The 1930s are most remembered for the depression era and the beginning World War II.
But it also became the golden age of Hollywood and the popularity of swing.
Fragrances of the 1930s tried to imitate the enchanting yet mysterious aura stars like Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich radiated from the screen. Independent women like Katherine Hepburn and female pilot Amelia Earhart were also inspirations for women to shockingly wear pants in public.
While not from that decade, these five fragrances are a noticeable tribute to the decade of unforgettable starlets.
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1. Black Orchid by Tom Ford
Greta Garbo was many things, but sweet was not one of them. She was mysterious and alluring playing the femme fatale Mata Hari or the independent Queen Christina. Being one of the few stars to successfully transition from silent films to “talkies,” her line “I want to be alone” would become synonymous with her secretive persona. Black Orchid is the only fragrance that can imitate her beauty and magnetism that she pulled so well with just one look. With patchouli, dark chocolate and orchid, it’s a sexy fragrance suitable for any Garbo fan.
2. Mon Jasmin Noir by Bvlgari
Another mysterious actress to come out of the 1930s was Marlene Dietrich. Dietrich became popular for her androgynous roles, open sexuality, and playing the vixen with the top hat. Mon Jasmin Noir is sexy yet sweet which was another side Dietrich played in later roles. With Jasmine, Lily-of-the-Valley and musk, Dietrich would have approved.
3. Gentlewoman by Juliette Has a Gun
Katherine Hepburn and Amelia Earhart were one in a million. In a decade where it had not even been 20 years since women had a right to vote, Katherine and Amelia were ahead of the game in so many ways. While Hepburn wore pants or men’s suits in public, played men’s sports like golf, Earhart was the first woman to fly solo. Modern women like Amelia and Katherine would have liked Gentlewoman for a musk and woodsy manly scent with feminine notes of bergamot and sweet almond. If you are waiting for the present to catch up to your forward thinking style, or just want to change the world, Gentlewoman is for you.
4. Florence by Tocca
When it came to distracting from life’s troubles, swing was the dance of the decade. And everyone took notes whenever Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire released a dance film. Whether it was Swing Time or Top Hat, Rogers always played the sweet character who would argue with Astaire’s character and by the end, fallen in love. With Gardenia, Tuberose, Jasmine, Pear and Violet Leaf, Florence by Tocca is the fragrance embodiment of her grace, beauty and poise.
5. Midnight Fleur by Nest
Many people believe that Marilyn Monroe was the original blonde bombshell. Not so. The one that received that moniker first was none other than Jean Harlow. With her platinum blonde locks and smoldering looks, she became the sex symbol of the 1930s. Midnight Fleur by Nest would suit her American glamour with notes of night-blooming jasmine and vanilla orchid. When in need of channeling the original blonde starlet, this fragrance is for you.
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