Roja Doves' Stand Out Scents of the Past 100 Years Sampler - Set of Seven 1ml Samples

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All sales are final, we are a perfume sampling company - letting you try perfume before you invest in a bottle. Unfortunately, we cannot refund any product that you do not like. If you are new to perfume or wanting to break out of wearing the same scent, try our starter sampler packs so that you can find the perfume that works for you.


This is a sampler of the seven scents from the past 100 years that Roja Dove believes to be the true classics of their decade.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Roja Dove he is perhaps the world's most famous nose, a fragrance historian, perfumer, the world's sole Professeur de Parfum and owner of Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie in Harrods in London. This list is taken from his book The Essence of Perfume. The information about each fragrance is from an article on the Internet from the Daily Mail in the U.K. These are mostly the current formulations of the fragrances; they are not vintage scents unless it specifically says.

  • 1919 Tabac Blond by Caron - the 1910s were when women and perfume became emancipated. Corsets were gone, Coco was making dresses out of jersey and Edwardian hair was replaced with the bob. The world was introduced to a new vision of femininity. Tabac Blond was originally created for men by Ernest Daltroff with Virginia tobacco as its central theme. Daltroff's muse, Felicie Wanpouille realized that men were not ready to wear something like this and decided to bottle it for women. This is the EDP.
  • 1927 Arpege by Lanvin - the 20s was the decade when women really started to redefine themselves. Women had done much to keep the world working during the war and now that they had the right to vote, things were never going to be the same again.  Arpege was commissioned by Jeanne Lanvin as a gift for her daughter's 30th birthday. Made of 62 notes it includes rose, jasmine and lily of the valley. This is the EDP.
  • 1933 Unavailable
  • 1944 Bandit by Robert Piguet - in the 40s the war changed everyone's lives and people craved newness and youth and got it in perfumery with a fresh "green" note. They also craved luxury. Bandit was created by one of the first female parfumeurs, Grmaine Cellier.  It hearlded a new type of leather chypre fragrance. This is the EDP.
  • 1952 Youth Dew by Estee Lauder - the 50s brought a breakdown of rules in society and brought about a change in fragrance style with many scents becoming more aggressive and animalistic. Estee Lauder created a scent accessible to every woman.  Realizing that women wanted to wear perfume but felt guilty about buying it for themselves, she created a concentrated bath oil that was long lasting and cost a fraction of the price of French perfumes. This is the EDP.
  • 1961 Caleche by Hermes - the 60s brought about unprecedented changes and anything seemed possible. Perfumer Guy Robert created a new type of floral scent that opened with a burst of sparking citrus notes. This is the EDT.
  • 1970s Unavailable
  • 1981 Ombre Rose by Jean-Charles Brosseau - in the 80s perfumery lost all of its subtlety. Ombre Rose was an overnight sensation. Women related to its soft femininity.
  • 1992 Angel by Thierry Mugler - the 90s began with a global recession and the denunciation of consumerism. It was also the decade with the greatest homogeneity in men's and women's fragrances. There was a strong theme of escape. Mugler wanted a scent from his childhood:  the smell of candyfloss and toffee apples. This is the EDP.
  • 2005 Unavailable

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