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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Candide Effluve c1921

Candide Effluve: Created by Jacques Guerlain in 1921 but only launched the following year; in USA by 1924.

Candide is a comic operetta based on the work by Voltaire. Candide is a beautiful virgin woman. The perfume is based on the "fragrance of a innocent young woman (virgin)."

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a powdery floral amber fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: violet, lilac, bergamot, heliotrope
  • Middle notes: lily of the valley, rose, ylang ylang, patchouli, benzoin, jasmine
  • Base notes: orris, heliotrope, amber


The perfume was presented in a ‘Lyre’ bottle and the Flacon Brun Fume, made by Baccarat, starting in 1933.

Available in the Quadrilobe flacon (parfum) by Baccarat and Pochet et du Courval.

Also available in the Goutte flacon (eau de toilette) by Pochet et du Courval.

photo by ebay seller voldenuit2

photo from ebay seller trust8909

Fate of the Fragrance:

It was still being sold in 1946, but was discontinued for many years but reissued in in 2007 as a limited edition in its historical bottle, the Brun Fume Baccarat crystal bottle. There are only 97 numbered bottles, which had a single production run in 1933, which were brought from the archives. The number engraved on each bottle is also rare and original. The bottle is housed inside of a velvet lined, lacquered presentation box. The reissue retailed for $2,600.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral oriental fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: bergamot, lemon, ylang-ylang, lilac, angelica, thyme
  • Middle notes: muguet, styrax, hyacinth, rose, jasmine, iris, heliotrope , myrrh
  • Base notes: amber, sandalwood, leather, orris, patchouli, vetiver, benzoin, tonka bean and vanilla.

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