VINTAGE - Lanvin Pretexte Extrait

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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.


Our Pretexte 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 Fraysee, Pretexte was created in 1937 and is classified as an ambery floral perfume with woody notes. 

There is not a lot of information available on Pretexte but I did find a Lanvin blogspot that listed the notes as: 

  • Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot and narcissus
  • Heart notes: hay, rose, carnation, hawthorn, opoponax and iris
  • Base notes: leather, castoreum, patchouli, rosewood, ambergris, sandalwood, tonka, vetiver, civet and oakmoss

Pretexte was discontinued in 1969.

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.

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