Sunday, March 15, 2015

Concrete Essences c1900

Concrete Essences were alcohol free perfume oils made in various flower scents. These concentrated extracts were housed in clear glass cylindrical bottles fitted with ground glass stoppers with long, twisted glass daubers. The bottles were packaged in boxwood treen cases. The bottles stand 2 ¼” high and teh cases stand 3 & ¼” tall.

The idea of concentrated essences was not knew or reserved to Richard Hudnut alone, other companies such as Paul Reiger had his Flower Drops and Germany's Georg Dralle hd his "Illusion" scents. These were also sold in glass bottles packaged in boxwood treen cases.

The following scents were sold by Richard Hudnut as the Concrete Essences:

  • Violet
  • Gardenia
  • Rose
  • Heliotrope
  • May time (lily of the valley)
  • Lilac

Prescott Evening Courier - Mar 27, 1936:
"Concrete Essence of Gardenia is a perfume representation of the gardenia flower in the most concentrated form. It lasts for days."

RSVP by Richard Hudnut c1936

RSVP by Hudnut: launched in 1936.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Soul of the Violet by Richard Hudnut c1912

Soul of the Violet by Richard Hudnut: launched in 1912.

So what does it smell like? It was a violet soliflore perfume. Had a "green," rather rough note.

Discontinued, date unknown.

Gemey by Richard Hudnut c1922

Gemey by Richard Hudnut: launched in 1922. Originally introduced in Europe and South America, was finally launched in the USA in 1935.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Gondola by Richard Hudnut c1925

Gondola by Richard Hudnut: launched in 1925.

So what does it smell like? There are no published notes on this perfume.

Discontinued, date unknown.

Richard Hudnut Perfume Tester Rack c1910

The bottles are clear glass and have started to turn purple from the maganese content in the glass.  Each bottle stands 3" tall. Each stopper has a long dauber. The rack is made of copper with a enameled metal "RICHARD HUDNUT" label on the front. The brass rack is approximately 5" across and 3" tall. The bottles are fixed in place and cannot be removed.  Only the top with dauber is removed when testing the fragrance.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Vertrose by Richard Hudnut c1895

Vertrose by Richard Hudnut: launched in 1895.

So what does it smell like? It was a rose soliflore perfume.

Discontinued, date unknown.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Hudnut's Tenfold Perfumes c1936

Drug and Cosmetic Industry - Volume 38, 1936:
"Hudnut has desired this new mirrored bulk perfume stand for the recently introduced Tenfold Floral Perfumes of Gardenia, Lily of the Valley, Lilac, Jasmin and Rose."

Drug and Cosmetic Industry, Volume 42, 1938:
"Hudnut's Tenfold perfumes are now exquisitely bottled in a delicate fluted glass column. This package is obtainable in nine fragrances, Jasmin, Narcisse, Soul of the Violet, Gardenia, Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Rose, Yanky Clover and Carnation."