Saturday, February 28, 2015

ON EBAY!! Vintage 1920s DJEDI Parfum Baccarat Flacon with Box

On ebay this week!! Vintage 1920s Djedi Parfum Extrait in Baccarat crystal bottle with original box. There is about 25% of the original perfume still inside. Base of bottle has the Baccarat acid stamp. Bottle stands 3.5" tall.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Idylle Love Blossom c2014

Idylle Love Blossom by Guerlain: launched in 2014. Created by Thierry Wasser. It is a limited edition fragrance found only at exclusive international airports.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: green leaves, lilac, and honey
  • Middle notes: rose, and jasmine
  • Base notes: musk, and woody notes
It is available as eau de toilette.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

L`Instant Magic Elixir c2009

L`Instant Magic Elixir by Guerlain: launched in 2009.

So what does it smell like? t is classified as a Floral Woody Musk fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: bitter almond
  • Middle notes: orchid
  • Base notes: white musk and Tahitian vanilla
Unfortunately, this fragrance has been discontinued by Guerlain.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ON EBAY!!! Vintage 1990s Guerlain Perfume Dramming Case

This is only the second known case that I have seen. This is a very rare, Guerlain perfume organ used across the United States in retail stores at some Guerlain perfume counters to dram perfume into mini bottles as a gift with a Guerlain perfume purchase in the early 1990's - 1996 to be exact. Each bottle size is approximately 8 fluid ounces, has a label, and a glass dropper with a rubber top.

 The faux blue leather box (outside measurements are 16 & 1/2 inches wide, 16 & 1/2 inches tall, and a little over 6 & 1/2 inches deep), the interior has an upper row and a lower row for the bottles, the inside back is a plastic mirror that has issues due to perfume being spilled during it's travels. Each bottle is held in place by a metal clamp secured against the back. There are slots for 24 bottles, however only 19 have survived over the years. There is a little dust on the inside due to age. The outside hinges and handle are in working order and in good condition. There are some nicks to the outside box and some of the covering on the outside bottom has worn off. The latches have a key hole, but no keys. Overall excellent condition.

The fragrances are as follows along with the date written on the label which is the date of the scent's creation;
  • Eau de Cologne Imperiale 1853 - 1/2 full
  • Shalimar 1925 - 7/8 full
  • Champs Elysees 1996 - 1/2 full
  • Samsara 1989 - 1/4 full
  • Mitsouko 1919 - 1/5 full
  • Jicky 1989 - almost 1/2 full
  • L'Heure Bleue 1912 - 1/3 full
  • Eau de Fleur de Cedrat 1920 - 1/4 full
  • Eau de Guerlain 1974 - 1/2 full
  • Eau de Cologne du Coq 1894 - over 1/2 full
  • Jardins de Bagatelle 1983 - 1/6 full
  • Vol du Nuit 1933 - 1/2 full
  • Chamade 1969 - 1/5 full
  • Apres L'Ondee 1906 - 1/2 full
  • Nahema 1979 - 1/3 full
  • Parure 1975 - almost 1/6 full
  • Habit Rouge 1965 - over 1/2 full (small chip on opening of bottle)
  • Vetiver 1959 - almost 1/3 full
  • Heritage 1992- 1/3 full (small chip on end of dropper)

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ON EBAY!! Vintage GUERLAIN Extrait L'Heure Bleue 623 Unopened, Sealed Box

Vintage GUERLAIN Extrait L'Heure Bleue 623 Unopened, Sealed Box

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L'Instant de Guerlain c2003

L'Instant de Guerlain by Guerlain: launched in 2003. Created by Maurice Roucel.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as floral oriental fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: mandarin and bergamot
  • Middle notes: magnolia, iris, ylang-ylang, and sambac jasmine
  • Base notes: white honey, amber, vanilla, benzoin, and musk

Monday, February 16, 2015

La Route de la Soie - Limited Editions c1999

In 1999, Guerlain issued Samsara, Champs Elysées, and Shalimar in limited edition boxes and bottles for a new collection called La Roue de la Soie, or the Silk Road.

