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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Atuana c1952

Atuana: Created in 1952 by Jacques Guerlain. This scent was crafted to honor the artist Gauguin's love of Tahiti. The name was inspired by the island of Atuona.

From a 1952 article in the New Yorker magazine,
"Guerlain's new Atuana (the name is Polynesian, and implies irresistible temptation or mad desire or something equally incandescent) is, at first sniff, a little like chypre. It dries into a subtle, warm, spicy scent, faintly reminiscent of carnations. $30"

A 1952 article in Cue Magazine describes Atuana as:
"Supernatural powers are promised to the wearer of Guerlain's warm and heady new scent, Atuana ($14 per 2/3 oz), which means "goddess in the South Seas regions which inspired it."

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an aromatic fougere fragrance for women with an amber and vanilla base.
  • Top notes: basil, honey, lavender, cyclamen
  • Middle notes: jasmine, lily, orchid, angelica, vetiver, patchouli, leather, incense
  • Base notes: oakmoss, amber and vanilla


The extrait bottle named "Gratte Ciel" (skyscraper) was made by Baccarat, an eau de cologne version is in a Pochet et du Courval flacon. Also sold in the Baccarat quadrilobe flacon. 

photo by ellenaa

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. Still being sold in 1960. 

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