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Friday, August 25, 2017

Bittersweet by Ed Pinaud c1930

Bittersweet by Pinaud: launched in 1930.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does Bittersweet smell like? I have no actual notes on this composition, but I just tested some on my skin from my own bottle and it is a dry citrus scent, very lemony with a spicy herbal tang.
  • Top notes: citrus, lemon
  • Middle notes: spice
  • Base notes: herbs


The most famous bottle for Ed Pinaud perfumes was the figural bottle based on the Gone With the Wind character, Scarlett O'Hara. The splash bottle holds 4.75 oz Eau de Cologne. The bottle is clear glass with a molded swirl pattern to simulate the draping sweep of a skirt and has a small ivory plastic screw cap molded with a flower pattern on the top. The top of the bottle is covered by a large molded plastic overcap in the shape of Scarlett O'Hara herself. This overcap has a thick, dull gold finish that usually ends up having either crazing and cracks or some scuffs here and there.

The bottle measures just under 7.25" tall. This bottle originally held four different eau de cologne scents: Bittersweet, Magnolia, Apple Blossom and Flirt. The paper label on the base will identify the scent, but sometimes this label is missing. The Scarlett bottle was introduced in 1939 and was sold until 1942.

American Druggist, 1940:
"Pinaud of Paris and New York has obtained exclusive perfumer's rights to VIVIEN LEIGH Perfume in "the Wind" the use of all characters in the motion picture "Gone With the Wind," and has created a complete line of "Scarlett" toiletries to capitalize  on the expected two years or more popularity of the screen sensation. Besides perfumes, Pinaud has created a soap carved in the image of Scarlett O'Hara. Packages all bear autographed photos of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh."

Fate of the Fragrance:

This vintage perfume has been discontinued, date unknown. 

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