Sunday, February 23, 2014

Orgueil by Lucien Lelong c1946

Orgueil by Lucien Lelong: launched in 1946. The name means "Pride" in French. Created by Jean Carles after the liberation of France from German occupation and expresses her pride for the French victory.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is described as an aldehydic fruity floral oriental fragrance with soft floral and spicy oriental undertones.
  • Top notes: acacia, aldehydes, genet, plum, peach, sweet pea, reseda, geranium, linden, 
  • Middle notes: lily, violet, pepper, carnation, tuberose, jasmine, iris, Bulgarian rose, cloves, nutmeg
  • Base notes: Tonkin musk, patchouli, labdanum, vanilla, oakmoss, sandalwood, ambergris and leather. 

L'Amour de l'art, 1950:
"Orgueil by Lucien Lelong: Presented in a gold bottle reminiscent of the gourd of pilgrims, it could evoke the night of Venusberg... It is a seductive potion like a capital sin, irresistible like the temptation of a demon! "


Orgueil's parfum was housed inside of a blown clear glass bottle similar to a chess pawn in shape, clad with a heavy gilded metal surface. Two versions exist of this flacon, a matte gold finish and a shiny metallic gold finish. 

  • 4 oz Parfum bottle stands 4.6" tall (this size was also used for the factice)
  • 0.75 oz Parfum bottle stands 3" tall.
  • 0.25 oz Parfum bottle stands 2" tall.

The 0.25 oz parfum bottle was housed inside of a heavy cardboard presentation box with a lid that sits over a base. The box is lined with white silk.

The 0.75 oz and the 4 oz parfum bottles were housed in a heavy cardboard deluxe presentation box, that has two doors and a flip top lid, its exterior covered with marbled paper and its interior lined with white silk. The bottle sits inside of a recessed depression on a platform in the center of the box, the front of the platform has a small gilded plaque reading "Orgueil." The inside of the lid is emblazoned with a hot stamped gold double L logo for Lucien Lelong.

In 1947, Orgueil was also available in a lovely lipstick case made up of gilded brass, following the lines of the chess pawn perfume flacon. The lipstick case stands 2" tall and came in a flocked box.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

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