New series of lectures on perfume

Well everyone is getting geared up for the cultural season.  Students are back at school and for the most part people have used up their vacations.  I’m getting ready to give another series of lectures on perfume.  I’ve got 7 lined up and the hardest part is choosing the perfumes and deciding what I’m going to talk about.  My 90-minute lecture is a brief overview of the history of perfume and its classification.

Here is the final list of perfumes though I’ll probably change the list every so often just to keep it fresh.  As you can the usual suspects are here in addition to a few substitutes (sorry, I don’t have a bottle of Fougère Royal in my collection!) and one Canadian bestseller.

1.   Jean-Marie Farina eau de cologne – 1709

2.   English Fern – Penhaligon’s – 1911

3.   Jicky – Guerlain – 1889

4.   Pour Monsieur – Chanel – 1955

5.   Mitsouko – Guerlain – 1919

6.   Chanel No. 5 – Chanel – 1921

7.   Eau Sauvage – Christian Dior – 1966

8.   Knowing  – Estée Lauder – 1988

9.   Fracas – Robert Piguet – 1948

10.  Pour un Homme – Caron – 1934

11.  Aqua Allègoria Pamplelune – Guerlain – 1999

12.  Paris – Yves Saint-Laurent – 1983

13.  Neiges – Lise Watier – 1993

14.  White Linen – Estée Lauder – 1978

15.  No. 19 – Chanel – 1970

16.  Bleu – Chanel – 2010

17.  Givenchy III – Givenchy – 1970

18.  David Yurman – David Yurman – 2008

19.  Féminité du Bois – Shiseïdo (Serge Lutens) – 1992

20.  Youth Dew – Estée Lauder – 1952

21.  Shalimar – Guerlain – 1925

22.  Muscs Koublaï Khan – Serge Lutens – 1998

23.  Cuir de Russie – Chanel – 1927

24.  Daim Blond – Serge Lutens – 2004

25.  Angel – Thierry Mugler – 1992

And, of course, I’ve got my Plan B in case I bomb… my secret weapon!  I do a mean Twist.  As Madame Rose in Gypsy says, “Afterall, they’ll forgive you anything if you’ve got a good, strong finish!”

Have a nice week everyone!

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4 Comments

  1. where will your lecture be held? Will it be available as a podcast or able to be viewed on Youtube?
    I’d love to see/hear -and smell – it!
    Thanks,
    Tilda Shalof
    (a fan of Perfume and of the Perfume Chronicles)

    Reply
    • The lecture is in a municipal library on the South Shore (just outside of Montreal). I’ve got to look into getting it on Youtube at one point. That would be fun! Thanks for writing!

      Normand

      Reply
  2. Terrific, Normand. Best of luck.

    Reply

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