Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Succes Fou by Schiaparelli c1953

Succes Fou by Schiaparelli: launched in 1953. (Raving Success or Smash Hit) Only launched in USA in 1953.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It was a spicy, floral perfume with a base reminiscent of a forest. Flowers over woodsy-mossy notes.
  • Top notes: citrus
  • Middle notes: carnation, spices
  • Base notes: vetiver, sandalwood, oakmoss, patchouli

Harper's Bazaar, 1953:
"Schiaparelli's new "Succes Fou ": woods, spice and flowers in an ivy-leaf bottle."

The New Yorker, 1954:
"While Succes Fou will never replace Schiaparelli's Shocking great, it is a nice flowers-and-forest combination. A two-ounce bottle of cologne with a spray top is $3.30."

Women's Guide to Europe, 1954:
"Schiaparelli , 21 Place Vendome. "Succes Fou"- indeed a mad success,"Salut"- for young girls," Snuff '-tweedy, male, "Sleeping" - wistful."

Woman's Home Companion, 1954:
" Schiaparelli's Succes Fou Cologne. Concentrated in a new mist spray atomizer bottle. $3.45"
Graphis, 1954:
"Schiaparelli's Succes Fou Perfume. made and packaged in France. . . $12.50, $23.50 and $40.00."

Harper's Bazaar, 1956:
"A trio of party snappers by Schiaparelli . Their surprise: a dram of EACH "Shocking," "'Sleeping" and " Succes Fou "Eau de Parfum. $ 4.50."


Presented in a ‘leaf’ bottle designed by Michel de Brunhoff; the artist Peynet designed the advertisement.

1950s Schiaparelli Succes Fou “vinaigrette” ear clips, gilt metal, fragrance compartment and diffuser on back, box (faded). Length 1 7/8 in. Photo by Perfume Bottles Auction

Vinaigrette brooch. Photo by Drouot.

Mini 1.5" tall, brass screwcap, gold metallic foil ivy leaf label. Photo from worthpoint.

Mini 1.5" tall, brass screwcap, ivy leaf label. Photo from worthpoint.

Bottle measures 3" tall by 1 1/2" wide.The bottle is marked "Schiaparelli French Bottle" on the base. The box is marked "Box Made in France". Photo from worthpoint.

White glass green enameled leaf-form bottle with atomizer top, empty, 5 3/4 " tall (included atomizer top), the entire bottle enameled in green and gold, bottom molded "Schiaparelli". Photo from worthpoint.

Succes Fou cologne by Elsa Schiaparelli. The bottle holds 4 fl. oz. of the eau de cologne. The bottle is in the shape of an hour glass and has a shiny green top. Photo from worthpoint.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

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