Category: Crown Perfumery

Crown Perfumery Crown Heliotrope, 1939

Perfumer unknown. New materials create spikes in the market. Witness the glut of Cool-Watery perfumes using dihydromyrcenol, ‘radiant woods’ of the iso-E super school and the ongoing norlimbanol-heavy ‘dry woods’ craze. Better still, look at the explosion of violet, lilac, heliotrope perfumes from the turn of the 20th century. These early soliflors were hugely popular and traces of their style…

Crown Perfumery Malabar, 1919

  (image The Lady with the Veil by Alexander Roslin) Perfumer William Thomson Crown Perfume is now defunct, having been bought and unceremoniously dropped by Clive Christian. Apparently, he just wanted the crown image/bottle. I find it a little tough to draw a bead on Malabar not for its old-fashioned tone, but because what I sniff today might have nothing to do with…

Crown Perfumery Crown Rose, 1873

Image source unknown. Perfumer William Thomson Crown Perfumery is no longer. Clive Christian closed the line kit and caboodle not long after he bought it in 1999.  Apparently he wanted just the crown-capped bottle.  He trashed one of Britain’s historically significant perfume companies and kept the hideous, tacky top to the bottle. The baby and the bathwater come to mind.…