Our My Sin extrait came from a more than 50-year-old set of extraits that were part of an old stock find from a perfume store.
Created by Lanvin in-house perfumer Andre Fraysse, My Sin was first sold in Paris in 1924 under the name Mon Péché. There is another story that My Sin was introduced in 1920 and created by Firmenich and Madame Maria Zede who was an employee of Gabilla Parfumerie. There is also another story that Mon Péché failed in Paris and was then brought to American and sold under the name My Sin.
My Sin features top notes of aldehydes, lemon, clary sage, neroli and bergamot (also mention of acacia, mimosa and heliotrope); middle notes of narcussis, clove, orris, jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, lilac, iris, jonquil and ylang-ylang (also mention of carnation, orange blossom, lily and violet); and base notes of woods, vanilla, tolu balsam, styrax, musk, vetiver and civet (also mention of ambergris and patchouli).
My Sin was discontinued in 1988.
From an article in the Ottawa Citizen from 1961, it was noted that Andre Fraysse had been with the firm for 35 years and that the secret formula to Lanvin perfumes was known only to him and the company president. Copies of the formulas were stored in a sealed envelope in a bank vault. Each individual perfume contained a mixture of at least 50 different ingredients and when Fraysse died, instructions for making the perfumes would be given to his successor. Fraysse began working with Lanvin in 1925 and was then an unknown. He created their first fragrance, My Sin and Crescendo was the first new fragrance to be launched since 1937. Legendary perfumer Edmond Roudnitska had once said that he considered Fraysse to be the best perfumer of them all.
Interesting to note, is that My Sin is part of the Smithsonian's collection of cosmetics and personal care products displayed at the National Museum of American History.