Scents of Nostalgia

Everyone has certain fragrances that evoke memories of their childhood.   For me it’s Evening in Paris, Yardley Oh De London,  Chanel No 5 and White Shoulders.  I remember my fascination  over those dark cobalt blue bottles with their shiny silver labels sitting atop my grandmother’s vanity.     If I had known the word “glamorous” back then, I’m sure that’s how I would have described them.

Back in the 60s Yardley’s Oh De London was the first bottle of cologne I saved up to buy for myself.  That’s when I also started to become more fashion conscious. So  I will always associate  Yardley products, especially Oh De London,  with Twiggy, miniskirts, Carnaby Street  and groovy Mod fashions!

My Dad  gave me my first bottle of Chanel No 5 and I remember how special and  grown up it made me feel. So seeing a bottle of this iconic fragrance never fails to put a smile on my face.

And I wear  White Shoulders today not only for its lovely  powdery  floral scent but because  it always brings back wonderful memories of my Mom.  It was her favorite scent worn only for when she was dressing up.

Below are some ads for memorable classic fragrances.  My favorites and some others that will maybe help stir up some memories for you too!

Evening in Paris 1942 Ad

Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass Ad 1956

Elizabeth Arden Blue Grass Ad 1956

1960s Chanel No 5 Ad

1960s Chanel No 5 Ad

Beautiful 60s ad of Jean Shrimptom for Oh De London.  Sourced from the Swinging Sixties Blog.

Yardley Oh De London Ad 1960s

Yardley Oh De London Ad 1960s

White Shoulders by Evyan Ad-1963

White Shoulders by Evyan Ad-1963

Emeraude by Coty and  Tabu by Dana Perfume Ads 1968

Emeraude by Coty and Tabu by Dana Perfume Ads 1968

 

Mink and Pearls by Jovan 1973

Mink and Pearls by Jovan 1973

Got any favorite scents that bring back fond memories for you? Please feel free to share!

 

 

 

By | 2014-02-17T09:06:51-04:00 November 26th, 2011|Fashion, Nostalgia|Comments Off on Scents of Nostalgia

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Theresa
Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.