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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Kriss c1942

Kriss: Created by Jacques Guerlain in 1942. It was renamed Dawamesk in 1945.

I found reference to this perfume as well as Coque D'Or in a 1946 issue of Realites, a French publication:
"Two creations: Kriss, Coque D'Or. The latter is presented in a luxurious flask, gold and violet, in the form of a noed papillon, that you will see doubtless this winter, for it is reserved to the exportation. Here, the 2 and a half ounces are worth 2,200 francs."

Dawamesk is a pastry-like green paste or baked good, a form of 'cannabis jam', mixing hashish with oil, butter, orange juice, cinnamon, cloves, sugar, ginger, rose essence, pine kernels, nutmeg, cardamom, vanilla, pistachio, almonds and musk; plus sometimes Cantharides (Spanish fly).

The pastry is consumed in India and Arabic speaking countries and was already known in the ancient Near East.


Fragrance Composition:

What does it smell like? It is classified as an oriental fougere fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: lavender, bergamot, orange blossom, violet
  • Middle notes: jasmine, rose, ylang ylang, lily of the valley, sage, cinnamon, leather and animalic notes
  • Base notes: tonka bean, oakmoss and musk


Packaged in the blue crystal Noed Papillon flacon (parfum) by Baccarat and Pochet et du Courval. Also available in the quadrilobe bottle (parfum).

photo by ebay seller 2010bankstarman

photo by ebay seller 2010bankstarman

photo by ebay seller 2010bankstarman

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown, still sold until 1945, then it was renamed and relaunched as Dawamesk.

You can read more about Kriss on a friend's website here.

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