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Old-Fashioned Perfumes That Are Still in Production

Make Mine an Old-Fashioned — Perfume, That Is

It seems like the stream of new fragrances these days is neverending, with every celebrity and design house pumping out at least a couple of scents every season. But what about the classics, the scents of the past? I'm not talking about Chanel No. 5, which has a cult following and survives as much on Coco's legendary life as on the scent itself. Instead, I'm talking about fragrances like Estée Lauder's classic Youth Dew, created in 1953, or Creed's Fleurissimo, concocted in honor of Grace Kelly's marriage to Prince Ranier of Monaco. Older fragrances unfold differently, usually over a longer period of time, tend to be more complex, and have a lot more sillage. To learn more about these old-fashioned perfumes and see a gallery of ones you can try for yourself, read more.

Older perfumes are constructed differently, often using scent combinations that are considered very heavy or dark today. They tend to be more powdery or resinous rather than sweet or "exotic," which are the prevalent trends right now. Many of the perfumes that have survived out on the market have been reorchestrated, but a few have stayed true to their original formulas, and they're sure to give you a sexy blast from the past. It's a completely different scent experience from what you might be used to, and well worth it, so go sniff these out.

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Debra3475157 Debra3475157 4 years
I'm severely impacted by spray perfumes. But I wasn't always. I used Opium for years, along with many others. I loved perfumes like everyone.  BUT...one day I couldn't wear them.  One day I had an asthma attack after spraying, yet had not had asthma before.  I've learned a lot since that fateful day.  It saddens me that the fragrance industry does not release their ingredients. People who must wear perfume, please wear it responsibly. Don't "over" spray, don't "layer," don't spray on your clothing. Don't spray before church, visiting doctors, hospitals, or if going to closed in places, like the movies, and please don't wear it to the gym. Perfumes are made from petroleum products and can cause cancer, along with millions being impacted by these toxic chemicals. Avoid them around developing lungs--your baby.  Sprays are more toxic than lotions. The propellant is the same that is used in pesticides. Hydrocarbons, DME, HFC's, Propane, Isobutan, N-butane, Dymel, all of which are toxic, and the more you use the more your body will accumulate these. One last note.  Perfumes are not organic. They are made from chemicals by scientists.  Please be informed. Thank you for saving a lung and demand labeling.
Debra3475157 Debra3475157 4 years
I severely impacted by spray perfumes. But I wasn't always. I used Opium for years, along with many others. I loved perfumes like everyone.  BUT...one day I couldn't wear them.  One cay I had an asthma attack after spraying, yet had not had asthma before.  I've learned a lot since that fateful day.  It saddens me that the fragrance industry does not release their ingredients. People who must wear perfume, please wear it responsibly. Don't "over" spray, don't "layer," don't spray on your clothing. Don't spray before church, visiting doctors, hospitals, or if going to closed in places, like the movies, and please don't wear it to the gym. Perfumes are made from petroleum products and can cause cancer, along with millions being impacted by these toxic chemicals. Avoid them around developing lungs--your baby.  Sprays are more toxic than lotions. The propellant is the same that is used in pesticides. Hydrocarbons, DME, HFC's, Propane, Isobutan, N-butane, Dymel, all of which are toxic, and the more you use the more your body will accumulate these. One last note.  Perfumes are not organic. They are made from chemicals by scientists.  Please be informed. Thank you for saving a lung and demand labeling.
LightningBug LightningBug 6 years
I have always loved Shalimar, on my mother that is. I never felt I could pull it off and it always reminds me of her strength and beauty. When my parents would go out she would let me pick which perfume she wore. I usually choose Shalimar. Sometimes Red or Charlie too. In talks with friends I have come to find that most of our mothers wore Charlie as well.
smart-blonde smart-blonde 6 years
When I was a kid (I'm now in my early thirties), I used to go into my parents' room when they were out and play with my mom's jewelry and sniff her Opium. I think that was the cause of my love of oriental fragrances. I never liked Shalimar, but Opium and Chanel No. 5 have always been and will always be some of my favorites.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
My mom laughed at me when I said that I liked the way Shalimar smelled. She said "That is something my mom would like" *giggles*. If that is the case, then where's my AARP application and Metamucil?
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I love many old fragrances! I'm pretty sure I was the only girl in my high school that wore Youth Dew. I got tired of it (it is quite strong) and never wear it anymore, but Shalimar is also a favorite of mine.I just hate how so many fragrances these days smell like a damned gummibear factory. DOWN DOWN DOWN with the overly fruity scents!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I love many old fragrances! I'm pretty sure I was the only girl in my high school that wore Youth Dew. I got tired of it (it is quite strong) and never wear it anymore, but Shalimar is also a favorite of mine. I just hate how so many fragrances these days smell like a damned gummibear factory. DOWN DOWN DOWN with the overly fruity scents!
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 6 years
My mom is a Youth Dew fan. It's been her scent for years. I wish she would pick something else. I just cannot love that one. I probably wouldn't wear any of these. But I do like the Shalimar Light.
Isabella-Thorpe Isabella-Thorpe 6 years
This is so interesting! My grandmother wore White Linen, by Estée Lauder, which is really powdery but lovely. Today's scents are very girlish compared to these!
Acid-Pops Acid-Pops 6 years
I am so in love with Jicky at the moment. I've sprayed it all over my scarves.
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