Evening in Paris Cologne

Evening in Paris Cologne

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Ernest Beaux created the perfume “Soir de Paris” (“Evening in Paris”) for French perfumer Bourjois in 1928. Established in Paris in 1863 to manufacture make up and face powders, Bourjois has been making perfume since 1900. “Evening in Paris” was originally sold in a cobalt blue bottle designed by Jean Helleu. The scent was discontinued in the late 1960s, and revived and reformulated by Chanel in the early 1990s.
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Cosmetics; Patent Medicines; Drugs; Liquid
date made
ca 1940s-1950s
Bourjois, Inc.
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
United States: New York, New York City
overall: 4 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 in; 11.43 cm x 5.715 cm x 2.54 cm
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Gift of Gary P. and Sandra Baden
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National Museum of American History
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My Mom and Aunt both loved Evening in Paris,the scent is unmistakable and the cobalt blue bottles simply gorgeous! Other scents they loved were White Shoulders,L'air du Temps,Felce Azzurra from Italy,and a lesser known line of soaps and fragrances named "Maja" by Myrurgia,for women from Spain..delightfully fresh scent! Whenever I smell these fragrances,I am instantly transported back to my childhood,as these fragrances evoke my younger years with the women who raised me..great memories! Incidentally,I remember my Aunt telling me she loved the smell of "Brut" for men,by Faberge,a scent which I wore frequently,after receiving it from her for Christmas and birthdays time and time again..Those were the days!! I am a child of the 60s and 70s..great times!!
I remembered it as Eau d' Toilette and the little blue bottle was around 29¢ at Woolworth's or Grant's. I was nostalgic about it and bought a bottle, barely used, on eBay. It's a light scent and I still think of my mom when I smell it.
My mom wore Evening in Paris and before she passed away, I found her a complete set on e-Bay. She had Alzheimers and was un-communicative most of the time, but the moment I had her smell the bottle of perfume, she instantly said "Evening in Paris". I cherish the memories and every now and then, I open the box and take in the smell, it brings me back to my childhood and fond memories of mom.
Oddly enough, I actually have a different memory of this perfume. My mother worked at Marshall Field and Chicago back in the late 40s. Yes she was one of those great looking beautiful stylish Marshall Fields girls, just like Dorothy Lamoore (sp?). Mom actually always used to laugh about evening in Paris because the Marshall Fields girls at that time viewed it as a cheap perfume that didn’t smell very nice. Mom was more of a Chanel or Guerlain lady. After all the comments I think I might have to check it out for myself.
I have this bottle of perfume it was my grandmothers and when she passed away I was gifted it. Perfume still in there but I never use it. Sentimental.
I remembered that when I was a little girl in the 1950's & 1960's that my Mom used a blue bottle of perfume, but I could not remember the name. I only knew that it had something to do with Paris or evening. My Mom is turning 102 this year on the 20 April 2020. I will always have sweet memories of the perfume in the blue bottle.
Hope your Mom made it through to her birthday. What an amazing age to reach. My sister who is 80 recently sent me her old bottle of Evening in Paris, including the original perfume. I can't say I love the smell, but I collect cobalt blue bottles, etc, so it's nice to have that little piece of history in my collection. My bottle top is a bit different, but it is labelled with Bourjois, Monteal - Paris, so it must be the Canadian version. My regards to your mother.
Of all the fragrances and cosmetics my mother used ( she was born in 1912) the only one that remains in my the memory and the memory of all my siblings is Evening In Paris. Because of that fragrance I became a flight attendant so that I could spend evenings in Paris. Thanks for the memories of a lifetime.
Cleaning up things from my grandmother’s house I found an Evening in Paris box set. It’s so pretty I don’t want to get rid of it. I think I’ll save it for its beauty.
I received a boxed set of Evening in Paris from my first boyfriend as a Christmas present when I was 14. It was a velvet lined box with cologne, perfume, toilet water, powder and hand lotion, all in the cobalt blue bottles. I recently sampled it at the Vermont Country Store and sweet memories returned. I am 73 yrs old.
if you lived near me oh i would so love to see it! i do believe it was the perfume my Mother wore! what a treasure you have found!!!
My mom used to use this perfume when she used to go watch my dad play music. It brings back so many good memories.
My mother who is 80, gave me a 1fl oz empty bottle of Evening in Paris perfume. It came from her grandmother which would be my great grandmother. I enjoyed reading all the comments about this product. The bottle however is clear and not the cobalt blue I seen in a picture. She said she thought her grandmother had received it in the late 1940’s. Is this the same perfume?
Yes, it also came in clear and light blue bottles. If you look on eBay you will the variety. :)
My Mother always wore Evening in Paris fragrance when I was a little girl, it smelt beautiful. Sometimes I used to put a dab behin my ears. Is there a fragrance that smells like it ?
Hi Sue, you can still buy Evening in Paris perfume by bourjois its still in a midnight blue bottle. I got given a bottle for Christmas and my mum said it still smells the same as what her mother wore! Hope this helps.
Hello Carolina and like everyone else, Evening in Paris is exactly what my mother wore and I would have enough allowance saved to go to the store and buy this perfume for my mother. My mother was a model for McCall and Vogue magazine during the late 1930’s and 1940’s.
