Book Club Discussion Idea from Scent of Triumph – The Aromatrack for Vintage Perfumes

ShalimarSince one of my books is about a French perfumer, I thought it would be interesting to bring another dimension of the senses—the olfactory sense—to the reading experience, especially for those in book clubs.

As I was writing, I would often set the scene—my own writing venue—with true-to-the-period (1939-1947) perfume, music, and, truth-be-told, the occasional glass of wine or snifter of cognac. (Of course, I won’t pretend that I was swilling a fine period wine from the 1940s, but I can make some good suggestions for more recent vintages!)

Joy mid-sizeGood discussion questions for bookclubs include: What are YOUR favorite vintage fragrances? Women’s or men’s or both. Do you have any vintage fragrance memories of family members or first loves? I have a special affinity for vintage perfume, and avidly follow the works of perfumers, both vintage and new.

So, light a few candles, uncork the wine, and sniff these perfumes to your heart’s content. Leave a comment to share your favorites from this list, or add your own vintage favorites, or perfume that appeared in other books. And, if you’d like to contact me for a book club or fragrance event, here’s how:

Part I – Europe
• Normandie by Jean Patou (1935)
• Shalimar by Guerlain (1925)
• Chanel No. 5 (1921)
• Joy by Jean Patou (1930)
• Cocktail by Jean Patou (1930)
• Habanita by Molinard (1921)
• Après L’Ondée by Guerlain (1906)
• Narcisse Noir by Caron (1912)
• Quelques Fleurs L’Original by Houbigant (1912)

• Spanish Leather by Geo. F. Trumper (1902) English
• Chanel Eau de Cologne (1929) Unisex
• Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain (1904)
• Jicky by Guerlain (1889)
• Eau de Cologne du Coq (1894 ) Unisex
• Dunhill for Men (1934)

Part II – America
• Tabac Blond by Caron (1919)
• Vol de Nuit by Guerlain (1933)
• En Avion by Caron (1932)
• Bandit by Robert Piguet (1944)
• Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden (1934)

• Old Spice by Shulton (1937)
• Lavanda Imperiale by Santa Maria Novella (1937)
• Madrigal by Molinard (1935)

Part III – Europe
• Nuit de Noël by Caron (1922)
• Cuir de Russie by Chanel (1927)
• Pour Une Femme de Caron (1942)
• Ma Griffe by Carven (1946)
• L’Heure Attendue (1946)

• Citrus Bigarrade by Creed (1946) Unisex
• Portugal by Geo. F. Trumper (1938)

Hope you enjoy!

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