The Silk Road:

As you can see from the photo below from National Geographic, the Silk Road, or Silk Route, is a series of trade and cultural transmission routes that were central to cultural interaction through regions of the Asian continent connecting the West and East by linking traders, merchants, pilgrims, monks, soldiers, nomads, and urban dwellers from China and India to the Mediterranean Sea during various periods of time

Extending 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometres), the Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative trade in Chinese silk carried out along its length, beginning during the Han dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). The Central Asian sections of the trade routes were expanded around 114 BC by the Han dynasty, largely through the missions and explorations of Chinese imperial envoy, Zhang Qian. The Chinese took great interest in the safety of their trade products and extended the Great Wall of China to ensure the protection of the trade route.

Trade on the Silk Road was a significant factor in the development of the civilizations of China, the Indian subcontinent, Persia, Europe, and Arabia, opening long-distance, political and economic interactions between the civilizations. Though silk was certainly the major trade item from China, many other goods were traded, and religions, syncretic philosophies, and various technologies, as well as diseases, also travelled along the Silk Routes. In addition to economic trade, the Silk Road served as a means of carrying out cultural trade among the civilizations along its network.

The main traders during antiquity were the Chinese, Persians, Greeks, Syrians, Romans, Armenians, Indians, and Bactrians, and from the 5th to the 8th century the Sogdians. During the coming of age of Islam, Arab traders became prominent.

The Venetian explorer Marco Polo became one of the first Europeans to travel the Silk Road to China, and his tales, documented in The Travels of Marco Polo, opened Western eyes to some of the customs of the Far East. He was not the first to bring back stories, but he was one of the most widely read.

A route for caravans, the northern Silk Road brought to China many goods such as "dates, saffron powder and pistachio nuts from Persia; frankincense, aloes and myrrh from Somalia; sandalwood from India; glass bottles from Egypt, and other expensive and desirable goods from other parts of the world." In exchange, the caravans sent back bolts of silk brocade, lacquer ware, and porcelain.

In June 2014, UNESCO designated the Chang'an-Tianshan corridor of the Silk Road as a World Heritage Site.

The Limited Edition Bottles

The eau de parfum bottle for Samsara was the usual Samsara flacon, but it had a gilded map design on the front, highlighting the various cities from the Silk Road. The mini flacon was simply the usual Samsara flacon but was housed in a special presentation box printed with the map theme.

Samsara was released in the following:

  • 50ml Eau de Toilette mini in a decorative box
  • 50 ml Eau de Parfum in decorative bottle
  • 30ml Scented Dew Roll On

Samsara's composition:

  • Top notes: bergamot, lemon, ylang-ylang, peach and green notes
  • Middle notes: jasmine, iris, narcissus, violet and rose
  • Base notes: sandalwood, vanilla, Tonka bean, amber, and musk

The mini flacon was simply the usual Shalimar flacon but was housed in a special presentation box printed with a black floral pattern.

Shalimar was released in the following:

  • Eau de Toilette  mini in a decorative box
  • 50 ml Eau de Parfum 

Shalimar's composition:
  • Top notes: bergamot, lemon, mandarin, rosewood
  • Heart notes: rose, jasmine, orris, vetiver, patchouli
  • Base notes: ambergris, opoponax, vanilla, civet, Peru balsam, benzoin, Tonka bean, leather

Today, the name La Roue de la Soie is used for a perfumed candle sold by Guerlain, is directly inspired by the scent of Samsara.

Silk Road info from wikipedia.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Stalizia Grandiflora c1886

Stalizia Grandiflora by Guerlain: launched in 1886. Created by Aime Guerlain. It appears to be a scientific name for a flowering plant.

So what does it smell like? I have no published notes on this composition.

Discontinued, date unknown.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

ON EBAY!!! Vintage 1940s UNE ROSE Parfum in Quadrilobe Flacon w/Box

ON EBAY THIS WEEK!!! Vintage 1940s UNE ROSE Parfum in Quadrilobe Flacon w/Box.

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ON EBAY!!! Vintage 1940s JASMIN Parfum in Quadrilobe Flacon w/Box

ON EBAY THIS WEEK!!! Vintage 1940s JASMIN Parfum in Quadrilobe Flacon with Original Box.

