Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Qui Sait? c1946

Qui Sait? by Lancome: launched in 1937. Created by Armand Petitjean.

Peut-Être ("Perhaps" in French) became Qui Sait ("Who Knows" in French) in 1956, however I have found publications dating to as early as 1946 using the name Qui Sait (US Patent Office info). The reason for the name change is that it would be easier for Americans to pronounce.

The name Qui Sait was used previously by another French perfumer, Lournay in 1925.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Révolte c1936

Révolte by Lancome: launched in 1936. The name means "Uprising" in French, and was originally a perfume for men, but soon, women were taken to wearing it.  Reportedly, the name was unpopular in South and Central America as it translated to "anarchy" and "revolution".

It's name was changed to Cuir in 1939 as the name Révolte was being used by another company in South America. The perfume was slightly improved, created by Armand Petitjean.

The fragrance was also rebottled into a new flacon.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Magie Noire c1978

Magie Noire by Lancôme: launched in 1978. Created by Gérard Goupy. It was the first new fragrance from Lancome for a decade and has earned a place amongst its beloved classics.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

La Dragonne Perfume Bottle

The "La Dragonne" purse perfume bottle looks like a crystal prism, it has a gilded cap from which a ribbon is attached by a loop at the end

Climat c1967

Climat by Lancôme: launched in 1967. Created by by Gerard Goupil of Robertet Perfumers. This fragrance takes its name from the well-known eponymous novel by French author André Maurois. The English translation of “Climats de Lancome” is "ambience of Lancome.”

Etiquette Noire c1935

Etiquette Noire by Lancome: launched in 1935. Created by Armand Petitjean. It was available as a cologne.

La Vallee Bleue c1943

La Vallee Bleue by Lancome: launched in 1943. Created by Armand Petitjean.

So what does it smell like? It was a light, refreshing perfume with a dominant note of lavender.

  • Top notes: lemon, lime, petitgrain
  • Middle notes: lavender, tuberose, rose
  • Base notes: civet, amber, sandalwood, benzoin

Discontinued, date unknown. Still being sold in 1952.

Spoutnik Perfume Presentation c1958

In 1958, in order to commemorate the launch of Sputnik, Lancome introduced two Georges Delhomme designed "Spoutnik" limited edition perfume presentations, one was a blue tinted opalescent glass moon faced purse flacon for the perfume Magie. This bottle was also used for other perfumes. Only 100 bottles were manufactured.

And the second bottle was shaped like a crescent moon with a smiling face also in blue tinted opalescent glass attached to a cobalt glass base, this too was a limited edition of only 100 examples and was used for various perfumes.