Sunday, July 27, 2014

Eau de Cologne Speciale de Schiaparelli c1950s

Eau de Cologne Speciale de Schiaparelli: launched in the 1950s.

So what does it smell like? I have no notes on this fragrance, but I assume it to be a regular style eau de cologne.

Presented in a globular shaped bottle, with cut facets around the base, the top is adorned with a frosted glass disk shaped stopper. The bottle has a red label. Bottles stands 17cm tall.

Discontinued, date unknown.



Schiaparelli Perfumed Bath Sponges c1940

Schiaparelli Perfumed Bath Sponges. You would drop one of these compressed cotton disks into the tub and it would expand into a full size wash cloth scented with Shocking or Salut perfume.






Art and Industry, 1940;
"Bath sponges — tiny discs which dilate into wash cloths when dipped in water — and heart-shaped, rose-coloured soap are packed in Schiaparelli designed red and white boxes."

Cue, 1951:
"Another traveler's aid is Schiaparelli's Bath Sponge. In the hand, it's a tiny disk, but in water it becomes a full-size fragrant wash cloth. And it does a thorough job of cleansing, too. At $1.75."

Shocking Voyageur Presentation c1958

Shocking Voyageur Presentation by Schiaparelli: launched in 1958. Each item was housed in a brushed gold tone metal canister.

Includes the following:

  • 2 oz Spray Cologne
  • 10ml Spray Parfum 

Schiaparelli Sac de Parfum c1950s

Shocking Sac de parfum, a refillable purse size perfume bottle created in the 1950s and used well into the 1960s. Made up of ribbed clear glass with a gold plated metal screw cap with Schiaparelli Paris engraved into the top. The bottle stands 2 1/4" tall and holds 1/4 oz. of perfume. You would refill the bottle with the provided funnel.




Schiap by Schiaparelli c1934

Schiap by Schiaparelli: launched in 1934. This was the updated fragrance originally named 'S', first presented in 1928. Renamed Sport in 1952.  It was created to be worn by both men and women for sports.

So what did it smell like? It was a unisex fragrance that was both fresh and bittersweet with dominant notes of madonna lily and hyacinth.
  • Top notes: citrus, madonna lily, hyacinth
  • Middle notes: rose, iris, carnation
  • Base notes: vetiver, oakmoss, sandalwood, orris, musk


The Delineator, 1935:
"PERFUMES FOR SPORT. Schiaparelli, the brilliant couturiere, has just put out some perfumes. Her first. "Schiap" which is dedicated to the sportswoman, is our favorite, but for indoors "Salut" is pretty fetching."

Discontinued, date unknown.



Chloro-Cologne by Schiaparelli c1952

Chloro-Cologne by Schiaparelli: launched in 1952. This was a cologne infused with chlorophyll, it could be had in several different Schiaparelli scents such as Shocking and Si.



The reason for the inclusion of chlorophyll? Well in the 1950s, it was touted as an odor destroyer, but science was able to prove that it only desensitized the olfactory nerve endings found in the nose, so you were still smelling an odor, albeit dull, just not as full strength. It was derived from alfalfa and was an ingredient thrown added to toothpastes, deodorants, mouthwash, bad breath tablets, soap and other products. So naturally, it was added to fragrance.


Harper's Bazaar, 1952:
"Giant editions of famous classics help improve a September day. Here, twelve ounces of Schiaparelli's Chloro-Cologne scented with "Shocking" and turned cool green by chlorophyll, to keep your skin clean and fresh. •$5. Saks Fifth Avenue."

Kiplinger's Personal Finance, 1952:
"Chloro-Cologne de Schiaparelli — chlorophyl plus a slug of the famous Shocking fragrance, presumably thrown in for safety's sake."

Botticelliana by Schiaparelli c1933

The name Botticelliana was first used as a name for a perfume by Schiaparelli in 1933, this was discontinued shortly after it's introduction and was relaunched in 1977.

