Carnation Pink (Repost of my blog from 2014)

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This supremely carnation, floral fragrance is musky, balsamic and reminds me a lot of Coty L’Origan and a wee bit of L’Heure Bleue (L’Heure Bleue especially in the drydown).  It’s a very early 1900’s scent (based on my research and nose) with likely notes of bergamot, rose, ylang ylang, violet, iris, carnation, nutmeg, coriander, cloves, pepper, benzoin, musk, vanilla, incense and sandalwood.

In the drydown it shimmies into a powdery, feminine, spicy fragrance still dominated by carnation.  And, as someone who has had a somewhat bad impression of carnation based on 1980’s perfumes (no offense to those who enjoy them) I am again delighted by a very vintage carnation gem.  I love L’Heure Bleue too.

Carnation Pink Perfume is dreamy.  Images of ladies in long, flowing dresses and gentlemen with walking sticks out for a warm summer evening stroll come to mind.  It is innocent but not unknowing, and cheerful but staid.  Ragtime tunes and ice cream parlors with giant vintage lollipops should accompany this scent.  Carnation Pink is the epitome of old-fashioned winsome charm.

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The manufacturer of Mellier’s, Carnation Pink Perfume among other scents (over 60 other varieties), Mellier Drug Co. was incorporated at some point during the 1870’s or 80’s (dates vary) and based out of St. Louis, Missouri.   Kennedy Duncan Mellier, who founded Mellier Drug Co. with his brother, Albin Mellier (Albin was the President), was a graduate of Princeton, an Episcopalian and a member of the Missouri Historical Society whose favorite recreation was supposedly golf.   K. Duncan Mellier (as it appears he was known) lived, for a time, at 3801 West Pine Boulevard in St. Louis, Missouri which is now a part of the campus of St Louis University.  One abadoned, boarded up mansion remains from Mr. Mellier’s old neighborhood, and that’s how most of Mellier Drug Co. is to be found as well – completely lost to history.

2015-03-03 09.48.24 (2)Matter of fact, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Carnation Pink is almost one of a kind.  I can’t even find a specific date for this particular Mellier perfume.  And, as a person who appreciates history and perfume I feel both lucky and somewhat unnerved by that possiblity.  It might not be a world renowned perfume by any stretch of the imagination (it’s “just” an old drugstore brand perfume), but it is very lovely and I’m sure that in the past there were memories attached to this scent.  I’ll have to take good care of it.

So, on that note, have a happy Easter and a pleasant rest of your weekend or a nice start to your week. 🙂

Until Wednesday.

Nose Gay (repost from my blog in 2015)

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Nose Gay by Dorothy Gray (Dorothy Gray 1938) is a pelargonium, dirty, musky, mossy rose scent.  It’s a bit woody, Earthy and green.  And, despite its sweet name (a nose gay is a small bouquet of flowers usually carried about – ie for a formal dance), Nose Gay is actually dark and mysterious with an almost buttery, salty, slightly sweet floral kick.

The florals I believe my nose detects most are honeysuckle, heliotrope, violet and tuberose.  I would label this perfume a rich creamy floral chypre with a sweet smoky drydown.   The sandalwood and animalic notes (perhaps?) in the base actually make this fragrance a bit wild.  Indeed, Nose Gay would never be sold as mainstream perfume today.  Even though people of the past were supposedly less rambuntious than today, it’s fragrances like this that really make you wonder…

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It’s hard to believe it’s mid June already.  It feels like it should still be April or May.  Where is this year going?  As someone once said, the days go by slow but the years go fast.

In some ways it feels like the last ten years were a vapor.  Poof they’re gone!  I wish I could just pause life for a week and take time to reflect a little.

There are so many things that take time to figure out.  Even if I’ll never figure them out in this life, and I try to be ok with that, I still wonder…  🙂

I hope you’re having a pleasant Friday dear reader.