Saturday, July 26, 2014

Snuff by Schiaparelli c1939

Snuff by Schiaparelli: launched in 1939. The name was taken from the color brown dubbed "Snuff" by Elsa Schiaparelli.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It was classified as a dry, woodsy-mossy scent for men. Perfect to be worn with tweed suits and for outdoor activities.

  • Top notes: bergamot, fruity notes, green notes and lavender
  • Middle notes: carnation, jasmine, geranium,  patchouli, orris root and pine
  • Base notes: oakmoss, musk, amber, sandalwood, vanilla, olibanum, vetiver, myrrh and leather

Modern Packaging, 1945:
"Schiaparelli adds a big, chunky cake of Snuff soap to her line of quality toiletries for men just in time for the Christmas gift trade. Like the other Snuff products, perfume and eau de cologne, the soap is packaged in a modern version of a ..."

Saturday Review, Volume 37, 1954:
"Did you know that Schiaparelli had added an after-shaving lotion for men to her line of toiletries? ... "Snuff' is its brand name, and although the $2.50 price tag may be a deterrent at first isn't it worth a premium really to smell as tangy and look like a modern version of a cigar box..."

Cue, 1954:
"Shaped like a pipe is the handsome bottle in which Schiaparelli is offering its male-aimed Snuff perfume ($12) or cologne ($5 and $9). And the Snuff Gift Sets, containing cologne, after-shave lotion and talc for $9.50, look for all the world like cigar boxes."
Esquire - Volume 51, 1959:
"Snuff cologne and soap, Schiaparelli, $9"

Soap, 1962:
"Mary Chess, Inc., of New York, buys Seaforth toiletry line....  Two other lines of men's toiletries, the "Chivalry" line, originally the "Chessman" line, and Schiaparelli's "Snuff" line.

Esquire, 1963:
"Treasure chest with pull-out drawer contains cologne, after-shave lotion, bath soap, brushless shave cream, hair groomer, deodorant stick and talc, Snuff de Schiaparelli, $15."

Harper's Bazaar, 1964:
"Christmas for the cock-of-the-walk man: Snuff — marvelously dashing, altogether male eau de cologne — was created by Schiaparelli for her personal friends when she opened her boutique in Paris."


Fate of the Fragrance:

It was discontinued for several years before being relaunched in 1977. It has since been discontinued.

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