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September 30, 2010

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Angela Cox

Fascinating article especially to an English woman who only thinks of Faberge as the ghastly Brut .I love those bottles but suspect vintage Faberge here would be hard to find.

Angela Cox

This is Angie's daughter Holly. If Faberge ( the jeweller was French ,maybe exiled to Russia via his family escaping the Revolution ?)was the perfume house owned by a Russian exiled family member ?

Perfumaniac

Hi Holly and Angela! May I say that I think it's adorable that you both love perfume and are tag-team commenting today? ;)

OK, so according to Wikipedia (I know, so Freshman in college of me!), the link between the Imperial Russian jeweler and Fabergé cosmetics and perfume is only incidental. Basically, billionaire Armand Hammer, who had collected Fabergé eggs, suggested to his  friend Samuel Rubin (who was starting a cosmetics/soap company) that he should register the company as Fabergé. So it was a branding decision more than anything. The Russian House of Fabergé didn't find out about this until after WWII, sued Rubin, and settled out of court and ultimately allowed him to use the Fabergé name.

For a while, Fabergé was a prestigious perfume brand, and I think that when Woodhue, Aphrodisia, Flambeau and Tigress came out in the 30s - 50s, these were considered on par with Coty, Guerlain, etc. In 1964, Rubin sold the company to a French company named Rayette, so for a while it was called Rayette-Fabergé. In 1971, it reverted back to simply being Fabergé.

So where does that leave the scents in these bottles that I have? First off, I they're either from the 50s or 60s. I think Fabergé may have moved on from these scents by the 70s, when Brut forced its way into the world's nasal passages. (It was called "brute" for a reason!) I imagine that they must retain something of their original flavor, but they do combine two (usually) incompatible qualities: they smell kinda cheap and yet interesting, which leads me to believe that Rubin et al must have stuck somewhat to the original formula but maybe dumbed them down a little bit and used cheaper ingredients.

I'm sending some samples off to expert Octavian Coifan at 1000Fragrances in Paris and he's going to kindly tell us what exactly is inside. So stay tuned! (Also, if anyone has the 30s or 40s versions of any of these scents, and feels unusually generous and wants to send some, let me know! I'll send off the decant bottles, etc.:))

Angela Cox

Thank-you very much for that ,very interesting. We look forward to what Octavian has to say ,what a nose that man has !

Cheryl

I have a sample from the 60's at it just falls apart on me. It starts of weak, goes to indistinct, and then like a student at the back of the class, vanishes from sight. For a few moments you almost get where this may be going...

andrea peters

Does anyone have any information on the woodhue one dram gold-colored metal travel case? The design is woven like lattice, the bottom screws off and the glass container that holds the perfume slides out to be replaced. I have one of these and cannot find anything about them online. It is stamped on the bottom: Turn to refill 1 dram, Faberge Woodhue, paris new york toronto. The perfume itself is dried out but the whole thing is intact!

Perfumaniac

Hi Andrea, what are you trying to find out about it?

andrea peters

I think it is a pretty awesome vintage piece so I was trying to find out if I can get refills or maybe how much it would be worth if I decided to sell it. Thank you! :)

Cathy Longo Arment

I HAVE the EXACT set of 3 in the same packaging you pictured! I got it as a gift in 1965!They are slightly used. I want to sell the set. Please advise.

Perfumaniac

Hi Cathy,

I've never sold anything on eBay, but I think that's the way to go. Good luck!

Betsye Kimery

I wore Woodhue in the 50's. I loved it and would like very much to get more. Does the vintage smell the same as it did back then? Where can I get it?

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