J’adore Amour Amour

With Valentine’s Day mere hours away, who could resist the imagery of tantalizing scents wafting in and out of candlelit boudoirs?  From Marilyn’s unsolicited love affair with Chanel No. 5 to Louise Brooks’ amour of the honey and heliotrope in Amour Amour, a woman’s scent is but an olfactory prelude to her character.  En Paris, a defining moment in a coming-of-age girl’s life is when her mother takes her to pick out her first, and sometimes lifelong, perfume.

For me, as I age in silks and velvets and ferment in baths of honey and fig, I dream of Shalimar by Guerlain.  Bergamot, jasmine, citrus, vanilla, and iris unfold in a mysterious and magical love story set against the Taj Mahal.  I could lose myself in its intoxicating world.  But I must pull myself out and tell you a story of eau de colognes from past eras.

Here are some of my favorite vintage girls and their signature scents.

Marilyn Monroe & Chanel No. 5

Marilyn Monroe Chanel No 5

Marilyn Monroe & Chanel No 5

Floral aldehyde

Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, neroli, and ylang-ylang; middle notes: jasmine, rose, lily of the valley and iris; base notes: vetiver, sandalwood, vanilla, amber and patchouli

Bette Davis & Le De by Givenchy

Bette Davis and Le De by Givenchy

Bette Davis & Le De by Givenchy

Woody floral musk.

Top notes: Coriander, mandarin orange, tarragon, bergamot and brazilian rosewood; middle notes: carnation, lilac, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley and rose; base notes: sandalwood, amber, musk, oakmoss, and guaiac wood

Edith Piaf & Le Cinq De Molyneux

Edith Piaf and Le Cinq De Molyneux

Edith Piaf & Le Cinq De Molyneux

Floral chypre.

Top notes: caraway, cumin, plum, peach, bergamot , Brazilian rosewood; middle notes:  lilac, cabbage rose, orris root, jasmine, lilac, ylang-ylang; base notes: leather, sandalwood, benzoin, civet, leather, sandalwood, oakmoss  vanilla

Grace Kelly & Creed Fleurissimo

Grace Kelly & Creed Fleurissimo

Grace Kelly & Creed Fleurissimo

Floral.

Bergamot, tuberose, Bulgarian Rose, violet, Florentine iris, and ambergris

Greta Garbo & Vent Vert by Balmain

Greta Garbo & Vent Vert by Balmain

Greta Garbo & Vent Vert by Balmain

Floral green.

Top notes: lime, orange blossom, green notes, asafoetida, peach, basil, and lemon; middle notes: violet, freesia, jasmine, hiacynth, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, and rose; base notes: iris, sandalwood, amber, musk, oakmoss, sage, vetiver, and styrax

Jean Harlow & Mitsouko by Guerlain

Jean Harlow & Mitsouko by Guerlain

Jean Harlow & Mitsouko by Guerlain

 Fruity chypre.

Top notes: Bergamot, peach, and jasmine; middle notes: may rose, and spices (cinnamon); base notes: oak moss, vetiver, and wood

Josephine Baker & Joy by Jean Patou

Josephine Baker & Joy by Jean Patou

Josephine Baker & Joy by Jean Patou

Floral musk.

Top notes: aldehydes, peach, and leafy green; middle notes: rose, jasmine, ylang-ylang, and tuberose; base notes: sandal, musk, civet 

Natalie Wood & Creed Jasmal

Natalie Wood & Creed Jasmal

Natalie Wood & Creed Jasmal

Floral.

Top note: bergamot; middle notes: Italian and Moroccan jasmine; base notes: galbanum and ambergris

Madame Dubarry & Houbigant Cologne

Madame Dubarry & Hubigant Cologne

(Theda Bara as) Madame Dubarry & Houbigant Cologne

Floral.

Top notes: orange blossom, green notes, tarragon, bergamot, and lemon; middle notes: carnation, tuberose, orchid, lilac, orris root, jasmine, heliotrope, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, and rose; base notes: sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk, civet, and oakmoss

Louise Brooks & Amour Amour by Jean Patou

Louise Brooks & Amour Amour by Jean Patou

Louise Brooks & Amour Amour by Jean Patou

Floral.

Top notes: neroli, bergamot, wild strawberry, and lemon; middle notes: carnation, lily, lilac, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose, and narcissus; base notes: honey, musk, civet, vetiver, heliotrope

toujours. always. xo.

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