Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"Des Parfums" : Identifying Game



I was recently cleaning an old bookshelf and found this antique of a book "Learn French as the French do as if you were in France". Okay, perhaps this authors should learn some better English before making anymore book titles, but thats beside the point ;) After flipping a few pages I found an interesting photo amongst a group of photos which teaches you how to pluralize commonly used words. This photo is titled "des parfums" and I have been able to identfify a few of the bottles so far, for some of them I have put my best guesses. The remaining perfumes: I have no idea. I've placed a letter corresponding to each along the photo. My attempts are added in red text in the image at the bottom of the post. If anyone thinks they've got some good guesses I'd love some help with these! All photos can be clicked on for an enlarged view. I will of course have a fragrant prize for whoever can name them all ;)

A - Dior Eau Fraîche (Carmen Canada)
B -
C - Carven - Ma Griffe (Dimitri)
D - Vintage Caleche (Dimitri)
E -
F - Rochas Femme (Carmen Canada)
G -
H -

9 comments:

Dimitri:THE REDOLENT ONE said...

What a cool find! :)
"D" looks to be a vintage bottle of "Caleche" from the 60s.
Compare it to this one here...
http://www.auctiva.com/hostedimages/showimage.aspx?gid=240410&image=196532204&images=196531051,196532204,196532217&formats=0,0,0&format=0

Parfum said...

thanks, I've added your answer to the post :)

Dimitri:THE REDOLENT ONE said...

"C" looks to be vintage Carven "Ma Griffe". It seems the striped box behind the Hermes belongs to this bottle instead :)
http://www.sarahsperfumes.com/catalog/images/ma%20griffe3.JPG

Parfum said...

right you are, I wasn't sure if it was ma griffe, or madamme, or perhaps something else as I had never seen a ma griffe with the sideways text, but you're definitely right as per your photo! :)

Dimitri:THE REDOLENT ONE said...

You make a good point. Actually that sideways text is printed on a silk ribbon that is attached to the neck of the bottle, and sits in front of a printed gold label. The only reason I've assumed it as being Ma Griffe, is because their boxes differ, and from what I can see... the one behind the Hermes is the Ma Griffe.

Parfum said...

yes I agree with you, its identical to the box you showed, so the silk wrap on the front is something which is removed I suppose when the seal of the parfum is broken ?

I was starting to think that E could be Norell, although I have never seen a Norell with such a square bottle or label. Le Galion is the only other house I could think of which used that shape of stopper, althought theirs was a bit shorter. Some of these are a real mystery I think.

carmencanada said...

The A is Dior Eau Fraîche (a Roudnitska cologne said to be inspired directly by Coty Chypre), and behind the F, the bottle with the lace motif on the cap should be Rochas Femme.
Dimitri is right about Ma Griffe: I have several vintage bottles with the ribbon, they are the earliest.

Parfum said...

thanks alot for the additional answers, I have posted them up on the main blog. I'm going to change my contest here and give little presents to all the participants seeing that I have multiple answers from different people now. I'll let everyone know as soon as we fill the list up :)

Parfum said...

I had a feeling the A was a Dior from the bottle shape and cap, but had no clue what it was :)