Classic Perfumes: Vintage Perfume AromaTrack for Book Clubs | Author Jan Moran
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Classic Perfumes: Vintage Perfume AromaTrack for Book Clubs

Shalimar vintage ad 1960sClassic perfumes are tried-and-true vintage fragrances that have flamed the hearts of lovers for decades. Before writing The Perfumer: Scent of Triumph, I wrote the Fabulous Fragrances books, gave countless media interviews about fragrance, and conducted training for Sephora and DFS stores around the world. The same question was always asked: “What are your favorite fragrances?”

So I thought I'd share an excerpt from an earlier post on vintage fragrances, which includes some of my favorite classic perfumes for women and men. I've arranged them in sections for the reading of the novel; if you read it, you'll discover why.

The Perfumer: Scent of Triumph is about a female French perfumer from the 1940s, so it's interesting to bring another dimension of the senses—the olfactory sense—to the reading experience, especially for those in book clubs.

As I write I  often set the scene—my own writing venue—with true-to-the-period perfumes that were available at that time, as well as music, books, and styles of the day.

Bring the Olfactory Sense into the Book Club

Good discussion questions for book clubs include: What are YOUR favorite classic perfumes? Women’s or men’s or both. Do you have any vintage fragrance memories of family members or first loves? Can you share the history or memories of vintage fashion designers such as Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, or Jean Patou?

If you're in a book club, as you're reading a book, think about which perfumes you might apply when reading to enhance your enjoyment. Do the characters have signature scents? (I often “scent” a character for fellow authors.) Is there a special aroma the author uses in the book to set a scene or conjure a memory? The olfactory sense is the most overlooked sense in writing, but is powerfully evocative.

The Aromatrack Perfumes

As you're reading, light a few candles, uncork the wine, and sniff these perfumes to your heart’s content. You'll also find many of these vintage favorites noted in passages in The Perfumer: Scent of Triumph. Notice how scent is used to set scenes and form characterization — much as we might use it in our daily life.

The Vintage Perfumes AromaTrack for The Perfumer: Scent of Triumph

Part I – Europe
Women
• Normandie by Jean Patou (1935)
• Mitsouko (1919)
• Shalimar by Guerlain (1925)
• Chanel No. 5 (1921)
• Joy by Jean Patou (1930)
• Cocktail by Jean Patou (1930)
• Habanita by Molinard (1921)
• Après L'Ondée by Guerlain (1906)
• Narcisse Noir by Caron (1912)
• Quelques Fleurs L'Original by Houbigant (1912)

Men
• Spanish Leather by Geo. F. Trumper (1902) English
• Chanel Eau de Cologne (1929) Unisex
• Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain (1904)
• Jicky by Guerlain (1889)
• Eau de Cologne du Coq (1894 ) Unisex
• Dunhill for Men (1934)

Part II – America
Women
• Tabac Blond by Caron (1919)
• Vol de Nuit by Guerlain (1933)
• En Avion by Caron (1932)
• Bandit by Robert Piguet (1944)
• Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden (1934)

Men
• Old Spice by Shulton (1937)
• Lavanda Imperiale by Santa Maria Novella (1937)
• Madrigal by Molinard (1935)

Part III – Europe
Women
• Nuit de Noël by Caron (1922)
• Cuir de Russie by Chanel (1927)
• Pour Une Femme de Caron (1942)
• Ma Griffe by Carven (1946)
• L’Heure Attendue (1946)

Men
• Citrus Bigarrade by Creed (1946) Unisex
• Portugal by Geo. F. Trumper (1938)

Hope you enjoy these classic perfumes!

Vintage Perfumes: The Guidebook

Vintage Perfumes by Jan Moran book coverIf you'd like to read more about vintage perfumery, I've recently completed a guidebook to the best-loved classic fragrances on the market today. A collection of popular, beloved perfumes from 1850 to 1980, Vintage Perfumes is an insightful edition of feminine, masculine, and unisex favorites from bygone years.

Fragrances from Chanel, Dior, Caron, Creed, Jean Patou, and many others are included. Discover the magic and mystery of perfumes that have been cherished for decades — and some as long as a century or more. What makes these perfumes unique? Learn about the perfumers and designers and the notes, fragrance family, and historical famous patrons associated with the finest perfumes in the world.

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