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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Gardenia c1857?

Gardenia: Originally created around 1857, then relaunched in 1935?

L'Artiste, 1857
"Je n'entends pas par parfum tous les bouquets distillés par Guerlain, et qui exhalent la violette, la clématite, le volcaméria, la verveine, le gardenia, et toutes les brises du printemps, mais je ne sais quoi qui s'échappe d'une ravissante toilette ..."
"(I do not mean all the bouquets distilled perfume by Guerlain, and exhale purple clematis, volcaméria, verbena, gardenia, and all the breezes of spring, but I do not know what that escapes from a lovely toilet ...)"

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is a bouquet evoking very fresh summer flowers based on the theme of gardenia.


Presented in the Carre flacon (parfum), the quadrilobe flacon (parfum), in the Goutte flacon (eau de toilette). Gardenia was advertised in The New Yorker as being put up in new bottles in 1936 (possibly the Montre flacon for eau de cologne).

photo by drouot

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. Still being sold in 1953.

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