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Perfum Gold

Vintage perfume purse sprays: from left: Lalique ‘de Lalique’, Jean Patou ‘Sublime’, Cartier, Lanvin (by Cartier), Cartier ‘Must’. Vintage creme/solid perfumes: Paloma Picasso, Jean-Louis Scherrer no.I, and Bulgari ‘Femme’ (Click photo to enlarge).

Now, with the holidays ahead, many stores try to seduce us with the most beautiful evening clothes and accessories for these days. And now that the clutch, that little chique ladies bag, is hotter then ever, you can find them in all price ranges. But what do you take all along in such a small bag? A lipstick….maybe a handkerchief. And don’t forget your perfume purse spray! Our grandmothers used them, our mothers, they are availble in countless models and shapes. Many luxury perfume brands have them in their range.

And now that the clutch is hotter then ever, the beautiful refilable perfume purse sprays are also making their ‘comeback’. That make them the perfect accessories for this season, and to the perfect gift…

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Annick Goutal ‘Grand Amour’ 15ml Eau de Parfum refillable purse spray (Click photo to enlarge).

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Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Purse Spray

Chanel ‘Coco Mademoiselle’ Eau de Parfum Purse Spray set (Click photo to enlarge)

Chanel No.5 Eau de Parfum Purse Spray

Chanel ‘No.5’ Eau de Parfum Purse Spray set (Click photo to enlarge).

Gucci Flora Mademoiselle Eau de Toilette Purse Spray set

Gucci ‘Flora’ Eau de Toilette Purse Spray set (Click photo to enlarge)

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Calypso Figue Eau de Parfum purse spray (Click photo to enlarge)

GUCCI BY GUCCI EAU DE PARFUM PURSE SPRAY

Gucci ‘by Gucci’ Eau de Parfum purse spray (Click photo to enlarge).

Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Refillable Travel Spray Set

Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Purse Spray Set (Click photo to enlarge).

Christian Dior Purse Spray Blue

Christian Dior Purse Spray Set (Click photo to enlarge).

Every holiday season it’s a suprise wich brand brings us what.  Great are the, mostly limited edition, cremer solid perfumes. They come in the most fantastic shapes, sometimes like a Fabergé egg or a small compact powder, as a charm or pill box. But always they turn out to be true collecors items. Famous are the ones from Estée Lauder almost every year.

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Houbigant Quelques Fleurs Solid Compact Perfume (Clickphoto to enlarge).

Apothecary Cherry Blossom Solid Perfume Charm

Apothecary Cherry Blossom Solid Perfume Charm (Click photo to enlarge).

Crabtree & Evelyn Evelyn Rose Solid Perfume Compact

Crabtree & Evelyn: Evelyn Rose Solid Perfume (Click photo to enlarge)

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Marc jacobs Daisy Solid Perfume Ring (Click photo to enlarge)

by Jean Amr

The Jean Patou experience

Create the perfect legacy with Jean Patou. From its historical home in Rue Saint-Florentin, Paris, the house of Jean Patou returns to creation of bespoke perfume, following an offering of the combined expertise of high-perfume and haute couture.

Just like designer Jean Patou, the approach of the house today discovers the secret tastes of the exceptional customer to embed his or her passions in an unique and personal fragrance.

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Jean Patou ‘Bespoke Parfum’ (Click photo to enlarge).

The production of a haute couture fragrance is a work of art, an object of desire, a distincitve monogram, designed with the most precious natural essences, those whose names remind us of a beautiful poem. May Rose, Jasmine from Grasse, Mimosa, Champaca, Iris of Florence, Chinese Osmanthus, Sandalwood Mysore …. A painting of life whose palette carries the colors of ones passion giving the ultimate olfactory reflection of oneself.

When ordering the Bespoke Experience, the client will receive their fragrance in a 100ml Jean Patou octagonal bottle made by Baccarat, designed by Louis Sue and personalized with the name or initials of choice. The gift box will be beautifully presented made by one of three possible baggage specialists: Pinel & Pinel, Elie Bleu or Norline. Marcel Franck will accompany the fragrance with two magnificent purse atomizers.

