Today marks Egypt National Day. It is always on July 23rd. This is the continuation of National Holidays all over the world. I am not making a political statement, I just simply enjoy perfumes from all of the world and I like to acknowledge the heritage in which it comes.
As I previously stated, I am focusing on L De Lubin perfume by the house of Lubin. This fragrance is featured on Fragrance Belles-Lettres in honor of Egypt National Day which is celebrated each year on July 23rd.
Many of the notes in this perfume are national flowers in the land of Egypt for many centuries dating back to Ancient Egypt such as the Lily, Madagascar (Ylang-Ylang) and the Rose.
This fragrance has been described to have a heady and lush floral scent. That is due in part of the Egyptian jasmine and gardenia. It is surrounded by pepper and rich coats of sandalwood to give it a woody deep leathery flavor. However its warmth and light touches of citrus lemon, lily and iris makes it easy for a women to wear it during the day without a heavy smell.
This is a classy fragrance for the woman who wants a little deeper scent in the warm months.
L de Lubin, was first introduced in the 1970's and then it disappeared from the shelves for quite a while until it was re-introduced in 2008.
Sicilian Lemon, Gardenia, Calabrian Bergamot, Pepper
Iris, Lily, May Rose, Ylang-Ylang, Egyptian Jasmine
Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Patchouli, Brazilian Rosewood, Musk, Vanilla, Cloves, Heliotrope
In Ancient Egypt the act of making perfume was an art form. The perfumers were considered to be artists and the exquisite fragrances were created by men an women. This artistic fashion and demonstrations have been painted and written on the walls and tombs in Petosiris.
Perfume was mainly for the elite classes until the golden age. Kings used it because they believed to be created as divine living gods and the gods favoured fragrances and perfumes. High officials during ceremonies were anointed with perfume when they were appointed to an office to call the favour of the gods.
Egypt National Day, also known as Revolution Day is to commemorate the establishment of a republic government in the country. This holiday is to remember the year of 1952, when republic was first formulated after the overthrow of the monarchy.
This day is to remember the hard-fought battle to reclaim their freedom and to celebrate the end of the revolution by getting rid of the constitutional monarchy.
Hello and Welcome Back!
I do apologize for the long delay in publishing my issue. It was to be published in June but I got sick and was hospitalized for a few days. Not to mention(but I will), I lost my eyeglasses while in the hospital. Two days after release I put in an order for a new pair and it took two weeks and one day to get them! So you see, (well I do now) I had to put off publishing.
Thank you so much for your patience with me. I value your readership and your loyal interest in the historic lives of past perfumers and their magnificent perfume creations.
After this issue of Fragrance Belles-Lettres, I am going to do things a little differently. I will be writing and posting more frequently about perfumers and perfumes from the 16Th through the 19Th centuries but it will be delivered in smaller segments not what you have been seeing me produce up to this point.
The quality and contents will still be FIRST CLASS! but do to so many new fragrances and re-creations of them, I want to stay current but ALWAYS acknowledge the historic legends and how these perfume creations came to be.
Secondly, I am doing more research on a book I am currently in the midst of writing. This research will take time and with a busy lifestyle which includes a husband and two small children, you can understand this will be a challenge, but a challenge that is well worth it.
So, I hope you will enjoy my new venture with Fragrance Belles-Lettres!
Felicia M. Hazzard
Founder & Editor-In-Chief
Femme de Dandy is a fragrance for women only. It is composed of fruity and floral notes combined with woody notes that consist of balsamic and musk. Femme de Dandy is a sensual fragrance that gives discreet subtle softness for the exquisite, female de dandy that is adventurous, confidence and sophisticated.
Femme de Dandy comes in a 100 ml atomiser
Purchase Femme de Dandy at parfumsdorsay.co.uk beautyencounter.com
If you are looking for a full robust scent that stands out with distinction, then Le Dandy Pour Homme is just the fragrance for you.
This full-flavored scent for men offers unique flavors with top notes of tobacco flowers and whisky with middle notes of spice and ginger and ends with the richness of wood and balsam notes just to keep the memory alive.
Le Dandy Pour Homme will provide a unique experience whenever you enter a room. It will keep the guest thinking about just who are you really?
Le Dandy Pour Homme comes in 100 ml and 200 ml atomiser
Purchase at parfumsdorsay.co.uk beautyencounter.com
Chevalier is a French word meaning, literally "horseman" but used as a title that is equivalent of the English "knight".
Le Chevalier is a fragrance just for men. It is an earlier fragrance created in 1911. It is a fragrance that comes from the heart with spicy and floral notes fit for the 'knight in shining armour'. It is tingly with sparks of fruit notes to give this elegant scent just the masculinity it needs to set itself apart from all the rest.
Le Chevalier comes in sizes of 100 ml and 200 ml atomiser.
Purchase at parfumsdorsay.co.uk beautyencounter.com
Etiquette Bleue is a fragrance for men and women. It is a citrus fragrance with an intense woody base. It is fresh and tingly with notes of orange blossom and Sicilian lemons. It a fragrance that has a burst of flavor which is gentle and soft enough for day and night.
