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.