Developed over an approximate period of one year and a minimum number of three consultations. The process starts with a meeting face to face with the in house perfumer Thomas Fontaine in which the client expresses their tastes and shares olfactive memories which merge with the imagination of the ‘nose’.   Always at the clients disposal, the perfumer then creates proposals by sending samples and adjusting with feedback until the client is happy with his or her formula. After six months of testing and maceration, 5 litres of perfume will be stored safely for refills. Creating a fragrance with Jean Patou is a unique opportunity to become part of the rich heritage of our private perfume archives dating back nearly 100 years, started by our founder Jean Patou. This also means that the record is protected for the client and their future generations to re-order.

To make an appointment for this truly unique experience exclusively at:

Jean Patou Laboratory

9, rue Saint Florentin, Paris.

by Jean Amr

Tom Ford Black Orchid, Ultimate Seduction

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Tom Ford Black Orchid Parfum ‘Lalique’ Limited Edition (Click photo to enlarge).

There is always something, a moment in time, that sets us off on a different trajectory in life. That first kiss, first touch, first taste of the luxe… For me, the first whiff that set me on the path towards haute fragrances was Christian Dior Jules. Addicted to this scent, occasionally you come across something new. Up until then I had enjoyed a few good perfumes, but they were mostly ‘mass’ market labels,  Then I discovered Tom Ford Black Orchid. And as Tom Ford put it, it was decades of minimalism up until that point.

Tom Ford Black Orchid Perfume Parfum

Tom Ford Black Orchid Parfum ‘Lalique’ Limited Edition (Click photo to enlarge).

For his very first debut fragrance release, Tom Ford envisioned a bold, sultry scent. It starts out with a big bang, seductive patchouli and earthy black truffle shot through with sparkling bergamot, mandarin and citrus. Once you clear your head of the citrus, a heady bouquet of plumy florals shine through. Ylang ylang, French jasmine, black gardenia and that rare “Tom Ford Black Orchid”. The latter was supposedly specially cultivated just for Mr Ford’s olfactory pleasures, although I think it is the idea of a rarefied black orchid rather than actual distillation of juice that has given birth to this outstanding fragrance.

Tom Ford Black Orchid Perfume Parfum

The first few times I tried wearing Black Orchid I noticed it’s longevity of wear. You need to know how to use, and got the dosage right (just a single short spray, from a 30cm distance) so you can enjoy the fragrance. It’s vèry important otherwise you would think that it’s such a heavy fragrance and that you invariably end up with ‘a headache’. It’s made in the old tradition, so use it as in the old tradition!

This is not about an ordinary orchid, it’s about something a little more strange and rare. I wanted the blackest orchid, and those aren’t easy to find

Tom Ford

After the initial burst, Black Orchid settles down into a warmer, slightly less obnoxious scent with some creamy vanilla notes tampered by spicy sandalwood, incense and warm amber. There are some who prefer the initial heady sensation of the scent, but for me, I actually really enjoy the long drydown. It is much less acrid on the nose, yet stays very true to the character of Black Orchid.

Black Orchid is opulent, classically dark; its fragrance is in line with the best creations of the best perfume houses. Luxurious and sensual fragrance with rich dark trace of black orchid and spices, modern and timeless. It remains to be said that Black Orchid is long lasting and with wide spread aura. It is also one off the longest-lasting fragrance I have worn, remaining consistent and only fading gently as the day extends out into the night.

Tom Ford Black Orchid Perfume Parfum

Tom Ford Black Orchid Parfum ‘Lalique’ Limited Edition (Click photo to enlarge).

