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Friday, February 1, 2013

Verveine c1840

Verveine: created by Aime Guerlain in 1840, originally an extrait based on verbena.






A 1840 article in La Mode mentions:
"L'autre semaine, j'ai parlé de l'eau de verveine de Guerlain." 
(The other week I talked about water verbena de Guerlain)
It was again mentioned in The Court, magazine for ladies, 1844:
"Quand on parle des mouchoirs de Chapron, il faut parler des essences de Guerlain , car le plus riche mouchoir gagne bien quelque chose quand il a reçu deux ou trois gouttes d'extrait de verveine, de géranium ou de toute autre composition dont Guerlain garde le secret" 
(When we speak of Chapron handkerchiefs, we must speak of species Guerlain, because the richest handkerchief wins something good when he received two or three drops of extract of verbena, geranium or other composition.)

In Le Journal des demoiselles of 1886:
"Les cosmétiques de la maison Guerlain sont excellents ; les matières employées de premier choix, la manipulation parfaite. ... Pour le mouchoir, les odeurs à succès sont : le Guildo, frangipane, verveine, violette et rose, héliotrope blanc"  
(The Guerlain cosmetics are excellent materials used first choice, perfect handling. ... For the handkerchief, smells success are: Guildo, frangipane, verbena, violet and pink, white heliotrope.)

A 1903 article in Harper's Weekly mentions this fragrance:
"Guerlain's “Heliotrope," as well as his “ Verveine,” are justly appreciated lag Parisiennes of the highest elegance."

Bottles:

Originally presented in the ‘Carré’ bottle and the Bee bottle, also presented in the flacon Lanterne.



photo by ebay seller looknforperfs

 It was popular into the early 1930's when it was sold in the "Lanterne" flacon, then it was discontinued. 

Later released as Eau de Verveine in the 1960s, presented in the Napoleonic bee bottle. It sold into the 1980s and then discontinued.



Eau de Verveine. So what does it smell like? It is composed with notes of lemon verbena, carnation, lime, bergamot, verbena, balsam, clove, civet, oakmoss.

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