Friday, February 21, 2014

Passionnement by Lucien Lelong c1940

Passionnement by Lucien Lelong: launched in 1940. Created by Jean Carles. The name means "Passionately' in French. This perfume was sold as 'Tailspin' in the USA.

" Ce perfume est vendu aux États-Unis sous l'appellation TAILSPIN" - translation: "This perfume is sold in the United States under the name TAILSPIN". 

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It was described as a floral oriental fragrance for women. Sweet, fresh fragrance with chypre background and spicy note.

It features a fern-like facet; combined with a marriage of sweet sandalwood and narcotic jasmine, layered over a pungent aromatic resin background suggestive of a medicinal (piney) chypre odor, then punctuated with fruits, fresh citrus and warm spices. 
  • Top notes: aldehydes, lemon, bergamot, cyclamen, bitter herbs, fruity notes, green notes, cinnamon, cloves,
  • Middle notes: gardenia, hyacinth, carnation, lily of the valley, Bulgarian rose, jasmine, orange blossom, narcissus
  • Base notes: oakmoss, pine, civet, galbanum, okoume wood, Mysore sandalwood, tobacco, cedar, ambergris, patchouli, musk, resins, wormwood

Le Petit Parisien : journal quotidien du soir, 1941:
"'Passionnément', by Lucien Lelong, is quite a confession. It whispers what the lips barely dare to spell.. 'Passionnément'. Each syllable flies away like an fragrant dream, in a complicit and silent echo. More precious is 'Impromptu', more tenacious too, evoking this XVII century with mannered splendors. 'Indiscret', on the other hand, as its name admits, has a more disturbing charm. As for 'N', mysterious as well as audacious, it suits the spiritual woman, while 'Whisper', all of sweetness and confidence, is a harmonious melody which seems like a distant song. Finally, 'Orage', a young girl's fragrance, fresh and light like a burst of youthful laughter."

Combat, 1955:
"Passionnement (perfumed cologne) by Lucien Lelong: on a very chypre base, enhanced by a touch of civet, cedar, okoumé, sandalwood and jasmine develop, in this scent of extreme opulence, whose it is possible for the woman, by using the eau de cologne, to impregnate her whole body. Her dully passionate violence is then tempered by the blossoming of the cyclamen and the narcissus, which are fruited by the citrus fruits."

The New Yorker, 1951:
"Lelong has come up with Passionnement, a brisk floral blend,. $ 10.80 for two ounces."

Cue, 1956:
"For instance, Lucien Lelong found a way to offer fine perfumes at low cost. He simply removed the costly wrappings and presented them in a typical French- without-frills package. Since you can't wear the bottle, reasoned M. Lelong, why pay for it! Lelong’s Passionnement, a newcomer to these shores, was a favorite of Parisiennes for many years though it was originally high priced."


Passionnement/Tailspin Fluted Bottle:

  • Ref No. 257 - 1/4 oz Parfum - bottle stands 2.75" tall
  • 1 oz Parfum - bottle stands 3.5" tall.
  • 2 oz Parfum - bottle stands 4" tall.
  • 3 oz Parfum - bottle stands 4.5" tall.

Other Bottles:

Ref. 3002 - 7ml Parfum mini 

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. Still being sold in 1956.

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