This floral darling is literally an antique in the perfume world, having been created in 1886. It is historically important as one of the first five fragrances produced by Avon, then known as The California Perfume Company.
This photo from Avon shows these ‘Little dot perfumes’ as they were called. They were soliflores (single notes).
It survived until the late 1980s and is currently discontinued. Below is a photograph of the last bottle and packaging design. The box has watercolour art of flowers in pastel tones. The bottle has green contents which sets it apart from other Avon issues, only Hawaiian white ginger was also produced in green liquid. This can be useful for identification purposes. The bottle is triangular with flowers on the glass, and a gold lid. Over the years it was released in many varying ornamental and novelty design containers.
I cannot find information on whether this remained a soliflore or had reformulations over it’s long life span. I will try my best to determine this from my own bottle which is from the 1970s.
Having opened my precious time capsule of scent, I feel this is a single note of lily of the valley, of the highest quality too. It is fresh green and feminine. It is so easy to wear and subtle a child could wear it.
Suited to: Spring and summer because it is delicate, lighter than air, and feels like sunshine.
Rating: I give this a bronze medal, I do love it, but it may be too retro for others.
Price: As this is discontinued search for the best prices on eBay and etsy, etc.