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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hope by Frances Denney c1952

Hope by Frances Denney: launched in 1952.



Fragrance Composition:



So what does it smell like? It is classified as an oriental fragrance for women. It begins with an citrusy aldehydic top, followed by a sweet floral heart, resting on a warm, powdery base.

  • Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, peach, lemon, geranium, coriander, cinnamon
  • Middle notes: lily of the valley, carnation, Bulgarian rose, Florentine orris, ylang ylang, orchid, jasmine absolute
  • Base notes: vanilla, musk, Argentine guaiac, vetiver, sandalwood, amber, benzoin, tonka, civet, incense


Woman's Home Companion, 1952:
"Frances Denney's Hope toilet essence. It's new! $2.75."

Mademoiselle, 1976:
"Hope. A perfume. Only for those of us who live with the feeling that what is wanted, will happen. It's the story of my life. It's Bulgarian roses, for Heinrich, my first love, an exchange student. Jasmin Absolute, from the South of France, for the Son of the Pretender to the Throne of a country I cannot name. Florentine Orris, for my life in art with Michelangelo and David. A very erotic oil, oil of Guaiac wood, from the jungles of the Argentine, for Domenico, my guide through Gran Chaco, the famed 'Green Hell'. It's light, buoyant and alive and wildly romantic and very adventurous. Hope Fragrance Collection by Frances Denney."


The New Yorker, 1978:
"HOPE...Not just because it's the Christmas season, but because you want your own fragrance. A quiet original— a fragrance that blends jasmine, and lily of the valley, geranium and rose, with just the barest touch of musk. HOPE is intimate, and lingering, and created a memory of just you.  If you want your own awareness - now is the time for Hope. The Real Beauty in the crowd Frances Denney."



K.T. Maclay's Total beauty catalog, 1978:
"HOPE by Frances Denney, $3.75-815.00. Made for the romantic snow queen with tinsel in her hair, Hope wafts on free and winsome— before caroling, while wassailing, at brunch, unwrapping presents beneath the tree on a sparkling Christmas morning. A winter fragrance. Innocent? But of course! Naive? Never!"

New Woman, 1998:
"Indulge yourself with fragrance — Interlude, a mysterious oriental bouquet, or Hope, a warm, sensual, spicy scent with a hint of vanilla."

Fate of the Fragrance:


 Hope is still in production, but has suffered from reformulation.

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