Friday, February 21, 2014

Tailspin by Lucien Lelong c1940

Tailspin by Lucien Lelong: launched in 1940. Created by Jean Carles. This perfume was marketed in France as "Passionnement".

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. Sandalwood and jasmine.

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, 1940:
"Lelong's new Tailspin, a fresh, feminine floral blend, is as good as the box it comes in buoyant, All which Seems to be made ​​of a stack of red, white, and blue poker chips."

Gargoyle Magazine, 1945:
"Dizzying as falling in love . . . Tailspin Perfume will make her heart go spinning toward you. ... A head-over heels fragrance that she'll always enjoy. $5.00, $7.50, $12.00."


Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. Still being sold in 1975.

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