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Monday, March 20, 2017

Murasaki by Shiseido c1980

Murasaki by Shiseido: launched in 1980. Created by Jean-Claude Astier.

The name translates to "purple" which is reflected in the bottle design which features purple accents. The name also refers to Lady Shikibu Murasaki, the Chinese royal court figure of the 11th century who penned the love story "Tale of Ghenj".

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a green floral fragrance for women. It begins with a green top, followed by a green floral heart, resting on a sensual, woody, powdery base.
  • Top notes: gardenia, galbanum, peach, hyacinth and bergamot
  • Middle notes: chrysanthemum, orris, lily, orris root, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, and rose
  • Base notes: leather, sandalwood, amber, musk, oakmoss and vetiver

Cosmopolitan, 1980:
"The mystery, the allure of the Orient infuses Shiseido's Murasaki. Named for the legendary Lady Murasaki, the blend is pure liquid opulence ... notes of lily, rose, iris, and chrysanthemum with deeper accents of green ferns and mosses. Truly a fragrance for a geisha (or for you!) in you. 1/2 oz $50."


The original bottle for Murasaki is a deep amethyst purple glass with purple packaging. This was discontinued at some time.

Murasaki was available in the following:

  • 0.40 oz Parfum
  • 0.5 oz Parfum Splash
  • 2 oz Eau de Parfum Splash
  • 0.27 oz Eau de Parfum Mini Splash
  • 0.67 Eau de Parfum Pure Mist Spray 
  • 2 oz Eau de Parfum Pure Mist Spray 
  • 3.3 oz Eau de Parfum Pure Mist Spray
  • Solid Perfume Fan Compact
  • 0.03 oz Solid Perfume Cylindrical Pendant

Fate of the Fragrance:

The Murasaki fragrance was reformulated and relaunched in a new bottle during the 1990s. The new bottle is clear glass with purple accents.

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