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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Shore's Caprice c1873

Shore's-Caprice: Created by Aimé Guerlain in 1873, an extrait for the handkerchief. Inspired by the sea, created for Comtesse Emanuella Pignatelli Potocka and then was the perfume Julia Forsell, the perfume was also erroneously called "Shaw's Caprice" and "Show Caprice" in some publications.




A special mention of this perfume is in the 1886 edition of Pour Etre Aimee: Conseils d'une Coquette by Louise Gagneur "Another perfume, completely special and original strong, it is the Shore's Caprice that suits especially to neutralize the too pronounced odor of certain furs."


Presented in the Carre flacon (parfum).


Journal des demoiselles - Page 62, 1874:
 "je vous signalerai parmi les meilleurs parfums le Shores Caprice, composé de plantes des bords de la mer le bouquet de Lord Seymour, ïe, Parfum de France fleurs nouvelles, de la maison Guerlain 15 rue de la Paix."


Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin: Les enfants du capitaine Grant, 1879:


Revuee Illustree, 1887:
 "le Shore's Caprice dont le parfum original convient aussi pour neutraliser l'odeur prononcée de certaines fourrures."
("The Shore's Whim which is also the original fragrance to neutralize the strong odor of certain furs.")


The New York Times, 1901





A popular perfume of the same era was called Caprice Bouquet or Caprice de la Mode, it may have been similar to Shore's Caprice.
  • 1 oz jasmine essence
  • 1 oz tuberose essence
  • 1 oz cassie essence
  • 1 oz orange blossom essence
  • 1/2 dram of civet tincture
  • 1 dram almond spirit
  • 5 minims nutmeg otto

This is a pleasing novelty. The nutmeg otto is in sufficient proportion to impart something of its peculiar character to the mixture and yet is so well disguised as to be unrecognizable by the majority of persons.


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