Tatty Devine perfume bottle collection: you’ll want them all!

Renowned for their quirky jewellery and accessory designs, Tatty Devine are coming for us fragrance fans with their latest House of Tatty Devine collection. ‘This is the best email we’ve ever scent…’ their email header teased. And they weren’t kidding: we want them ALL!

Tatty Devine Vintage Perfume Bottle Earrings £40

Themed around vintage style perfume bottles, the collection comprises earrings, a brooch and two types of necklaces – all in their glossy, laser-cut, glitz-tastic style. Each vintage style perfume bottle piece includes the finishing touch of a beautiful pearlescent label, ‘etched and hand-inked to bear our logo, just like all the finest perfume houses.’

Tatty Devine Vintage Perfume Bottle Brooch £80

Attention to details like this are what sets Tatty Devine apart, and if you’re anything like us, we bet many of you are adding to your Christmas Lists right this very second! We will even forgive the ‘Ho-ho eau!’ pun on their website (mainly because we wished we’d thought of it first).

Tatty Devine Vintage Perfume Bottle Necklace £35

Alright, we must admit to swooning over any perfume-related accessories (see the Couture issue of The Scented Letter Magazine for more perfume-themed pieces) but there’s something super cute about the vintage style bottles rendered in an almost Pop Art kind of realism, don’t you think? The chunkier version of the necklace (below) also features the laser cut mirrors in yellow, blue, silver and shimmering micro glitter acrylic.

Tatty Devine Vintage Perfume Bottle Necklace £95

We also loved having a read of their accompanying blog, Making Scents with Rosie & Harriet, going behind the scenes with Co-Founders, Creative Director Harriet Vine and Managing Director Rosie Wolfenden, revealing the inspiration behind this unusual festive collection. Probing into their perfume habits and personal scent memories, it was fascinating to learn what Harriet and Rosie thought the House of Tatty Devine perfume would actually smell like, if it truly existed.

For Harriet, ‘There’s a real nostalgia: my attic, old photo albums, my Mum’s old dressing up clothes… You’ve got to get some classic Yardley Violet and Lily of The Valley in there too, my nan’s scent of choice. Oh, and geraniums growing in a greenhouse.’ While Rosie revealed she would add ‘…floral notes from violets in the garden and Ventnor Botanic Gardens’ big Magnolia and Mimosa trees! I was brought up in a hotel on the Isle of Wight and so there are accents of herbs and nutmegs from the kitchen, with a hint of Sherbert Dib Dabs after school.’

Many of us at Perfume Society Towers can already be be seen toting the Gin water bottle and Gin necklace (you can see where our interests lie) among others, but this new perfume bottle collection just got our hearts beating all the faster. You can bet we’re going to be accessorising Christmas outifts with these little pieces of wearable art – be that a little black dress for a ‘do’ or (let’s face it) our comfy pyjamas. Eau yeah!

By Suzy Nightingale

Van Cleef & Arpels love story

A love story expressed in exquisite jewels (and now, fine fragrance) the Van Cleef & Arpels tale truly began when a Dutch craftsman, Alfred Van Cleef – an expert in cutting precious stones – fell in love Estelle Arpels, the daughter of a dealer in those stones. He was 24. She was just 19, and it turned out they were a match made in heaven in more ways than one…

Sharing much more than youthful enthusiasm, a passion for jewellery and a taste for taking on a challenge: they enjoyed constant family support, and in 1906, opened their doors to Paris’s elite in the Place Vendôme.


Times change – but the so-creative Van Cleef & Arpels spirit remains, expressing itself through five themes which have become synonymous with the brand: nature, couture, Art Deco, ‘Transformation’ – and, adding a touch of feminine whimsy, the world of fairies and ballerinas. Over the past century, roses, palm leaves, butterflies and lyre birds have been incorporated into Van Cleef & Arpels’ jewellery – often through the technologically innovative, invisible ‘Mystery setting’.