Note: Count d'Orsay's original "L'Eau de Bouquet" was reportedly "reworked" into the line's Etiquette Bleue fragrance.
Etiquette Bleue comes in sizes of 100 ml and 200 ml atomiser.
Purchase Etiquette Bleue at parfumsdorsay.co.uk beautyencounter.com
The fragrance that started it all is L'Eau de Bouquet that was said to have been created by Count Alfred d'Orsay. This divine fragrance was created by hand when Parfums D'Orsay was established in 1865.
Not much information at the time of this publication was found of this original parfum but the legacy of this fragrance is held in high regard by this family owned company. L'Eau de Bouquet is no longer available but now that the house Parfums d'Orsay is head by Marie Huet since 2007 maybe L'Eau de Bouquet will be revived. Let's hope so.
The house of Parfums d'Orsay is steeped in rich history all started from a smart dresser and very talented man known as Count Alfred d'Orsay. Count d' Orsay unfortunately died at the height of his career but his passion for fragrances all things of finery lives on through his company and the fragrances currently created with great skill and a great eye for detail.
These fragrances featured here are just a small amount of what the house of Parfums d'Orsay creates. I am featuring these fragrances because it is not only for male or female but unisex, too.
Count d'Orsay felt that men shouldn't only look and smell good but women should be just as beautiful and smell elegant too.
Count Gabriel Alfred Guillaume d'Orsay (b.1801- d. 1852) was one of the most celebrated Dandies of his day. Dandy is a word that became popular around 1830 and it was fit for a gentleman who had a witty spirit among aristocratic people through amusing them and wearing outlandish clothing. It was the name of Beau Brummel at that time twho became a household name who had a style of all his own and only associated with the bourgeois of society.
The Count was known as the 'Chevalier d'Orsay. He was one of the most famous Dandies of that era because he was talented as a writer, painter and sculptor. However, his passion to create perfumes was his most memorable occupation until his death.
Count d'Orsay was known for creating fine fragrances but the 'real' inspiration into the ART OF PERFUMERY was to do his dearest love, Countess Marguerite Blessington of Ireland and married to an Earl. Count d'Orsay and Countess Blessington had a secret love affair and she was used to an extravagant lifestyle. During one of her extravagant shopping tours, she was upset at the poor selection of fine fragrances and cosmetics for her delicate skin. Count d'Orsay having a passion for creating fine fragrances began blending scents to the liking of what Countess Blessington's wanted and she was so happy that she peeked his interest in starting a perfumery.
It was said that Count d'Orsay created fragrances for each of his rooms in the house and he had more and more request for them fragrances to be created in the homes of his fellow aristocratic friends.
Count d'Orsay died at the height of his fame in 1852 when he was only 51 years of age. He was indeed a Dandy, the 'Le Chevalier' and Perfumer in French history.
Parfum D'Orsay is a French perfume house with the essence of style, tradition and history that surrounds itself in romance. Parfum D' Orsay perfumery was built in honor of Count Alfred d'Orsay but he never lived to see it.
Parfum D'Orsay was born in 1830 when Count Alfred D'Orsay created his first parfum. This fascinating house was popular with aristocrats who were fond of Count D' Orsay because he was known as 'Chevalier d'Orsay' and his talents as a perfumer.
Today, this family owned business is most vigilant in keeping his traditon and dream alive and with every product that is created it comes with Count d'Orsay stamp of approval.
Each year Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th. Bastille Day is a National holiday in France. It is very much like Independence Day in the United States because of the beginning of a new form of government.
There was a time in France when the rulers were kings and queens. Decisions made by the rulers were not always favorable to the citizens of France. So finally the citizens revolted and since then been called the storming of the Bastille. This was the beginning of the French Revolution. This is Bastille Day.
Histoires de Parfums was created in 1999 by French entrepreneur, Gerald Ghislain. It is an independent family owned niche perfumery that gives homage to French tradition.
Gerald began studying perfumes at the Superior International Institute of Perfumes, Cosmetics and Food Flavors (ISIPCA) in Versailles. Histoires de Parfums became an instant success and a household name in the niche category of fine fragrances.
Fragrance Belles-Lettres celebrates Bastille Day with France to honor Histoires de Parfums and their Main Character Collection.
The Main Character Collection according to the description by Histoires de Parfums is of "mythical characters of a long past time have been brought back to life".
Each fragrance in this collection was created to provide the flair and scented description in each fragrance note literature and legacy at its best.
The 1804 fragrance is dedicated to George Sand
The 1825 fragrance is dedicated to Eugene de Montijo
The 1873 fragrance is dedicated to Collette
The 1876 fragrance is dedicated to Mata-Hari
The 1725 fragrance is dedicated to Casanova
The 1740 fragrance is dedicated to Marquis de Sade
The 1828 fragrance is dedicated to Jules Verne
Histoires de Parfums makes a look into history fun and exciting. It gives an interesting twist on french perfumery but stays true to its tradition.
These fragrances can be purchased at beautycafe.com