, the high price may have come from the fact that the bottle was made by Fenton. In the magazine ads the bottles look like ancient pottery washed up by the sea and that's exactly the effect marketers at Paul Sebastian wanted to achieve for the packaging of the Womenswear fragrance.

In Fall of 1991, Fenton began working with the Paul Sebastian Company and the designer who originally introduced them to perfume bottle production to develop a line to be marketed under the direction of Alexander Julian. The project included Fenton manufacturing a stock clear glass one-half ounce and one ounce bottle in light blue with an iridized and then satinized surface with a hand painted gold band at the top of the bottle. They also manufactured the stopper that goes in the bottle in a similar treatment. The very expensive combination of colored glass and iridescent treatments was unique to Fenton in the perfume bottle market.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

A followup fragrance, Colours was introduced in 1993 and uses the same bottles from the Womenswear line.

Colours is classified as a floral fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, fruity notes
  • Middle notes: floral notes
  • Base notes:

Colours for Men was launched in 1994, a warm citrusy floral woody musk fragrance.
  • Top notes: bergamot, lemon, orange, lavender
  • Middle notes: incense, spices, jasmine, ylang ylang, rose, white lily
  • Base notes: oakmoss, sandalwood, patchouli, musk, vetiver

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