My mother was part NA and never got the hang of perfume and makeup! Married 19, promptly had 4 of us! Dad bought her a bottle of Evening In Paris but she only wore it for Theatre or Dinners! She made svelt sheath dresses from Marshall Fields fabrics and Vogue or Channel patterns! For events, a black slender dress, black heels, a splash of red lipstick a comb through the hair, she was ready to boogie; THEN a dab of Evening in Paris in the blue bottle! Dad had terrific taste! She had allergies so maybe often could barely smell it, but happily pleased her gorgeous husband! I believe I should invest in a bottle soon; might learn something about my father! He was hypersensitive and would have put effort into choosing a perfume for his wife! Evening in Paris must be some perfume! He liked classic, elegant, sexy but not overt! This will be fun, a time trip! Thank you!
A comparable perfume to Evening in Paris would be Chanel No.5
My mom who is now 89, worked in a perfume factory in Minnesota, placing labels on the Evening in Paris bottles.
Terrific story on the BBC about this perfume. A British chemist found a notebook with the original formula. The link is here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/w3cswhlc
I have a bottle from my mom..I love looking at the bottle and I open it to smell it. Brings back my memories of my wonderful life and my beautiful mother...
A Christmas gift in 1948. I loved the color of the bottle and the smell of it. A special gift for me at that much needed time. Wish I could smell it again.
My great aunt had to move to assisted living facility. I was put in charge of taking care of her home. When i moved in, i stored her things in a cedar chest to put my clothes in her dresser. While removing things from the top drawer, i found a bottle of Evening in Paris in the blue cobolt bottle. My mother always wore it and i LOVED to smell it. I opened the bottle to see if it still smelled good. WOW! It smelled exactually the same. Even after many, many years. I had to go to a formal dance and I decided to wear the Evening in Paris. All night long i got compliments and they wanted to know what i was wearing. Only a few people ever heard of it. I wish i could find the original perfume again. That wonderful smell brought back wonderful memories of worry free times. I wish someone would find an original bottle of Evening in Paris, and duplicate it!
My future stepfather gave my mother several boxes (gift sets) when he was wooing her. The box had a beautiful floral lid, lined in blue satin, with several different sizes of the Cobalt blue bottles. They are still together after 55 years. Guess the Evening In Paris worked! LMHO
What an amazing perfume. My grandmother and mother wore, the perfume is the best of course with it being the natural oils and no alcohol unlike the cologne. What a shame someone hasn’t brought back to life. (Don’t be confused by that cheap imitation sold in a colbolt bottle( it’s NOT NOT the same at all, actually a bit repulsive. If only someone could get the original recipe (Love the smell even as a guy, Hell I’d wear it just so I could smell it lol.)
They had a plant in Paris TN, they also made Mitchum products.
I use to use "Evening in Paris." I loved it. I bought it for my family and friends. Wish it was still being made, Memories, Beautiful memories that's what life is about. If I could only smell the scent, What a wonderful memory, it would bring back so many memories. My husband loved the smell, he would buy it for me. I think he liked it best because he loved the color colbalt Blue, the BOTTLE, you could remake it. And most definitely use that Colbalt Blue Bottle, maybe put a little old time story or poem to it. And bring those happy memories to someone.
This was the "go to" gift for Christmas for my mom. I'm nearly 70--mom was born in 1920--and looking back, I think she probably "disappeared" the previous years bottle to make room for what was coming from her young son. Just seeing that beautiful cobalt bottle brought back a flood of memories from my youth.
My mother passed 43 years ago and the one thing I remembered most about her when I was a little girl, was her scent when she wore that perfume. I had memories of Evening in Paris sitting on her dresser but at one point could not recall the name, only the color of the bottle which was blue. My boss gave me a gift box recently that had a Paris design on it and the memories flooded back. I have wanted to find this perfume not to wear it myself but just for the smell as a reminder. Does anyone know where I can purchase a bottle and would it have the same ingredients as the original? Thanks for your help it would mean so much to me.
The Vermont Country Store carries it.
You can still find it on Ebay, and if the lid has been kept on it, it still smells great.
My 90 year young friend gave me a diamond shaped box of Evening in Paris. It contains rouge, Lau de Cologne and perfume (one bottle missing). I spent a lot of time looking but cannot find a diamond shaped Evening In Paris box. Any information regarding this collection including what might be missing. Help...
We had some in a stick like consistency in a blue tube. Does anyone remember that? Can you get it anywhere? I remember watching my mother touch it behind her ears and on her wrists.
Pam - my mother had it in the little tube too. I also remember her touching it behind her ears. This was in the early 1950's.
I can remember being with my Father as a little girl and we picked out this fragrance for my Mother (born 1916). I am 63 years old. I still have that blue bottle as shown, but I also have another smaller, taller, slim bottle with a light blue cap on it (a set). I just opened it up and they are both full...what a treasure since so much time has gone by. I decided to do a search and it took me to you! Wow...a trip back in history and I just love that style, glamour, romance and time period in general. My Parents never threw any thing out, children of the Great Depression and WW II as my Father served in the Air Corps, Blackpool, England. Thank you for the great memories.
When i was a little girl (9-10) my mother gave my sister and I "Evening in Paris " perfume. We loved it.I am 57 years old i have searched and i have not seen it sold in stores. I would love to get some and to give for my sister. This brings back some good memories.

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