Monday, November 4, 2013

Avenue du Bois by Rosine c1912

Avenue du Bois by Rosine: launched in 1912. Taking the name of the avenue leading to the Bois de Boulogne, the fragrance pays homage to the elegant belle époque who traveled this path lined with beautiful homes, including that of Jacques Doucet (now Avenue Foch).

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? I have no published notes on this composition. It is described as a "delightful woodsy odeur." Avenue du Bois had a low level of the C-12 MNA aldehyde which gave it facets of fresh amber, aldehydes, moss, citrus, tuberose, metallic, waxy, and coumarin.

It was described as having a "gentle woodsy fragrance, perfect for the gracious middle aged matron."

Poiret also advised the gray haired women to wear fragrances that had notes of lilac or violet, so I would imagine that this perfume had at least one or both.


Cristalleries de Baccarat SA; Collection George Stam, Montreux, photo © gscollection

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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