Thursday, March 07, 2013

Nettie Rosenstein- Tianne, Mlle Ghe, Fleurs d'Elle (Vintage Perfumes)


My fascination with Nettie Rosenstein and her work continues. I may or may not have been spending an unhealthy amount of time looking at her costume jewelry online (and obviously coveting the stuff that goes for 4-digits). At least I have Mrs. Rosenstein's perfumes to amuse me.


 I already talked about the beautiful Odalisque, but I also managed to acquire small amounts of her even more obscure fragrances: Tianne (1948),  Mlle Ghe (1960 or 1965), and Fleurs d'Elle (1961). Since they came in one coffret (with Odalisque), it's obvious that my bottles were made after 1961. How much after? I can't tell as I'm not certain when exactly they were discontinued (Odalisque and Tianne remained in production much longer than the others). In any case, the very first time I sprayed all of them I had to deal with some funkiness. Thankfully, once the stuff inside the sprayer mechanism was gone and I had the chance to test the rest of the juice I was delighted. Yes, it smells vintage in the best possible way-- as in "they don't make them like that anymore".


Mlle Ghe is a dirty white floral. Jasmine, civet and a filthy musk, quite indolic .There may be some aged tuberose in there. It's of the same school of thought that brought us Ferme tes Yeux.


Fleurs d'Elle- green and floral, there's an aldehydic touch, thankfully not too stale. I'm pretty sure I smell lavender with some teeth, that keeps Fleurs d'Elle from being too dainty. I smell shades of Reverie au Jardin there.



Tianne was the one I first thought has gone off, only to discover there's still life in there. It's another aldehydic floral, spicier than Fleurs d'Elle and woodsy enough to be the least femme of the bunch.


There's very little information available about Nettie Rosenstein's perfumes. Since they're so American and have been discontinued for many years none of the books I have mentions them.  Are you a Nettie Rosenstein fan? Have you worn any of her perfumes?

Photos of Nettie Rosenstein's fashion and jewelry via hprints.com and myvintagevogue.com.

5 comments:

  1. I have never heard of her as I am Australian but - they all sound like perfumes I would adore and they have that "real perfume" feel and smell to them - you know, not that chemical watery stuff many scents are today :(
    Love that jewellery too!!! Love those ads - so classy!
    Is that Nettie in the chic orange dress?

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  2. I read your blog post with interest as used to wear Tianne back in the late 60's when I was 19 or 20!! (till I could no longer find it) I'm 62 now. It was a beautiful, floral/clean/woody scent and even then, was difficult to find. I could only purchase it in one particular dress shop in the small-ish town that I lived in - in Pa. I had a 3 pc. spray coffret also, but Tianne remained my favorite of them. A couple yrs. ago, I bought a vintage Tianne from ebay. It's not wearable anymore, as strong woody notes and something else have taken over (I'm not a pro at describing scents), but there are still some notes in there that bring it back into my memory as it was - lovely.

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  3. Back in the late sixties, when I was in my early twenties, and living in Omaha, Nebraska, I worked with a woman who smelled as if she had just stepped out of the shower every day. When I asked her what perfume she was wearing, she said it was Tianne by Nettie Rosenstein. I have never smelled such a lovely scent since.

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  4. does anyone remember a Tianne sold in a robin egg blue bottle with Chinese woman in gold? I just found the bottle rummaging in my Pirate's Cave garage. My one perfume bottle.

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  5. I found an old bottle of Mlle Ghe some years ago at a thrift store, and I thought at the time I smelled powerful nitro-musks and possibly IsoBQ leather. But I think it had degraded somewhat and if I smelled it again today I might have a different take on it.

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