Saturday, April 4, 2015

Ajee by Revlon c1994

Ajee by Revlon: launched in 1994.

"From the heart of Africa comes a fragrance that will capture the heart of every woman, a fragrance steeped in rare and exotic ingredients that come together in a scent unlike any other."

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral oriental fragrance for women. Similar to Opium and Cinnabar.

  • Top notes: bergamot, tangerine, ylang-ylang, orange blossom
  • Middle notes: spices, lily of the valley, geranium, iris, jasmine
  • Base notes: rosewood, woods, musk, vanilla and amber
Discontinued, date unknown.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ciara by Revlon c1973

Ciara by Revlon: launched in 1973. (pronounced SEE-AHR'-AH). There was one year at Revlon when all the fragrances seemed to have something to do with the name Charles Revson. Ciara (a poetic arrangement of Mr. Revson's initials), then Cerissa (another play on the initials CR).

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Cerissa by Revlon c1974

Cerissa by Revlon: launched in 1974.


Jontue by Revlon c1975

Jontue by Revlon: launched in 1975.

According to the book International Marketing: Strategy and Theory, the author mentioned that "the former French-born chairman of Revlon viewed Amoresse as unsuitable for a fragrance for the international audience; consequently, the name was changed to Jontue."

Revlon's research team had reported that most women thought that the perfume's name, "Jontue," was either a woman's name or a foreign term for romance or something along those lines. However, insiders had revealed that the translation is really is "John, too" — as a tribute to Charles Revson's 32-year-old son John Charles Revson.

While Revlon's Charlie fragrance was aimed at the independent woman, Jontue was created to appeal to a more romantic audience.


Aquamarine by Revlon c1946

Today I had an email from a lady who purchased some vintage soaps from an estate sale. The fragrance of the soaps was for Revlon's Aquamarine. So that inspired me to write up a small blog about the scent.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Maroc by Ultima II c1985

Maroc by Ultima II/Revlon: launched in 1985. Ultima II envisioned luxury when they created this perfume and its gold on gold presentation boxes.

Maroc was inspired by the moschata, a wild, white, musk rose, which can only be found growing  on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco, east of Tangier, during September. The moschata flowers in the sunlight and blooms on long after dark. Lush, warm and sensual.

Maroc was exclusively blended in France of high quality essential oils which included Moschata rose, rose maroc, rose otto, jasmine maroc and rich undertones of patchouli, amber, musk  and mousse de chene. The scent is reminiscent of Moroccan princesses , poets, and potentates, evoking an atmosphere of opulence.

So what does it smell like? It was classified as a floral chypre fragrance for women.

  • Top notes: bergamot, honey, coriander, geranium
  • Middle notes: Moschata rose, rose maroc, rose otto, jasmine maroc
  • Base notes: orris, rosewood, patchouli, ambergris, musk, vetiver, civet and oakmoss


The spokesmodel for the perfume was 25 year old Kim Alexis, who posed in Morocco for the perfume's advertisements.

Maroc disappeared from the shelves around 1990 and remains a popular discontinued scent today..


The perfume was re-created by Long Lost Perfumes in 1995. It features:
  • Top notes: coriander, cardamom, geranium, rosewood, bergamot, and aldehydes.
  • Heart: Otto rose, jasmine, orris root, gardenia, ylang-ylang and lily of the valley.
  • Base: sandalwood, musk, patchouli, vetiver and oak moss.

Xi'a Xi'ang by Revlon c1987

Xia Xiang by Revlon, a subtle Oriental scent with citrus floral spice and fruit overtones.

Xi'a Xi'ang was launched by Charles of the Ritz in 1987, in 1990, it was released under the Revlon name. " Pronounced, "See Ah See Ang", meaning "Imagination". It was called the "Fragrance of the Imagination.

 In the book  "The Discourse on Advertising" , author Guy Cook, notes that the perfume's logo is reminiscent of a stylized calligraphy of the two Chinese characters meaning "Distant Thoughts" and "Daydream".

Revlon contracted Chinese born, television star and national symbol, Yue-Sai Kan to front the promotion for the perfume across the USA. Ms. Kan traveled to higher end department stores to demonstrate the perfume on eager female customers. Her little ritual included that the woman extend her hand, palm up and Kan would spray the inside of the wrist with the cologne version of the $150 an ounce perfume.

Xi'a Xi'ang was available in pure perfume, eau de cologne, eau de toilette,  "soft pearls cologne splash", dusting powder and "perfumed body silk". The soft pearls cologne  had tiny pearl-like spheres floating in the fragrance of Xi'a Xi'ang .

The scent supposedly contained "aldehydes and diffused citrus and green top notes of bergamot, lemon and mandarin orange", floating under these notes is a delicate but exotic floral bouquet of jasmine, rose, gardenia, orchid,orange blossom, lily of the valley, carnation, lilac and ylang ylang, then comes fruity notes of peach and plum mixed with cinnamon, chamomile and pimento. This all rests upon a base of amber, benzoin, cedar, musk, sandalwood, oakmoss, tonka, patchouli and vanilla.

The fragrance came in pink frosted  ‘snuff-box’ shaped bottles embossed with Chinese styled trees. The bottles were made by Pochet et du Courval in France.

Xi'a Xi'ang was discontinued around 1995. You can sometimes it find it on ebay.