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Famous Fragrances Throughout History

Posted on February 06, 2015 by Emily Villanueva

There is a certain allure that comes with the classics, and this is especially true of fragrances. For example, Marie Antoinette wore "Jardin Secret," a fragrance by Parisian perfume house Lubin that was rediscovered and revived as "Black Jade" in 2011. A spicy chypre floral, Jardin Secret/Black Jade is opulent and feminine-- the scent embodiment of Marie Antoinette herself. That's the power behind perfume: its ability to complement and create identity, which is an important aspect of being a public figure.

Here's a roundup of historical fragrances with their famous fans. Let's take a look!

Jicky by Guerlain

Worn by Brigitte Bardot, Jicky is considered the first "modern" perfume in the industry's history. It was the first "abstract perfume" in a sea of "figurative perfumes," and is the oldest perfume in continuous existence (it was first manufactured in 1889).

Created by Aime Guerlain (the son of the Guerlain's founder Pierre Guerlain), Jicky was inspired by a young woman Aime was enamored with. The juxtaposition of bright and aromatic top notes with a warm, spicy base makes this Oriental Fougere contrasting and surprising, much like the dynamic duality of coy sensuality that Bardot was famous for.

Shalimar by Guerlain

Shalimar is another legendary perfume from the house of Guerlain. In production since 1921, it was actually the result of a playful experiment by Jacques Guerlain (Aime's nephew). One day, Jacques poured a whole bottle of sweet vanillin into Jicky, and Shalimar was born.

Shalimar, which means "temple of love" in Sanskrit, was a direct product of the 1920's fascination with the Far East. While Art Deco style flourished and films like Casablanca glamorized Morocco, Guerlain took inspiration from the Taj Mahal and the mythical gardens of Pakistan. Heady, exotic, and mysterious, Shalimar is not for the faint of heart, and has thus been popular with many starlets and entertainers. 

Joy by Jean Patou

Declared by Jackie O. as her signature scent, Joy is one of the most successful fragrances in history and is respectfully referred to as "the world's most expensive perfume."

With 10,600 jasmine flowers and 336 roses, Joy smells like "a light avalanche of flowers from the east and west" according to the Patou website. It is a white floral in its purest sense. Decadent yet delicate, and classy like no other, just like Jackie O.

Chanel No. 5 by Chanel

Chanel No. 5 is arguably the most iconic fragrance of all time. Launched in 1921, Chanel No. 5 was a trailblazer and a multitude of "firsts." It was the first to be created specifically for women (historically, fragrances were unisex); the first to be marketed by a fashion house; and the first created using revolutionary alchemy techniques. It was also the first to be advertised during the Super Bowl, and the only perfume immortalized in Andy Warhol's art.

The story goes that Chanel's perfumer Ernest Beaux made a variety of vials for Coco Chanel to test out, and she chose the fifth vial, hence the name. An intoxicating blend of rose, jasmine, and aldehydes, it is very widely worn. But the most well-known of its wearers is Marilyn Monroe, who famously said that Chanel No. 5 was all she wore to bed. 

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A Look Back at Fragrance

Posted on August 18, 2014 by Tijon Fragrance Lab

The fragrance industry is an amazing one to work in, because unlike many industries, it is not a flash in the pan. People have been utilizing fragrance for centuries and will continue for centuries to come. This is a result of its social and practical impact. From a social perspective, fragrance has been used as a way to showcase your status within society. Wealthier people often have large fragrance wardrobes plastered with well-respected fashion company or celebrity names. The fragrance you wear has become as important as the brand you wear for celebrities and the well to do. Also, your fragrance is a way to express yourself just as the outfit you wear or the things you say.  From a practical standpoint, it's simple, Fragrance makes you smell good and attracts people to you!

The Fragrance Industry at a Glance

Fragrance as an industry and a part of various cultures has been around since biblical times. Frankincense and Myrrh, for example, are oils used in fragrances. Since then, there has always been trade in scents and by the year 2008, the fragrance industry had become a $10b industry. Today women often have a fragrance wardrobe of up to six perfumes, keeping one for different occasions as well as a “signature scent”. You often hear the phrase my daytime and scent and my evening scent, the ladder often being bolder. With each woman having as many as six fragrances, you can see why the fragrance industry is so huge!

History of the Fragrance Industry

People have been using fragrance, in some fashion, for thousands of years. Like in any industry, their have been different trends and fragrance has been used in lesser or greater amounts dependent on fashion whims. Some of the earliest users of perfumes were the Egyptians. Early Egyptians used perfumed balms as part of religious ceremonies and lovemaking rituals. Myrrh and Frankincense were exuded gums from trees used to scent the atmosphere in various rituals. Other plants such as peppermint and rose were steeped in oils until a perfume formed. The perfume was then rubbed into the skin. In a way, fragrance has come full circle, as people today use fragrance and essential oils in the same ways the early Egyptians did thousands of years ago.

Products that enhance the feel of skin and the smell of the body have been highly valued in many cultures throughout history. Early trade routes allowed the transfer of spices from one culture to another.  With this sharing of spices, a wider range of scents could be made in different parts of the world.

Aromatherapy and the use of essential oils, which is gaining momentum in todays “healthier” society, has been a practice for centuries. As I mentioned in the beginning of this article, the fragrance industry is one that has always been around and isn’t going anywhere. For this reason, Tijon Fragrance Lab and Boutique is proud to spread great smelling fragrances and essential oils to our customers. For more information on Tijon, visit us online at www.tijon.com.

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