Direct from Shangri-La via Avon, Bird of Paradise flew into our world in 1969. It was best known for it’s beautiful bottles, ornamental figural pieces in molded glass.
The flower Bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is a large tropical herb. It is native to South America and has a fresh green and lively scent. The blooms look like the tropical bird of the same name.
Below is a promotional piece from 1970. It describes the fragrance as delicate and fresh. It gives an exotic impression. The model sports a feather boa in peacock shades, her features are enchanting, and she has a faraway gaze. It shows the scented range in pale turquoise, emerald green and lilac with bottles like ornate vases.
Below is the cream sachet pot. It contained soft, white, perfumed cream which was marketed to be worn after the bath. The lid is extremely detailed considering the very inexpensive cost. It has an enameled effect, though it is actually embossed tin. The colours are gay and vibrant, with an Asian influence in the background floral design.
My own personal bottle is one of these birds of paradise with furled tail. The golden lid forms the head and neck with molded feather detail. It is outstanding in it’s design, and makes a lovely decorative statement. It was produced between 1970-72.
Opening notes: Bird of paradise flower and tobacco.
Middle notes: Jasmine and iris.
Base notes: Incense, vetiver and sandalwood.
This has a sweet floral opening with a touch of tobacco giving it something special. Though it is vintage, it has aged very well. The incense adds a deliciously smoky edge, warming and exotic. The drydown is rich and smooth, with a touch of powder, and longevity is good.
Suited to: Warm summer days and tropical nights.
Rating: I give this a bronze medal.
Price: Can be found on the secondary market fairly easily and at reasonable prices.