What a deep scent this beauty is. Dark and mysterious. beautiful & sexy scent. I’m slightly embarrassed to say, but I love it! Embarressed because some of you would say it’s ‘a female’ fragrance, but I regard it as a unisex scent. Longevity and sillage are awesome. It is, it is by no means a new fragrance. Tom Ford Black Orchid has been in existence since 2006 and was created by perfume creators of fragrance company Givaudan. It is as impactful today as it was back then. And as it gets cooler and we head into the party season, I find myself reaching for Black Orchid more and often. For sure, I have no illusions of being able that it does the same thing to me as how Tom Ford wears his clothing, but regardless, Black Orchid has become the scent with which I hope to make an impression (lol). Just like how you all have the red lipstick or the little black dress that you turn to in times of need. Whether you end up falling in love or hating it, Tom Ford Black Orchid forces you to look up and take notice. And whether worn on male or female, it will eventually seduce you and lure you in….

  • Topnote:    French jasmine, black truffle, ylang-ylang, black currant and effervescent citrus, bergamote, mandarine
  • Heartnote:  Lotus, Black Orchid, Lotus, Gardenia
  • Basenote:   Patchouli, sandelwood,dark chocolate, incense, amber, vetiver, vanilla and balsam

I Love Tom Ford. I love Lalique, I love Art Deco and I love black! Can you imagen how happy I am with this handmade limited edition Lalique black crystal bottle…. ?… No, I don’t open it. It’s to precious!

The perfume is luxurious and the product range includes Eau de Parfum in 50ml (at US$90) and 100ml (at US$135) bottles, and limited edition of 5.000, 15ml handmade Lalique bottles of Parfum at US$600. The distribution is vèry limited.

by Jean Amr

Elizabeth Arden

Florence Nightingale Graham (December 31, 1878 – October 18, 1966), who went by the business name Elizabeth Arden was born in 1878 in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada. Her parents had emigrated to Canada from Cornwall, United Kingdom, in the 1870s. Her father, William Graham, was Scottish and her mother, Susan, was Cornish and had arranged for a wealthy aunt in Cornwall to pay for her children’s education. Arden dropped out of nursing school in Toronto.

She then joined her elder brother in Manhattan, New York, working briefly as a  bookkeeper for the E.R. Squibb Pharmaceuticals Company. She then worked, again briefly, for Eleanor Adair, an early beauty culturist, as a ‘treatment girl’. While there, Arden spent hours in their lab, learning about skincare.

Florence Nightingale Graham, who went by the business name Elizabeth Arden, was became a businesswoman who founded what is now Elizabeth Arden, Inc., and built a cosmetics empire in the United States. At the peak of her career, she was one of the wealthiest and well know women in the world!

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Elizabeth Arden: “every woman has the right to be beautiful.” With that philosophy, she launched advertising campaigns to help normalize the use of makeup across the country.

In 1909 Arden formed a partnership with Elizabeth Hubbard, another culturist. When the partnership dissolved, she coined the business name ‘Elizabeth Arden’ from her former partner and from ‘Tenneyson’s poem ‘Enoch Arden’. With a $6,000 loan from her brother, she then used the shop space to open her first salon on 5th Avenue.

In 1912 Arden traveled to France to learn beauty and facial massage techniques used in the Paris beauty salons.She returned with a collection of rouges (blushers) and tinted powders she had created. Arden was, in 1914, the first to introduce modern eye makeup to North America after her formal training in Paris.

In 1915 Elizabeth Arden married Thomas j. Lewis, an American Banker. By this marriage, she was automatically a naturalized American citizen. In the same year started to operate and Arden international she opened salons around the world, all with a red door, her trademark. Arden collaborated with A. Fabian Swanson, a chemist, to create a ‘fluffy’ face cream. The success of the cream, Venetian Cream Amoretta, and corresponding lotion, Arden Skin Tonic, led to a long-lasting business relationship. This revolutionized cosmetics, bringing a scientific approach to formulations.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream re edition

Elizabeth Arden’s most famous, ’till today: Eight Hour cream. Here in a new re-edition .

And by the 1930s, yes, in the middle of the Great Depression, her company was bringing in roughly $4 million a year! In 1934, she opened the Maine Chance residential spa in Rome, Maine, the first destination beauty spa in the United States.It operated until 1970. Ardens passion in her work led in 1934 to a divorce. A second marriage to a Russian Prince lasted only thirteen months.

