Quelques Fleurs (Vintage) by Houbigant in 1913: LIVE Video Sniff
Hey Hey All You Happy Huffers, Portia from AustralianPerfumeJunkies with you again and today Margeaux (David) and I are thrilled to bring you a vintage fragrance that has been reformulated into another fragrance entirely. We are sniffing the fabulous historical magic of an older Quelques Fleurs formulation before IFRA started changing the world. As usual we are flying blind and don’t get all our facts right. This is entertainment, hopefully you’ll enjoy out madness.
Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Orange blossom, green notes, tarragon, bergamot, lemon, citruses
Heart: Carnation, tuberose, orchid, lilac, orris root, jasmine, heliotrope, ylang-ylang, lily-of-the-valley, rose, violet, iris
Base: Sandalwood, tonka bean, amber, musk, civet, oakmoss, honey and vanilla.
The Scent Critic says better than I ever could: Houbigant, its creator, was a favourite fragrance house of Marie-Antoinette’s. Allegedly, she tucked three vials of Houbigant fragrance down her décolletage to wear to the guillotine. Napoleon loved the perfume house, too. There were Houbigant ‘pastilles’ – an early way to scent the air – burning in the room where Bonaparte died, but lest we get maudlin here, Queen Victoria – not to mention her Russian Tsar cousins – were crazy for Houbigant while very much alive.
And Quelques Fleurs itself – which by rights ought to be one of the most famous fragrances in the world, but somehow isn’t – was a ground-breaking scent in its own right: the quintessential (as the name suggests) floral, in which jasmine and rose waltz around heady ylang-ylang, in a swagged, crowded ballroom of a scent which features no less than 313 different essences.
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