Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Le Fruit Defendu by Rosine c1913

Le Fruit Defendu by Rosine: created by Henri Alméras and launched in 1913, probably in USA by 1916. The name means "The Forbidden Fruit" in French and referred to the "forbidden fruit" of Adam and Eve's demise.

Le Fruit Defendu was available in parfum and toilet water.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a sweet fruity floral woody fragrance for women with a spicy, amber and woodsy base. Made use of the chemical Persicol by Firmenich which gave it a distinctive peach scent. The fragrance is a forerunner of modern gourmand fragrances. It was also said to be the first to incorporate an aldehyde, a 0.3% dosage of C-12 Lauric. This gave the perfume a soapy, waxy, aldehydic, citrus, orange rindy with floral nuances facet.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, apple, peach, banana, plum, coconut
  • Middle notes: heliotrope, cinnamon, ylang ylang, tuberose, honey
  • Base notes: spices, almond, patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood, ambergris


The deluxe glass bottle for the parfum was shaped like an apple with an interesting metal overcap with some abstract motifs and a small piece of twisted metal to look like an apple stem. It lay in a silk- upholstered silver box embossed with jungle foliage meant to represent the artist's version of what may have been inside the Garden of Eden.


Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

It was still being sold in 1929 as seen in a volume of the Official Journal: Body of the Provisional Government of Mexico along with other Rosine perfumes:

Ambre de Venise, Aladin, Arlequinade, Avenue du Bois, Borgia, Chez Poiret, Chypre des Isles, Coeur en Folie, Connais Tu le Pays?, Hahna, Jasmin de la Riviera, Le Balcon, Le Bosquet d'Apollon, Le Coup d'Or, Le Fruit Defendu, La Rose de Rosine, Maharadjah, 1935, Nuit de Chine, Pierrot, Qui Es-Tu?, Sa Chambre, Sakya Mouni, Toute la Foret.."

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