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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant c1912

Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant: launched in 1912, created by perfumer Robert Bienaime, was one of the first floral bouquet ever produced.











Fragrance Composition:



So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral fragrance for women. It's dominant notes are lilac, rose, jasmine, violet, and orchid..
  • Top notes: aldehydes, violet leaves, bergamot, orange blossom, hyacinth, orchid, honey, tarragon, green note, lemon
  • Middle notes: heliotrope, lilac, jasmine, rose, carnation, ylang ylang, orris, violet, lily of the valley, clove, tuberose
  • Base notes: tonka bean, ambergris, oakmoss, musk, civet, vanilla and sandalwood


The heart of Quelques Fleurs contained the synthetic aroma chemical hydroxycitronellal, which gave it the rich lily of the valley note. The linalool of rose oil became a synthetic component, and so did the amyl salicylate from clover. It also had the C-12 MNA aldehyde which gave it facets of fresh amber, aldehydes, moss, citrus, tuberose, metallic, waxy, and coumarin.



Original prices in 1920.

Based on the original prices using an inflation calculator, these products would cost the following in 2012 money:
  • Ideal extract would cost $48.16 to $93.50 in 2012.
  • Ideal toilet water would cost $82.16.
  • Ideal face powder would cost $56.66.
  • Ideal Talcum would cost $11.33.
  • Quelques Fleurs extract would cost $59.50 to $215.32.
  • Quelques Fleurs toilet water would cost $100.86.
  • Quelques Fleurs bath salts would cost $28.33.
  • Quelques Fleurs face powder would cost $70.83.
  • Quelques Fleurs talcum would cost $11.33.

Perfumery and Essential Oil Record - Volume 3 , 1912:
"THE name Houbigant in the perfumery world stands for all that is rich, elegant, and time- honoured. ... Within the last few weeks a new perfume, " Quelques Fleurs," has been perfected, and has already attained great popularity in Paris."

Theatre Magazine, 1916:
"Did you know that Houbigant, for the first time, is putting out his expensive perfumes. Ideal. Coeur de Jeanette, Quelques Fleurs in dollar bottles? You will find them all at the perfume counter in Frenchy dresses of opaque glass."

Asia: Journal of the American Asiatic Association - Volume 27, Issue 12, 1927:
"The most successful odeurs of perfume history arc Quelques Fleurs and Le Parfum Ideal, by Houbigant. C. These odeurs, in the Louis XV bottle designed for Houbigant by Baccarat, of Paris, are especially appropriate as gifts — each is $25.00."

Vanity Fair, 1929:
"QUELQUES FLEURS or Le Parfum Ideal in a silk-lined Chamois case that plays treasure chest for these incomparable fragrance. $20 the Grand Flacon with Atomizer. QUELQUES FLEURS OR Le PARFUM IDEAL in the most luxurious flacon that ever imprisoned a fragrance. A Louis XV gold embellished bottle serves as a befitting shrine for the supreme perfumes."

The Judge, 1929:
"QUELQUES FLEURS Houbigant's fragrant expression of eternal modern youth. The Perfume that has enslaved the smart sophisticates of two continents. In an exquisite silk-lined gift box, $7.50. Other sizes at $1, $2, $4 and $15."

Harper's Bazaar, 1933:
"QUELQUES FLEURS— "Many flowers," perhaps the world's favorite perfume— $2.20 to $30.00"

American Druggist, 1939:
"Houbigant "Little Original" Parfum Quelques Fleurs Extract "double dram" replica of "Modele Original." Perfume. Quelques Fleurs. Replica flacon and coffret. Retail. $1.50"

Ladies Home Journal, 1949: "QUELQUES FLEURS (Pronounced "Kelka Flur")
  • Perfume $18.50, $12.50, $7.50, $3.50
  • Eau de Toilette $3.75, $2.50 
  • Sachet Powder $1.75 
  • Bath Softener $3.50, $2.50 
  • Talcum Powder $1.00 
  • Dusting Powder 2.00 
  • Hand lotion $1.00."

LIFE, 1954:
" Quelques Fleurs Hand Lotion Trio tinted in blue, cream and pink. $I.00."



Bottles:


Quelques Fleurs was presented in a myriad of bottles over the years. The parfum can be found in both baccarat and non Baccarat bottles, and the Eau de Toilette, Cologne and Eau de Parfum bottles can be found in splash and spray bottles.

Parfum/Extrait:



Louis XV Flacon:



From 1924-1930, Quelques Fleurs was presented in a sumptuous crystal bottle reminiscent of the 18th century. Known as the Louis XV Flacon, the bottle had a long, ringed neck and a fluted base enameled with courtly scenes and the name Houbigant. The bottle featured a gilded ground glass, ball shaped stopper.


Vanity Fair, 1927:
"The most successful odeurs of perfume history are Quelques Fleurs and Le Parfum Idéal, by Houbigant. These odeurs, in the Louis XV bottle designed for Houbigant by Baccarat, of Paris, are especially appropriate as gifts — each is $25.00."



Eau de Toilette:

The earliest bottle used for the Eau de Toilette features a frosted glass stopper molded with stylized flowers. Sometimes people mistake this bottle for Lalique, but this is not a Lalique creation. The bottom of the bottle is molded with the name Houbigant and has "Made in France" in acid etching on the base. This particular bottle was sold in the 1920s-1930s. The bottle stands just over 5.5" tall x 3" wide.



Fate of the Fragrance:



Quelques Fleurs was discontinued around 1978. It was reformulated and reissued as Quelques Fleurs L'Original in 1984.


It is still classified as a floral fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: bergamot, galbanum, tarragon, lemon
  • Middle notes: jasmine absolute, tuberose, lily of the valley, violet absolute, rose absolute, ylang ylang, carnation, broom flower absolute, orange blossom, beeswax absolute, clove
  • Base notesoakmoss absolute, sandalwood, civet, cedarwood, musk, orris, tonka bean



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