Friday, November 5, 2010

Vintage Houbigant Perfume Compact

Today's find comes from my own jewelry box.  Several years ago my grandmother was cleaning out her bathroom and gave me this little perfume compact which at the time still had the solid perfume in it.  As the perfume was spoiled I washed it out and have use this as a pill case on my dresser ever since.  Its sort of a classy little way to hold your morning pills in an inconspicuous manner.

Vintage Houbigant Perfume Compact
Vintage Houbigant Perfume Compact - Interior View

Now for those who are interested in the history of Houbigant Perfumes here is a little background on the brand...

Houbigant was a perfume manufacturer founded in Paris in 1775 by Jean-François Houbigant of Grasse (1752-1807).  The original shop,  called "A la Corbeille de Fleurs", was in the rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and they specialized in selling perfumes (of course), gloves and bridal bouquets.  Clients included Queen Marie-Antoinette of France, two French emperors, Princess Adélaïde d'Orléans, Princess Dagmar of Denmark, wife of emperor Alexander III of Russia,  Madame Du Barry, mistress of King Louis XV of France and Queen Victoria of England.  Houbigant perfume still exists today though they were bought out in 1995 and are now part of one of the giant international beauty conglomerates.

For your viewing pleasure I have found some Houbigant advertisements from the the era in which this little treasure was created...

Houbigant Perfume Advertisement for "Flatterie" circa 1960

Houbigant Perfume Advertisement for "Chantilly" circa 1965


Oh yeah...and this is my grandma who it belonged to...

                              

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