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Thursday, March 12, 2015

ON EBAY!!!! Marechale Extrait c1800s

I believe that Marechale was launched in 1873 and was still being sold in 1888.

Many perfumeries created their own version of a Marechale blend. It was originally created around 1669 as a sachet powder for Madame La Marechale D'Aumont, wife of Antoine, Marshal of France, by a Court parfumer. This sachet powder was created to match the color of her hair and was used to powder her coiffure, it included powdered elecampane root and vetiver (also found in Bouquet du Roi, another Guerlain concoction).

Poudre a la Marechale included: rose, elecampane, vetiver, iris, cloves, violet, orange, lavender, and marjoram.

 Crown Perfumery in England still makes a version and is a classical chypre floral fragrance with notes of bergamot, cardamom, lavender, rose, leather and oakmoss. .

Here is an old 1800's era recipe for Marechale perfume, which may have been similar to Guerlain's.

Marechale Bouquet Perfume

  • Clove oil 10 ml 
  • Sandalwood oil 10 ml 
  • Musk essence 1 oz 
  • Ambergris essence 1 oz 
  • Neroli spirit 2 ozs 
  • Tonka tincture 2 ozs 
  • Vanilla essence 2 ozs 
  • Orris tincture 2 ozs 
  • Vetiver spirit 2 ozs 
  • Rose spirit 4 ozs 
  • Orange flower extrait 4 ozs 


Pommade a la marechale c1847

Take 4 lbs prepared and when melted, add 2 lbs pomade a la fleur oranger, 1 lb a l'acacia, 1 lb a la rose, 4 lbs au jasmin. The whole having semi congealed is perfumed with the following:

  • 1 oz essence of bergamot 
  • 4 oz essence of cloves 
  • 1 oz balsam of Peru 
  • 1 drachm essence of sassafras 
  • drachm essence of cinnamon 
  • drachm essence of rhodium 
  • a drop of essential oil of anise 
  • 4 drachms essence of amber and of musk 

Impart a color with one ounce of powder a la vanille and oz of pulverized bergamot peel.

To read more on Marechale, visit this link: http://madameisistoilette.blogspot.com/2012/12/making-brown-hair-powder.html

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