Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lavandes c1941

Lavender by Lancome: launched in 1941. Created by Armand Petitjean.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It was a soliflore fougere fragrance based on the various species of lavender, described as "a bright freshness with an insistent background of lavender"
  • Top notes: citrus
  • Middle notes: lavender
  • Base notes: tonka bean, sandalwood, musk


The bottle was made up of frosted glass that resembled work done by Lalique, even a vintage advertisement claims the bottle was by Lalique, however, it was designed by Georges Delhomme and manufactured by Verrières de la Bresle.

Period Advertisements:

Cue, 1954:
"It's Lancome's "Lavandes," made from the subtlest of the "nose herbs" that grow along the Alpine slopes of Southern France and differ from English lavender, or so its defenders say, in being lighter, yet sweeter. Its use? Ask a Frenchwoman. Lavandes will be on cosmetic counters March 15th, in Lalique basket bottles that suggest the baskets carried by ..."

The New Yorker, 1954:
"Lancome's Lavandes, a stimulating lavender water from France, is $8.25 for four ounces."

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued around 1975.

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