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Friday, September 11, 2015

Contraste c1932

Contraste by Houbigant: launched in 1932.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? I have no published notes on this creation, I would need a sample to tell you what it smells like.
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La vie parisienne sous l'occupation, 1940-1944, 1971:
"...tandis que Houbigant crée cinq nouveaux cocktails d'essences précieuses, capiteux avec 'Présence', miellé avec 'Transparence', sensuel avec 'Contraste' , soutenu avec 'Demi- jour' et printanier avec 'Floraison ."


Presented in a beautiful oval, convex-shaped colorless pressed glass bottle, molded in the lower part with a projecting geometric pattern imitating rock or ice. The glass stopper is also molded with the rocky texture and is frosted. There is a clear label on the bottle with blue serigraphy, and placed just under the neck of the bottle. The bottle came in two different sizes: 3 3/4" tall and 4.13" tall. 

Bottles manufactured by Pochet et du Courval and were designed by Pierre D'Avesn (real name Pierre Girre), who once worked with Rene Lalique. Though these bottles are sometimes attributed to Lalique, and to dispel confusion, it is important to note that they were NOT manufactured by Lalique.

Bottles were housed in boxes wrapped with black faux morocco leather paper, the interior is lined with buttery yellow faux morocco leather paper.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. Still being sold in 1944. 

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