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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Black Casket by Novaya Zarya c1947

Black Casket by Novaya Zarya: launched in 1947. Chyornyi Larets  (Tchernyi Larets)  черный гроб

The perfume was created by Vitkovskaya A.P.

Black Casket was imported into the United States by an American company known as The Russian Shop, who imported various Russian fragrances in the 1960s.

The name was said to be changed to "Treasure Chest" by 1961.

 Anglo-American News - Volume 28, 1961:
"Russian marketing experts show an acute sense of the problems of product presentation and merchandising in foreign markets. For instance, a big-selling perfume on the Soviet domestic-market, Black Casket, has been renamed Treasure Chest."

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a spicy floral amber (oriental) fragrance for women. It begins with a sweet, floral green top followed by a rich floral heart, resting on an oriental base. It was suggested to be worn as an evening perfume for romantic occasions.

  • Top notes: peony, lily of the valley
  • Middle notes: carnation,  rose, chrysanthemum
  • Base notes: amber, vanilla, sandalwood, spices

The fragrance made use of the following aroma chemicals: isoeugenol and hydroxycitronellol.


The bottle has a beautiful cone-shaped ground-glass stopper that has eight faceted sides. The sides of the bottle are mostly frosted glass with areas of clear glass toward the top. In the clear-glass area, eight arrows point downward at regular intervals around the sides of the bottle. The gently rounded arches between the arrows are almost architectural in appearance, suggesting the doors or windows of a Russian Orthodox church.

The eau de cologne bottle stands 4.75" tall and the parfum bottle stands 4" tall. The base should have a round gold metallic paper label.

The bottle design is also reflected in the detailed pictures on the box. The bottles rest on a base lined with green or white satin fabric. The gift sets hold a bottle of parfum and eau de cologne.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Grace,I bought one of those today! Still has some perfume in it! Was wondering about it!


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