Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Conquête c1935

Conquête by Lancôme: launched in 1935. Created by Armand Petitjean. Conquête was launched alongside  four other new perfumes (Tropiques, Kypre, Tendres Nuits and Bocages) at the June opening of the Universal Exhibition in Brussels.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral chypre perfume with intense notes of rose and leather.
  • Top notes: lemon, orange, neroli, bergamot
  • Middle notes: Bulgarian rose, ris, jasmine
  • Base notes: leather, musk, galbanum, oakmoss, patchouli, sandalwood, amber

Armand Petitjean:
"Conquete, a concentrated fragrance of roses on a chypre base, will please any woman who likes to be noticed when she enters the theatre or a restaurant." 

Armand Petitjean:
"Conquête was a demonstration of mine. It was a symbol of conquest.  It was 
necessary to conquer the world to make the reputation of Lancome's willpower."


Flacon below was designed by Georges Delhomme and manufactured by Verrières de la Bresle.

Fate of the Fragrance:

 During WWII, importations of Lancome fragrances such as Tropiques, Tendres Nuit, Fleches, Cuir, Conquete, Bocages, Peut Etre, and Kypre were halted and did not return to US soil until 1946.  Discontinued in 1965.

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