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Elizabeth Arden, 1930’s. By the end of the 1930s it was said; ‘There are only three American names that are known in every corner of the globe: Singer sewing machines, Coca Cola, and Elizabeth Arden’.

1935 saw the launch of Blue Grass fragrance. It quickly became one of the most successful Elizabeth Arden scents.

Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass

Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass

Around 1940 Arden launged ‘White Orchid’ perfume. Other makeup innovations included creating foundations that matched a person’s skin tone; creating the idea of the “Total Look” in which lip, cheek, and fingernail colors matched or coordinated; and the first to make a cosmetics commercial shown in movie houses. During the second World War, Elizabeth Arden saw that market changed.  She saw the changing needs of the American woman entering the work force. She showed women how to apply makeup and dress appropriately for careers outside the home. She developed and brought a lipstick on the market in the ‘Montezuma Red’ color, a color that is applied at the red in the uniforms of the female soldiers.

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Elizabeth Arden Pink Violet, 1950’s (Click photo to enlarge).

Marilyn Monroe on the way to shopping at Elizabeth Arden Salon

Marilyn Monroe on the way to shopping at Elizabeth Arden Salon (Click photo to enlarge).

In the years Elizabeth Arden has many famous clients like Marilyn Monroe, the Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan III, Nina Dyer Aga Khan and Martine Carole. Elizabeth Arden wasn’t only famous for her salons and Spa’s. She offerd a lot more! For (vèry) special clients, she offered treatments at home. She also sended ‘her’ hairdressers when they where needed….

Signed to Roger Flor, 1er coiffeur Elizabeth Arden, 1959 (29 x 39 cm)HH Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan, signed for Roger Flor 1er Coiffeur Elizabeth Arden, 1959 (photo signed by Sam Levine)(Privat Collection) (Click photo to enlarge).

Nina Dyer Aga Khan Elizabeth Arden

Nina Sheila Dyer Aga Khan signed for Roger Flor 1er Coiffeur Elizabeth Arden (photo signed by Tony Armstrong John, Pimlico Road studio )(Privat Collection) (Click photo to enlarge).

Elizabeth Arden circa 1960

Elizabeth Arden, circa 1960 (Click photo to enlarge).

In recognition of her contribution to the cosmetics industry, she was awarded the ‘Lègion d’Honneur by the French government in 1962. Later in her life, Arden was one of the first women to appear on the cover of Time magazine, and one of her horses won the Kentucky Derby (can you imagine the parties she must have thrown?!), but it’s undeniable that the greatest accomplishment of her lifetime was her legacy of breaking barriers and making the world a more awesome place.

Arden died at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan in 1966; she was interred in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Sleepy Hollow, New York, under the name Elizabeth N. Graham. Her company was at that time worth between $35 and $45 million, and they possessed more than a hundred beauty salons all over the world.

Elizabeth Arden is now still a reputable name, but had some different owners. Acquired by Eli Lilly & Co in 1971; bought by Faberge in 1987, merged into Unilever in 1989. Later the Company split into two smaller companies: Elizabeth Arden and Parfums International. The Elizabeth Arden side, looked after all of the Arden cosmetics and fragrances, while Parfums International created fragrances for Nino Cerruti, Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld and Chloe.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Capsules

Elizabeth Arden’s bestseller and Holy Grail: Ceramide Capsules. It moists and restores. Perfect to take with you on holydays! Unisex and easy to use: One capsule for the whole face, neck, and whats left… for the back of your hands! (Click photo to enlarge).

On 31st October 2000, Unilever sold it’s Arden business, to US company, FFI Fragrances for $225 million, as part of Unilever’s program to shed operations that ‘don’t meet the company’s strategic needs’.

FFI is based in Miami Lakes, produce fragrances by Bogart and Halston. On completion of sale, FFI decided to trade under the Arden name., included in the sale was the Elizabeth Taylor brands of Passion and White Diamonds. Unilever kept control of the Parfums International brands (Cerruti, Valentino, Lagerfeld and Chloe). The current company name is still Elizabeth Arden.

