Friday, January 27, 2017

Stilboide Fluide

Stilboide Fluide was a liquid hair groom scented with various Guerlain fragrances over the years. It s similar to brilliantine and  was mainly an alcohol mixture scented with perfume oils. You might come across these today and notice that the contents have separated leaving the alcohol mixture at the bottom of the bottle while the scented oils rose to the top of the bottle.

I found an ad for the Stilboide Fluide as early as 1875.

1875 ad

1893 ad

Some of the earliest Stilboide Fluid scents were:
  • Bouquet
  • Chypre
  • Heliotrope
  • Makis
  • New Mown Hay
  • Pepita
  • Rex
  • Simplex
  • Violette

Stilboide Fluide was available in the following scents:

  • Champs Elysees
  • Cuir de Russie
  • Guerlilas
  • Hegemonienne
  • Jicky
  • L'Heure Bleue
  • Liu
  • Mitsouko
  • Shalimar
  • Sous Le Vent
  • Vague Souvenir
  • Vol de Nuit

The Delineator, 1935
"To pick up a wave with unexpected swiftness there are Yardley's Setting lotion, lavender-scented, has more convenient atomizer, and Guerlain's Water Lustrale. For that satiny sheen which a dash of brilliantine gives, I offer you Guerlain's Stilboide — perfumed with your favorite "Shalimar" - glamourous."

Pola Negri, c1920s, holding a Guerlain atomizer (spraying her coiffure with brilliantine).

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