Basenotes Junkie
Feb 17, 2005
I ran across these old perfume ads on ebay while trying to get information on Crown Perfumery. I thought someone else might enjoy the nostalgia of visiting this old era of perfumery:

After trying quite a few vintage perfume nips, I always wonder what these old lost fragrances smelled like. Of the ones I've tried, many smelled old-fashioned but pleasant, well-mannered and sweet, though somewhat short-lived. Some were forgettable, but none were awful. And there was none of the synthetic or department store blasts you get so many times now, of course. I suspect there was also less of the wildly divergent reactions to the same fragrance we get nowadays.
I sometimes wonder if we haven't lost a little bit with all our present gains in staying power, effusion and diversity.


Basenotes Junkie
Sep 20, 2006
How serendipitous! I was just thinking I'd like to decorate my new spare room (roomie is moving out. YAY!) with some perfume ads.


Super Member
Oct 4, 2006
I've bought several over the past month from ebay and an ephemera website I found online. I plan to frame them and hang in my bedroom.

My favorite is an old ad for Caron -- a group photo of bottles that includes Tabac Blond.


Super Member
Aug 22, 2006
I can spend hours on eBay, looking at old perfume and cosmetic ads. It's amazing how much time I fritter away in this pursuit.

Once, I was hounded by the memory of a model with light green eyes. I was sure the ad had been a 1970s advert for a makeup item, and I scoured eBay trying to find it.

Turns out the model was Luci de la Falaise, and the product was not makeup but perfume: Paris. I found it by mistake while doing a generic search for fragrance ads from any decade. These ads make me very happy, even if I dislike the perfume.


Basenotes Dependent
Oct 17, 2006
Resurrected this thread since I came across some nice images:


anyone have some ads to share?
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This one has been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl...



Basenotes Dependent
Oct 17, 2006
here's one more, ladies, isn't this how we all feel in the morning when applying that chosen scent of the day? :D



Basenotes Dependent
Jan 15, 2007
I came across these a few months ago when trying to help Dimitri identify an old bottle of 4711:



p.s.-- Please help me out rtamara! What is your first image and new avatar advertising?
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Basenotes Dependent
Sep 1, 2007
Caron had the most beautiful ads, IMO.

The one with the oceanliner and "Caron Coming to America" on it is fabulous. I wish I could find it and post it.


Basenotes Dependent
Oct 17, 2006
an oud girl, the first image in my post is a Caron ad for Narcisse Blanc.
Coincidence that Seattlelight mentioned this house, I guess.


Basenotes Plus
Mar 17, 2011
A thread to capture any vintage fragrance adverts or ads - be they pics or videos. We'll make this a sticky thread for now and merge any other related threads here.


Basenotes Dependent
Apr 25, 2012
Maybe it's just perception created by marketing, but I find it interesting that in the 1890's, patchouli was apparently considered an unpleasant smell. (see Rhine Violets ad)


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