Vintage Perfume AromaTrack – Classic Fragrance Guide

Shalimar by Guerlain, 1925 Vintage Perfume

Shalimar by Guerlain, 1925 Vintage Perfume

Vintage fragrances are tried-and-true perfumes that have flamed the hearts of lovers for decades.

Before writing Scent of Triumph, I wrote the Fabulous Fragrances books, gave countless media interviews about fragrance, and conducted training for Sephora and DFS stores around the world. The same question was always asked: “What are your favorite fragrances?”

So I thought I’d share an excerpt from an earlier post on vintage perfumes, which includes some of my favorite vintage fragrances for women and men. I’ve arranged them in sections for the reading of the novel; if you read it, you’ll discover why.

Scent of Triumph is about a female French perfumer from the 1940s, so it’s interesting to bring another dimension of the senses—the olfactory sense—to the reading experience, especially for those in book clubs.

As I was write, I  often set the scene—my own writing venue—with true-to-the-period perfumes that were available at that time, as well as music, books, and styles of the day.

Good discussion questions for book clubs 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? Can you share the history or memories of vintage fashion designers such as Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, or Jean Patou?

So, light a few candles, uncork the wine, and sniff these perfumes to your heart’s content. To find these fragrances, simply search online, or on Amazon or eBay. Leave a comment to share your favorites from this list, or add your own vintage favorites, or perfumes that appeared in other literary works. And, if you’d like to contact me for a book club skype call or fragrance event, here’s how:

Scent of Triumph AromaTrack

Part I – Europe
• Normandie by Jean Patou (1935)
• Mitsouko (1919)
• 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!

And let’s connect here:

14 thoughts on “Vintage Perfume AromaTrack – Classic Fragrance Guide

  1. I found your great blog through the WLC Blog Follows on the World Literary Cafe! Great to connect!
    This was a cool post. I remember some of these from my childhood. They would be on my mom’s, my aunt’s, my grandma’s dressers. And the men’s Old Spice. God every man in my family wore it! LOL

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