Sunday, 11 May 2014

"Overcome in a cable car!" - Sally Blake

Protests over too strong perfume

Harriet Hubbard Ayer (in her book of beauty tips dated 1902)

“Overcome in a cable-car!!”

“Some of us in these days of artificial musk and suffocating rose who have been stifled in the theatre and overcome in cable-cars and restaurants by the heaviness, have fervently wished the use of such nauseating odours might be restricted to the boudoirs and drawing rooms whose queens elect to vulgarise their surroundings...”

Miss Ayer goes on to warn against the  “dangers of musk, rose, saffron and almond to those of a sensitive disposition, being hypnotic, and should be forbidden to delicate girls and women” as “hysteria is frequently caused.”

The President of Manufacturing Perfumes Association USA (1905)

“The day when delicacy of odour and richness were demanded appears to have gone, and the cry is for something strong, rank, and lasting. Once an odour lasting 24-hours on a handkerchief was deemed satisfactory. Now, unless the odour will last a week, it is thought weak and ephemeral!”

Charlemagne (c. 774)

Charlemagne is alleged to have been the first to allow women to join the men at table, “as long as they do not wear heavy perfume and do not put everyone else off their food.”

(Note: some 1200 years before Giorgio)

Source: William Kaufman’s “Perfume” – Pages 110-111

Sally Blake
 a note, date unknown.