Saturday, November 19, 2016

Messire by Jean d'Albret c1961

Messire by Jean d'Albret: launched in 1961. “Messire” is an obsolete French word meaning “sire,” “master," or “squire.”





Town & Country, Volume 119, 1966:
"Count D'Ornano - Mayor of Deauville, owner of fast horses, collector, connoisseur, man of multiple interests — heads Jean D'Albert, source of Messire. Named after Henry IV, known in his youth as Messire de Navarre. And besides this there are, naturally in favor of men, Messire Cologne, After Shave, Soap, etc. But particularly important - Messire's Lacto-Derme, a creamy liquid formula vigourous opposed to the drying elements of high winds, storm and parching sun."


Fragrance Composition:


So what does it smell like? It is classified as a citrus aromatic fougere fragrance for men.
  • Top notes: verbena, lemon, bergamot
  • Middle notes: coriander, lavender
  • Base notes: amber, oakmoss, rosewood, benzoin, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver


Fate of the Fragrance:


Discontinued in 1977 with the closing of the independent Jean d'Albret company. According to various vintage newspaper advertisements the Jean d'Albret name was co-branded alongside Orlane, who had acquired the Jean d'Albret brand and other associated fragrances such as Ecusson and Casaque in the 1960s.

In 1980 it was being "introduced" as "Messire by Orlane". However, this too is discontinued and can be hard to find.



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