The 1977 Version:


Botticelliana, a limited edition mini perfume bottle by Schiaparelli that was created exclusively to support fellow designer Serge Lepage's launch of The Botticelliana Collection (The Birth of Venus) in 1977. The collection featured a gown encrusted with 512 diamonds weighing 650 carats and valued at $2 million. This luxurious gown was advertised as the “the most expensive gown in the world.”

The clear glass mini perfume bottle was meant to be worn on a necklace and is modeled after the famous dressmaker's dummy bottle used for Shocking. The cap is adorned with gold plated decoration. Each bottle was signed and numbered.

The bottle stands 2" tall x 1" wide and held 0.25 oz of Shocking You parfum.






Eau de Santé by Schiaparelli c1939

Eau de Santé by Schiaparelli: launched in 1939. A cooling eau de cologne meant to be used during the hot weather months.



Shocking Scamp c1940

 The Shocking Scamp was a limited edition for Christmas of 1940. Designed by Fulco de Verdura, it is a little figural fencer brooch to be worn on a lady's lapel. Made of enameled metal, the cage would hold a dram sized bottle of Shocking perfume. To use to the perfume, you just remove the head which served as the stopper. The perfumed brooch stands 5 1/2" tall. This little cutie was discontinued by 1941 and is very hard to find today.


The New Yorker, 1940:
"Schiaparelli's Scamp lapel pin, a gaga little figure flailing its flexible arms about, contains a dram of Shocking perfume and comes with two bottles of the stuff for refilling ($7.50)"
Fashions of the Hour, 1940:
"Wonderful Schiaparelli fantasy, a perfume boutonniere she can pin on her lapel. This stalwart gilded fencer holds a 1-dram bottle of Shocking perfume and in the box are two extra drams.  $7.50."




Si by Schiaparelli c1957

Si by Schiaparelli: launched in 1957. "Si" got its name from the "Valse des Si." dedicated to her by composer Henri Sauguet. "Si" can mean both the musical note B and "it" — it also consists of the first and last letters of Schiaparelli). The perfume is also said to be from Juliette Greco's song "Si".

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Le Roy Soleil by Schiaparelli c1946

Le Roy Soleil is a perfume by Elsa Schiaparelli produced in 1947, to celebrate the end of the World War by recalling the glory days of the Louis XIV.

Schiaparelli commissioned Salvador Dali to design the bottle. It was produced in a limited edition of only 2000 bottles and it is an homage to the Sun King.




Sleeping by Schiaparelli c1938

Sleeping by Schiaparelli: launched in 1938.


Sport by Schiaparelli c1952

Sport by Schiaparelli: launched in 1952.It was created to be worn by both men and women for sports. This was the updated fragrance originally named 'S', first presented in 1928. Renamed "Schiap" in 1934. Renamed Sport in 1952. And then relaunched again as 'S' in 1961 but for women.

So what did it smell like? It was a unisex fragrance that was both fresh and bittersweet with dominant notes of madonna lily and hyacinth.
  • Top notes: citrus, madonna lily, hyacinth
  • Middle notes: rose, iris, carnation
  • Base notes: vetiver, oakmoss, sandalwood, orris, musk

The Delineator, 1935:
"PERFUMES FOR SPORT. Schiaparelli, the brilliant couturiere, has just put out some perfumes. Her first. "Schiap" which is dedicated to the sportswoman, is our favorite, but for indoors "Salut" is pretty fetching."


Discontinued, date unknown.





The novelty perfume bottle formed as a miniature champagne bottle complete with metal ring and foil with labels for both Mumm champagne and Schiaparelli ‘Sport’, with contents, the cream box trimmed with gold decoration. Size:Box: 21cm high, perfume bottle: 20cm tall. Photo by Auction Atrium

Shocking You by Schiaparelli c1976

Shocking You by Schiaparelli: launched in 1976. I believe that this may be the reformulated version of 'S' by Schiaparelli as the notes are very similar.


S by Schiaparelli c1928

S by Schiaparelli: launched in 1928. Renamed "Schiap" in 1934.  Renamed Sport in 1952.  It was created to be worn by both men and women for sports. And then relaunched again as 'S' in 1961.