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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cachet by Lucien Lelong

Pictured: Vintage Cachet Cologne by Lucien Lelong

Alas! the Master list!


Perfume house established by Jean Francois Houbigant in 1775.

Houbigant Fougère Royale (1882) was the first perfume to use the synthetic coumarin, and is thus sometimes called the first modern perfume. Quelques Fleurs, introduced in 1912, was “the first modern floral-bouquet perfume” (Scents of Time, p. 95). Both fragrances were discontinued in the 1950s, then relaunched in the 1980s. Fougère Royale is no longer made; Quelques Fleurs, along with the flanker Quelques Fleurs Royale, is now almost all that remains of the Houbigant prestige fragrance line (others include Houbigant Apercu, first released in 1925, and Duc de Vervins).

Other historical Houbigant fragrances that were originally introduced as prestige scents, such as Chantilly (1941) and Raffinee (1982), have long since been repositioned as mass-market fragrances.

Houbigant’s ownership is too complicated to relate in detail. The firm filed for bankruptcy in 1993, then was acquired (along with Dana) by Renaissance Cosmetics in 1994. Renaissance filed for Chapter 11 in 1999; its brands were acquired by New Dana Perfumes, later renamed Dana Classic Fragrances. Dana Classic Fragrances still sells Chantilly and a few other Houbigant perfumes, but they do not use the Houbigant name.

FYI - Vintage Chantilly by Houbigant can be had for a song on ebay.

Quelques Fleurs l`Original
Quelques Fleurs Royale

Chantilly by Houbigant

Chantilly by Houbigant is a Oriental fragrance for women. Chantilly was launched in 1941.

Perfumer: Paul Parquet.

Top notes: are fruity notes, neroli, bergamot and lemon; middle notes are spices, carnation, jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose and orange blossom; base notes are leather, tonka bean, musk, benzoin, oakmoss, vanilla and sandalwood.

Pictured is my own vintage bottle of Chantilly.

Tabu by Dana

1957 magazine ad for the new aerosol spray colognes.

Tailspin by Lucien Lelong

Picture shows Tailspin by Lucien Lelong. Was originally part of a 3 piece set.

Evening in Paris by Bourjois

Evening in Paris made by Bourjois. It was a big hit in the 50's, along with the fragrance Blue Waltz.

It is still made by Bourjois but has been renamed to Soir a Paris, which is French for Evening in Paris.

Heaven Sent by Helena Rubinstein

Heaven Sent was originally formulated by Helena Rubinstein in 1941.

In the 50's the company was purchased by Mem. They eventually quit making it due to sales not meeting quotas. Dana reformulated it and put it back on the market again due to high demand.
Now, You can find both MEM brand and Dana brands on the market.

*  Infinate Grace makes a version of Heaven Sent by Irma Shorell, Inc. I hear that Infinate Grace uses the original formulation, but I have not been able to track this one down. Yes, I took the posters words at face value. Infinate should be spelled Infinite.

Forever Krystle by Carrington/Revlon

Forever Krystle was first introduced in 1984 by Carrington. Named for the Krystle Carrington character, played by Linda Evans, on the television series, Dynasty.

The fragrance was made by Yves St. Laurent, at that time a part of Charles of the Ritz, Ltd. which was owned by Revlon. Later on, YSL would buy his company back from them.

Revlon also launched Scoundrel perfume for Krystle's nemesis, Alexis Carrington Colby, Blake Carrington's first wife, played by Joan Collins.

Scent: Oriental Floral with notes of bergamot, mimosa, musk and rose.
Pictured: Mini Parfum

Pictured: My mini bottle of the parfum. 

Byzance by Grenoville

 Byzance by Grenoville was introduced in 1926  

Grenoville established by Paul Grenoville at 20 rue Royale, Paris in 1879. 

Associated with Marie Marthe Richard Vive (1910); After 1923 affiliated with Parfise, acquired Parfums de Clamy in 1943