Category: 1919

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…

digging (into) vintage: Guerlain Mitsouko, 1919

(image, Françoise Hardy 2013. Source telestar) Perfumer Jacques Guerlain. Mitsouko’s most charming quality is that it suggests an aging face. Remember back in the day when people aged visibly? Qualities like patience, endurance, maybe even wisdom suggested that there was a reward to having come out the other side of youth and middle-age. Of having gained something. There is something deserving,…