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Friday, February 3, 2017

Fairy Tale of Tsar Saltan by Novaya Zarya c1949

Fairy Tale of Tsar Saltan by Novaya Zarya: launched around 1949. It was released in honour of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Pushkin alongside two other perfumes: Queen of Spades, and The Tale of the Fisherman and the Fish.


Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral chypre fragrance for women. The scent was described as " an amazingly persistent, heavy, pleasant odor of the chypre variety, reminiscent of te beloved ancient legends of deepest antiquity."
  • Top notes: violet, bergamot, carnation
  • Middle notes: orris, oregano, sage, lavender
  • Base notes: white musk, patchouli, oakmoss, ambergris, sandalwood

'The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of his Son the Renowned and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich, and of the Beautiful Princess-Swan' is an 1831 poem by Aleksandr Pushkin.

The story is of three sisters, of whom the youngest is chosen by Tsar Saltan to be his wife, while he makes the other two his royal cook and royal weaver. They are jealous of course, and when the tsarina gives birth to a son, Prince Gvidon, they arrange to have her and her child ordered to be shut up in a barrel and thrown into the sea. The sea itself takes pity on them, and they are cast up on the shore of a remote island Buyan. The son, having quickly grown while in the barrel, goes hunting. However, he ends up saving an enchanted swan from a kite. The swan creates a city for Prince Gvidon to rule, but he is homesick, and the swan turns him into a mosquito. In this guise he visits Tsar Saltan's court, w he stings his aunt's eye and escapes.

Back in his distant realm, the swan gives Gvidon a magical squirrel. But he continues to pine for home, so the swan transforms him into a fly, and in the Tsar's court he stings the eye of his other aunt. In a third round he becomes a wasp (or bee) and stings the nose of his grandmother. In the end, he expresses a desire for a bride instead of his old home, upon which the swan is revealed to be a beautiful princess, whom he marries. He is visited by the Tsar, who is overjoyed to find his wife and newly-married son.


The frosted and clear glass bottles are made in exceptional Russian folk pattern representing traditional woman folk costume with stoppers molded in the shape of a kokoshnik, a headdress symbolizing Russia. The large cologne bottle measures 3 3/4" tall and the smaller parfum bottle stands  3 1/2" tall. They are housed in a papier mache box measuring 7" long x 4 1/2" wide x 2" tall.

Fate of the Fragrance:

The perfume was discontinued sometime in the 1980s and can be extremely hard to find.

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