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Burn with me.

A 1955 magazine ad for Caron’s Poivre.
Found in the February 1955 issue of Town & Country magazine.

“Here’s to women who play with fire and the perfume that they can smolder in.” — from a review of this scent by Barbara Herman at Yesterday’s Perfume.

Fun facts:

“Poivre” is French for “pepper”, named after the fragrance’s hot spicy pepper top note and now I really want to smell it.

Caron’s Poivre squeaked in at #10 in this list of The World’s 10 Most Expensive Perfumes Ever Created.

You can pick up 90 ml. of this perfume on Etsy for the low, low price of $2,130! (used)

Parfums Caron is still going strong.

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Ding Dong

Avon Cosmetics ad found in the October 1953 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.
Avon Cosmetics ad found in the October 1953 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

Avon calling.

Fun facts: The first Avon Representative was Mrs. P.F.E. Albee in 1886.

There were one million Avon Representatives by 1978.

On a personal note, there are two perfumes that have seduced me at pivotal moments in my life. Avon’s Odyssey is one of them.

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You don’t meet many girls named Lucretia these days.

Bottom portion from a larger ad for Lucretia Vanderbilt, circa 1929.
Bottom portion from a larger ad for Lucretia Vanderbilt, circa 1929.

Strange story, this Lucretia Vanderbilt.

It’s got everything!

Astrology!
Italian cheeses!
Alter egos!
Guitars!
Human hair fraud!
Bootleg liquor!
Pre-arrest suicide!
Belgian war heroes!
And butterflies!

Stefon would be jealous.

Check out the history of Lucretia Vanderbilt here, along with its rather wonderful first paragraph that sets the tone beautifully.

In Alan Jenkins’ very readable ‘The Twenties’, his second chapter is titled ‘Let’s Do It!’. “Do what?” he asked, well… “Practically anything you can get away with. Dance. Make love. Sing. Laugh. Make money. Lose money. Drink. Fly. Smash something.”, he wrote.