AromaTrack Vintage Perfume Guide for Scent of Triumph

SCENT OF TRIUMPH by Jan Moran Book CoverClassic perfumes are tried-and-true vintage fragrances that have flamed the hearts of lovers for decades. Before writing Scent of Triumph (St. Martin’s Press (2015), I wrote the Fabulous Fragrances books, gave countless media interviews about fragrance, and conducted training for Sephora and DFS stores around the world. The same question was always asked: “What are your favorite fragrances?” I admit, a piece of my heart belongs to classic perfumes, so I created a vintage perfume guide to share my favorites with other like-minded aficionados.

This vintage fragrance list includes some of my favorite classic perfumes for women and men. I’ve arranged them in sections for the reading of the novel; if you read it, you’ll discover why. (I included fragrances that are still available today, but occasionally one might be discontinued.)

Scent of Triumph is about a female French perfumer from the 1940s, so it’s interesting to bring another dimension of the senses — the olfactory sense — to the reading experience, especially for those in book clubs.

As I write, I  often set the scene — and my own writing venue — with true-to-the-period perfumes that were available at that time. I like to engage all the senses with music, books, and styles of the day.

In addition, you might wish to preview and download the Scent of Triumph Reading Guide I created for St. Martin’s Press. The guide is also in the back of each print and ebook copy of Scent of Triumph. I hope you find these interesting topics for discussion (and no spoilers).

Bring the Olfactory Sense into the Book Club

Allure Magazine February Issue Blind Perfume Sniff test with Jan Moran from ScentsaGood discussion questions for book clubs include: What are YOUR favorite classic perfumes? Women’s or men’s or both. Do you have any vintage fragrance memories of family members or first loves? Can you share the history or memories of vintage fashion designers such as Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, or Jean Patou?

If you’re in a book club, as you’re reading a book, think about which perfumes you might apply when reading to enhance your enjoyment. Do the characters have signature scents? (I often “scent” a character in my work, and for fellow authors as well.) Is there a special aroma the author uses in the book to set a scene or conjure a memory? The olfactory sense is the most overlooked sense in writing, but it’s powerfully evocative.

As you’re reading Scent of Triumph, light a few candles, uncork the wine or brew the tea, and sniff these perfumes to your heart’s content. To find these classic fragrances, simply search online, or on Amazon or eBay.

Leave a comment to share your favorites from this list, or add your own vintage favorites, or perfumes that appeared in other literary works. And, if you’d like to contact me for a book club skype call or fragrance event, I’d love to hear from you!

Scent of Triumph AromaTrack – Classic Vintage Perfumes

The European Conflict Begins
• Normandie by Jean Patou (1935)
• Mitsouko (1919)
• Shalimar by Guerlain (1925)
• Chanel No. 5 (1921)
• Cocktail by Jean Patou (1930)
• Habanita by Molinard (1921)
• Après L’Ondée by Guerlain (1906)
• Narcisse Noir by Caron (1912)
• Quelques Fleurs L’Original by Houbigant (1912)

• Spanish Leather by Geo. F. Trumper (1902)
• Chanel Eau de Cologne (1929) Unisex
• Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain (1904)
• Jicky by Guerlain (1889)
• Eau de Cologne du Coq (1894 ) Unisex
• Dunhill for Men (1934)

Arriving in America
• Tabac Blond by Caron (1919)
• Vol de Nuit by Guerlain (1933)
• En Avion by Caron (1932)
• Bandit by Robert Piguet (1944)
• Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden (1934)

• Old Spice by Shulton (1937)
• Lavanda Imperiale by Santa Maria Novella (1937)
• Madrigal by Molinard (1935)

Return to Europe
• Nuit de Noël by Caron (1922)
• Cuir de Russie by Chanel (1927)
• Pour Une Femme de Caron (1942)

• Spanish Leather by Geo. F. Trumper (1902)
• Portugal by Geo. F. Trumper (1938)

More Vintage and Classic Perfumes

Vintage Perfumes Guiede by Jan Moran book coverIf you’d like to learn more about classic and vintage perfumes, check out my nonfiction book, Vintage Perfumesfeaturing many beloved fragrances from the world’s most talented perfumers.

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