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ON EBAY!! Guerlain Limited Edition Signed by Roja Dove c1998

ON EBAY THIS WEEK!! Guerlain Limited Edition Flacon Signed by Roja Dove c1998. Roja Dove worked with Guerlain for nearly 20 years; after a number of years he was honoured with the position of Global Ambassador, the first non-Guerlain family member to be given the role, and eventually became known by the industry as the world's sole Professeur de Parfum.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ON EBAY! Rue de la Paix Parfum

Here are several bottles of the rare perfume Rue de la Paix by Guerlain listed on ebay this week. Click HERE to see ebay listing Click HERE to see ebay listing #2 Click HERE to see ebay listing #3
Rue de la Paix: Created by Jacques Guerlain in 1908. Possibly only in USA in 1922.

What does it smell like? It is classified as a soft floral fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: bergamot, orange blossom
  • Middle notes: jasmine, rose, peach, lilac, carnation
  • Base notes: sandalwood, orris, ambergris, musk

Still available for sale in 1955. Discontinued (date unknown)

Thursday, February 5, 2015

ON EBAY!! Vintage 1940s A Travers Champs in Baccarat Quadrilobe Flacon with Box

ON EBAY!! Vintage 1940s A Travers Champs in Baccarat Quadrilobe Flacon with Box. This is a rare find and still has perfume inside.

Vintage A Travers Champs Parfum Extrait Flacon

ON EBAY! Vintage 2.7 oz Shalimar Parfum Extrait Bottle

Measuring approx. 6 3/8” tall x 4 1/4” wide x 2” deep (at the top), this is a huge vintage bottle of Shalimar perfume.

Vintage Shalimar 2.7 oz Parfum Extrait Flacon

ON EBAY! - L'Heure Bleue Wartime Bottle - Scarce

On eBay this week - Vintage Guerlain Perfume Bottle L' Heure Bleue, 80 CC War Time Edition 1938-1945. Bottle is 4 1/4" in height and 2 1/2" in width at largest point.  Bottle on base has paper label "80 CC".

L'Heure Bleue Wartime Flacon

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Poudre de Cygne

Poudre pour adoucir et rafraichir la peau dite duvet de Cygne (Swan's down powder),  a face powder created for the usage of blonde hired women.

Gouttes Parfumées - Scented Pocket Drops

Guerlain's Gouttes Parfumées (Scented Pocket Drops) were small, pocket sized glass tubes holding perfume. The cylindrical vials were topped by ground glass ball stoppers. These bottles are very rare and can be very hard to find. They most likely date to around 1860s-1880s.

Some perfumes that could be found: Spring Flowers, Fleurs de Serre, Frangipane, and more.

Creme Patti

Creme Patti by Guerlain was a face cream used to fade age spots or freckles and to whiten the complexion. It was sold in porcelain jars. The cream was named after the famous singer Miss Adelina Patti.

You can read more about Madame Patti's Cold Cream here.

Public Opinion, Volume 3, 1887:
"It is said that Mme Patti has not washed her face for years. She believes that the use of water upon the face brings wrinkles and only cold cream or what is known as the bath of Isis composed rose water and glycerine. French women who are enameled never allow water to touch their face shoulders or arms. They wipe them dry with a towel every morning and then with a soft small sponge rub on an ointment that is prepared for the purpose rubbing it out again with square of very fine white flannel."

The Pall Mall Budget: Being a Weekly Collection of Articles, 1887:
"Does Mdme Patti wash her Face? Is the New York paper which alleged that Mdme Patti never washed her face with soap but used cold cream instead for fear of wrinkles is a mendacious print. We have seen the original of the famous letter which the great prima donna addressed to the Messrs Pears It runs in this wise I have found Pears soap matchless for the hands and ramplexz on We might have overlooked the fact had not the alert soap makers addressed the following letter to us We observe in your issue of the 1st inst your query Is Mdme Patti s face never washed? This question we can answer emphatically authoritatively and affirmatively Mdme Patti is especially particular in respect of her choice of toilet soap and we have for years supplied her. In order that you may publicly deny the truth of the statement in the American paragraph that Mdme Patti's face is unacquainted with soap we enclose herewith for your perusal an autograph letter from Mdme Patti respecting the advantages resulting to her complexion from the use of a soap which we need not particularize. We know at any rate that Messrs Pears send the soap whatever becomes of it."

Town Topics, the Journal of Society, 1893:
"To keep your powder on, there is one famous article from Guerlain's, called "Creme Patti." The Comtesse de B. always uses it, and she is certainly the best-arranged woman in France. You put it on all over your face and rub it well in."