Though Van Cleef & Arpels never shares the identities of its private clientele, many legendary beauties have been photographed in the jewels:  from Audrey Hepburn to Scarlett Johanssen, Grace Kelly to Julia Roberts, Elizabeth Taylor to Sharon Stone

When Jean-Claude Ellena was commissioned to create First for the perfume house (see featured image) – back in 1976 – it was literally the first ‘jewellery fragrance’ in the world. As Pierre Arpels (part of the VC&A dynasty) commented, ‘I dreamed of a perfume in the image of our jewels: discreet but precious, fleeting but very present.’ Arpels also mused on the relationship between a jewel and a perfume, at the time VC&A unveiled the ground-breaking First. ‘They are the two adornments of women,’ he commented. ‘A dress is a part of a woman’s wardrobe… Her shoes and handbag are accessories. But you could never call a jewel an accessory. Nor a perfume. To me, perfume is the final adornment…’

VC&F’s extravagant floral aldehydic masterpiece First was indeed a real fragrance landmark. With its perfect balance of flowery, warm, aldehydic and spicy notes, First became timeless and sublime. As perfume critic Barbara Herman describes it, ‘First just smells expensive. It’s the perfume equivalent of those floral arrangements seen in the lobbies of expensive hotels.’

Since then, Van Cleef & Arpels continues to work with many of the world’s greatest noses, including Nathalie Lorson (for the gourmand So First), and Antoine Maisondeau, who worked on Féerie, with its unique ‘fairy-topped’ faceted bottle. But what’s also excited the perfume world is the Van Cleef & Arpels Collection Extraordinaire – inspired by the beauty of nature, capturing specific flowers in perfumes like Gardénia Pétale, Muguet Blanc (a sophisticated play on lily of the valley), spiced Lys Carmin and Precious Oud, expressing the delicate side of this so-popular exotic wood.

More recently, the Collection Extraordinaire has featured Rêve de Cashmere (2017) – a fluffy cloud of vanilla, cashmere, jasmine, leather and musk – and Néroli Amara (2018) – a succulent floral green scent encompassing bergamot, Italian lemon, orange and pink pepper, with a deliciously more-ish drydown of black pepper, orange blossom, neroli and musk. We’ve sniffed the soon-to-be-launched future iterations, too, and you’ll definitely want to get your nose around these. Proof positive that sheer class and exquisite attention to detail will always stand the test of time – First, last and always…

Written by Suzy Nightingale

Perfume bottle auction set to stun… feast your eyes on these antique flacons!

Imagine a room stacked with the most precious perfume bottles in the world – crystal flacons glinting and variously dipped in gold, lavished with gems, painstakingly enamelled or perhaps a revolving perfume carousel. Such visions are not merely scenes torn from Marie Antoinette’s diary; for once a year, perfume lovers, collectors and dealers from around the world gather to not only marvel at the impeccable selection, as you might in a museum’s display; but to bid on them and take them home….

bracelet
Having fallen madly in the love with the extremely rare 1928 Parfums de Marcy, trompe l’oeil presentation “Le Bracelet Miraculeux,” – five scents disguised as an art deco bracelet [see above], which sold for $33,000 (a teeny bit out of our price range, sadly…) we knew they would be special – but these are above and beyond.

This year, the Perfume Bottles Auction will take place at 5pm on Friday, May 5th at the Hyatt Regency in Princeton, New Jersey. We’re aware many readers possibly wont be able to make it there in person, but we absolutely guarantee you’ll want to feast your eyes on the sumptuous bottles as we take a look at some of the highlights submitted thus far. The auction catalogue hasn’t even yet been printed, so we were thrilled they were kind enough to get in touch and ask if we’d like a sneak peek.

Well yes. Yes, we would.

The Perfume Bottles Auction is directed by Ken Leach; each year he seeks out the most desirable and unique perfume bottles. This highly prestigious event is the longest running specialty auction of perfume bottles worldwide, and takes place during the annual three-day extravaganza for perfume bottle lovers annual International Perfume Bottles Association convention with the field’s leading dealers featuring thousands of bottles and an internationally recognized auction.
The convention draws together collectors and dealers from around the world, and this year features 250 lots to tempt prospective bidders. Simply put, each item is fabulous and lust-worthy, so it’s hard to pick a favourite, but some of our choices to watch (or bid on, should the fancy take you!) are as follows:

This elaborate French 1820s Charles X Palais Royal perfume carousel made of gilt bronze mounted on an abalone shell with Baccarat cut crystal bottles is estimated to sell between $10,000 and $20,000.
Perfume bottle made by Baccarat in 1926. Made for perfumer Godet for the “Petite Fleur Bleue” fragrance. The crystal bottle is in the shape of a woman’s skirt, while the frost stopper with grey patina perfectly depicts a woman holding flowers. Estimated to sell between $5,000 and $6,000.

