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Friday, April 28, 2017

Adolfo by Frances Denney c1978

Adolfo by Frances Denney: launched in 1978. Created as the signature fragrance for Adolfo Sardina, the Cuban born fashion designer.  He had a salon at 36 East 57th Street in New York.  Sardina, who has never used his surname professionally, started designing hats in New York in the early 1950's and opened a millinery salon in 1963.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like?  It is classified as a sweet floral fragrance for women. The fragrance was reportedly made of 200 precious oils and rare spices. It starts with a fruity, aldehydic top, followed by a pronounced tuberose, exotic floral heart, resting on a powdery base.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, citrus oils, fruit notes, green notes
  • Middle notes: tuberose, jasmine, narcissus, rose, lily of the valley, orris
  • Base notes: sandalwood, cedar, musk, oakmoss

New York Magazine, 1978:
"The beauty of Adolfo. To wear over your shoulder or all over your body. A fragrance of quintessential styleSurround yourself with Adolfo Perfume. 1 oz. $75.00: 1/2 oz. $45.00. Perfume flacon. 2 oz $18.50. Cologne 2 oz. $1500 Cologne Spray. 2 oz. $16.00 And talk to our fragrance experts at the Frances Denney counter."

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. Still being sold in 1987. This fragrance is not to be confused with the fragrance by Adolfo Dominguez.

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