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The Perfumed Dandy’s American Scents: the 20teens…Ombre de Hyacinth by Tom Ford Nice, niche but not 

An American perfume with a faux French name made by a fake ‘niche perfume house’ owned by a multi-national in conjunction with a celebrity known more for fashion than fragrance who doesn’t do that much designing anymore but does make films…

If any perfumes more precisely encapsulate today’s topsy turvy world of scent better than those like Ombre de Hyacinth from one of Tom Ford‘s micro ranges produced in conjunction with Estee Lauder and some of the biggest names in the business then I don’t know which they are.

Apart from the olfactory history perspective though, this particular aroma does point to an often unmentioned fact

Out there amongst the endless ‘prive’ lines and not so exclusive ‘exclusif’ collections there are a wealth of well made, relatively widely available and, in this case at least, quite unusual fine fragrances.

While bone dry, high tech, galbanum and blue flower ice queens like this can slip beneath the corporate radar perhaps there is still hope for mainstream perfume even if it resides beyond the headline scents…

Many, many thanks to the estimable Ginzaintherain of The Black Narcissus for brining this bottle of grey mist anti-joy to The Dandy’s attention.

Backwards through time we go…

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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To all American readers at home and abroad: Happy Independence Day 4th July 2013


To everyone in the USA today and everyone from the USA eveywhere else:

Happy Independence Day!


To mark this 4th of July, some special picks over the next few days as The Dandy celebrates seven decades since ‘the first great American perfume’.

Can you guess which it will be?

We’ll be starting at the end of the story in the teens and working backwards to the fifties (my goodness if only life would work like that!).


So hold on to your hotdogs, hamburgers and California Rolls it’s going to be quite a ride.

Yours ever

The Perfumed Dandy.

The Perfumed Dandy


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