Monday, May 30, 2016

Envol by Lancome c1957

Envol by Lancome: launched in 1957. Created by Armand Petitjean (some sources note that Jean Hervelein composed it).

Envol by Lancome was available in the following:

  • Perfume
  • 1 oz Eau D'Envol (Eau de Toilette)
  • 2 oz Eau D"Envol (Eau de Toilette)

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is described as a floral chypre perfume with a dominant lily note mingling with fruits.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, lemon, carnation, bergamot, lilac, narcissus
  • Middle notes: fruity notes, lily, lily of the valley, rose, jasmine
  • Base notes: leather, oakmoss, musk, galbanum, vetiver, amber, sandalwood, patchouli


Period Advertisements:

The New Yorker - Volume 33, 1957
"Lancome, in the same floral mood, Has introduced Envol (lily, jasmine, and rose are a few of the flowers in it) and is pushing a revival of the woodsy Fleches d'Or. An ounce of either is $27.50, a half ounce is $ 15.40. "

Harper's Bazaar, 1957
"ENVOL - lovely, light-hearted beginning for a life of romance! Double a debut for two dramatically different fragrances from LANCOME ... who gave you Magie, and Seul Tresor and Tresor. Have a beautiful Christmas."

The Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, dates unknown. Still Being sold in 1966.

In the early 1980s, Ted Lapidus bought the license to produce Envol  perfume from Lancome and sold it under his own name as well as a Lancome branded perfumed deodorant spray for a short time. This was reformulated by Roger Pellegrino from the original Lancome version. Both the Ted Lapidus Envol and the packaging for the Lancome Envol deodorant spray have the same theme.

So what does the reformulated version smell like? It is classified as a sharp, floral chypre perfume for women with a more pronounced ozonic aldehyde note with fruity and woody notes.

  • Top notes: aldehydes, citrus notes, narcissus, hyacinth, 
  • Middle notes: rose, jasmine, carnation, tuberose, fruits, galbanum
  • Base notes: myrrh, patchouli, musk, leather, amber, sandalwood, oakmoss

Envol by Ted Lapidus was available in the following:
  • Perfume
  • 1.7 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
  • 3.4 oz Eau de Toilette Spray
  • 6.8 oz Eau de Toilette Splash
  • Eau de Parfum

Envol by Ted Lapidus was discontinued by 1991.

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