Perfume bottle “Gros Fruits” designed by Rene Lalique in 1919 and was available for purchase at Maison Lalique. The detail of plums on the bottle is molded in high relief and colored by grey patina. Estimated to sell between $10,000 to $15,000.
1920s Czechoslovakian “nude dauber” perfume bottle by Heinrich Hoffmann. The bottle is mounted on gilt metal
and decorated with faux jade crystal. The bottle is topped with a frosted
glass medusa medallion. Estimated to sell btw. $5,000-$7,000

UK based collectors and anyone enthralled by the world of fragrance bottle art will be glad to know here is also a UK branch of the organisation, and you can find out more about their activities at ipba-uk.co.uk
Ken Leach is currently accepting consignments for the 2017 auction to be held in Princeton, New Jersey.
Contact: [email protected]
Written by Suzy Nightingale

So First by Van Cleef & Arpels – it's time for the second coming…

‘Every woman deserves to be First…’ was the slightly racy tag-line for the fragrance created for the prestigious French jewellery house of Van Cleef & Arpels founded by Alfred Van Cleef, Charles and Julien Arpels. Debuting way back in 1976 (if you can believe it was that long) the perfume took the world by storm – the iconic floral aldehyde becoming legendary – and secured its way into many a fragrance fan’s heart. So… what better time than the 40th anniversary of the original scent than to celebrate the second-coming with the launch of So First?
Composed by ultra talented perfumer Nathalie Lorson, So First is described as a scent ‘…to wear around your neck, like an invisible jewel.’

Top Notes: Bergamot, magnolia

Heart Notes: Freesia, jasmine, frangipani

Base notes: Vanilla, sandalwood

An harmonious balance of a whisper-soft floral bouquet – an echo of the original, with a sparkle of bergamot twinkling in the top notes – enhanced by a distinctly modern touch of gourmand sweetness. As the waxy magnolia, jasmine and freesia give way to exotically creamy frangipani, we get a subtle yet completely addictive white chocolate-like note that deepens in the dry down of smooth sandalwood and vanilla. Most definitely a wrist-sniffer!
With a streamlined flacon that nods to the heritage of the past while remaining resolutely contemporary, we think it’s set to be the ‘first’ fragrance love of a whole new generation…
So Firest Van Cleef & Arpels
Van Cleef & Arpels So First from £32 for 30ml eau de parfum
Available now exclusively in Harrods (nationwide, September 12th)
Written by Suzy Nightingale

So First by Van Cleef & Arpels – it's time for the second coming…

‘Every woman deserves to be First…’ was the slightly racy tag-line for the fragrance created for the prestigious French jewellery house of Van Cleef & Arpels founded by Alfred Van Cleef, Charles and Julien Arpels. Debuting way back in 1976 (if you can believe it was that long) the perfume took the world by storm – the iconic floral aldehyde becoming legendary – and secured its way into many a fragrance fan’s heart. So… what better time than the 40th anniversary of the original scent than to celebrate the second-coming with the launch of So First?
Composed by ultra talented perfumer Nathalie Lorson, So First is described as a scent ‘…to wear around your neck, like an invisible jewel.’

Top Notes: Bergamot, magnolia

Heart Notes: Freesia, jasmine, frangipani

Base notes: Vanilla, sandalwood

An harmonious balance of a whisper-soft floral bouquet – an echo of the original, with a sparkle of bergamot twinkling in the top notes – enhanced by a distinctly modern touch of gourmand sweetness. As the waxy magnolia, jasmine and freesia give way to exotically creamy frangipani, we get a subtle yet completely addictive white chocolate-like note that deepens in the dry down of smooth sandalwood and vanilla. Most definitely a wrist-sniffer!
With a streamlined flacon that nods to the heritage of the past while remaining resolutely contemporary, we think it’s set to be the ‘first’ fragrance love of a whole new generation…
So Firest Van Cleef & Arpels
Van Cleef & Arpels So First from £32 for 30ml eau de parfum
Available now exclusively in Harrods (nationwide, September 12th)
Written by Suzy Nightingale