In 2002, Catherine Zeta-Jones became Elizabeth Arden’s ‘face’ and corporate spokesperson. Catherine said; “I have read masses about Elizabeth Arden. She was a visionary, and I am proud to be a part of the company she created,” and; “As Miss Arden said, ‘to be beautiful and natural is the birthright of every woman,’ and I wholeheartedly agree with her philosophy, and dare I say, conviction to her dream.”

In 2003, Elizabeth Arden acquired the license for Gant USA fragrances from Romella.

In 2003, Elizabeth Arden Graham was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

After Ardens death the company founded itself partly, next to their skincare and makeup, on the development of perfumes. With classics like ‘White Orchid’, ‘On Dit’ and ‘Blue Grass’, a new Elizabeth Arden perfume was marketed under the name ‘Red Door’, named after her famous trademark (all her salons were equipped with a red front door). Furthermore, the company brought perfumes out for celebrities as Elizabeth Yaylor, Hilary Duff, Britney Spears and Mariah Carey.

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Elizabeth Arden actif on African market (Click photo to enlarge).

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Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Ceramid Moisture Cream Complex, Serum and Eye Gel (Click photo to enlarge).

Today, the company she founded brings in over a billion in sales and gives generously to causes including New York City’s public schools, Save the Children, and the Look Good…Feel Better campaign, which helps boost the morale of cancer patients.

by Jean Amr

Dior Les Extraits: Miss Dior, Miss Dior Original, Diorissimo, J’Adore, Poison parfum editions

Dior Les Extaits Christian Dior Les Extaits  Poison Parfum, Miss Dior Extrait de Parfum, J’Adore Parfum,  Diorissimo Parfum and Miss Dior Extrait Parfum Original.

This isn’t exactly new news, but because the bottles are so perfect in their Extrait de Parfum form that they needed to show off a bit for flacon fanatics who hide in the confines of Yakymour.

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Christian Dior Miss Dior Extrait de Parfum

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Christian Dior Miss Dior Extrait de Parfum Original

Since Miss Dior, created by Christian Dior in 1947 to accompany the launch of his couture label, Dior fragrances have truly made their mark thanks to their scope of influence and the use of the noblest of materials. Over 60 years after creation, François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator since 2006, continues boldly and passionately.

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Christian Dior Diorissimo Extrait de Parfum

François Demachy has revisited some of Dior‘s iconic fragrances to create a collection special editions. The collection named Dior Les Extraits is made up of five perfumes that are renowned for their rich feminine scents. The five J’Adore Extrait de Parfum, Poison Extrait de Parfum, Diorissimo Extrait de Parfum, Miss Dior Extrait de Parfum and Miss Dior Extrait de Parfum Original, are some of the best perfumes ever made in the world. The Extraits stands at the top of the fragrance pyramid as the primary expression.They are made from rich natural ingredients extremely high in concentration that reacts differently to each person’s skin. It takes three thousand Rose De Mai Absolute roses to obtain a kilogram of essence to create the extract used in this collection.

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Christian Dior Extrait de Parfum

The compositions are re-arranged and overseen by in-house perfumer Francois Demachy, which means that fans of Miss Dior Le Parfum in particular, should give a side by side comparison between the recent (which won many fans) with the all too recent and let us know what they think. It means good news for both Diorissimo and Miss Dior Original which were attenuated in their last iteration in Extrait de Parfum.

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Christian Dior J’Adore Extrait de Parfum

The five fragrances available as perfume extract are housed in extraordinary flacons created in Saint Jean de Braye, France, retaining the characteristic shape that made them famous and gaining additional decoration. All five editions from Dior Les Extaits:  Miss Dior Extrait de Parfum, Miss Dior Extrait de Parfum Original, Diorissimo Extrait de Parfum, Poison Extrait de Parfum and J’Adore Extrait de Parfum are are available as 0.5 oz (15 ml) priced at $175.

Soon more of these beautiful fragrances here on Yakymour…