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1950s Perfumes

Published: July 8, 2021

In the early to mid 20th century, it was common for women to choose one perfume and stick with it throughout their life, marking it as their signature scent. Those preferred by some of the era’s most stylish women remain popular to this day, becoming known as the respective House’s signature fragrances. For many, the fashionable face and the iconic perfumes have become inseparable — think of Chanel No 5, and Marilyn Monroe immediately comes to mind — while other pairings, like Katherine Hepburn’s love of Guerlain’s Vol de Nuit, are lesser known. The 50s were an interesting time, the fallout of WW2 was still being felt around the world and new art movements were emerging. Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art showed how society’s views had changed over the past decade with a shift towards mood and colour over traditional mediums and forms.

1950s perfumes

Although launched in 1948, Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps became one of the defining fragrances of the 1950s.

Popular 1950s perfumes

  • Femme de Rochas: a rich, sultry fragrance aimed at the femme fatale, created in 1944
  • Arpege by Lanvin: a floral romantic scent which was created in 1927 but which became popular during the 1950s
  • Max Factor’s Hypnotique and Primitif: affordable parfums for the masses compared to the scents by the big fashion houses
  • Soir de Paris by Bourjois: popular amongst teenagers in the 1950s and discontinued in 1969, but relaunched in 1992

Did you know there were 36 new fragrances launched in the 1950s? 30 for women, and only 6 for men.

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1950s Perfumes value and price guide

What's your 1950s Perfumes worth in 2021? Here are some recently sold items.

Item Title Date Price
era Rare Guerlain Apres L ondee Rare Guerlain Apres L Ondee Pure Perfume 04/2021 $ 2 061.50
era Rare Guerlain Apres L ondee Rare Guerlain Apres L Ondee Pure Perfume 04/2021 $ 1 708.10
era 1950 Coty Chypre 30 ml Pure 1950 Coty Chypre 30 Ml Pure 06/2021 $ 1 071.18
era Guerlain Shalimar Baccarat 35 Guerlain Shalimar Baccarat 35 Ml 97 Full 05/2021 $ 287.66
era 1950s Coty EMERAUDE DE COTY 1950s Coty EMERAUDE DE COTY Parfum 05/2021 $ 265.05
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Anne - July 25, 2021
I found some vintage 50s colognes in my late father's stuff and don't know what to do with them... What's the best way to sell them?
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