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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sous Le Vent c1932

Sous le Vent by Guerlain: launched in 1932 in USA by 1934. Created for Josephine Baker.

Original Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as an aromatic chypre fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: cyclamen, anise, bergamot, galbanum
  • Middle notes: jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, ylang ylang, verbena, tarragon, lavender, myrtle
  • Base notes: oakmoss, balsamic notes and musk

Reformulated Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a leather chypre fragrance for women.
  • Top notes of bergamot, lavender, tarragon
  • Middle notes of jasmine, carnation and a green accord
  • Base notes of iris, oakmoss, leather and precious woods

A 1932 ad in Marshall Field & Company's catalog mentioned:
"Guerlain's new perfume, Sous Le Vent, rises from its irregular bottle as soft and alluring as a southern breeze lingering over a garden of flowers."


Originally presented in a bottle called the Rayonnet (parfum) in 1934 in various sizes also used for Vol de Nuit, from 1949-1972, it was housed inside a bottle shaped like a small keg, the Tonnelet (parfum). Also presented in the quadrilobe flacon (parfum), Goutte flacon (eau de toilette) and the Montre flacon (eau de cologne).

photo by ebay seller jajezus

image: eurofinegifts

Fate of the Fragrance:

Still available for sale around 1954. The perfume was discontinued sometime around 1972. 
It was reformulated by Jean Paul Guerlain and relaunched in 2006, as part of Guerlain's 'Il Etait Une Fois' collection, in which old fragrances from the Guerlain catalog are being revived in limited editions.

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