Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Three Flowers by Richard Hudnut c1915

Three Flowers was launched in 1915 by the American perfumer, Richard Hudnut.  Three Flowers was also known as Tres Flores in Spanish speaking countries.

Three Flowers was a complete line of toiletries and by 1964 the fragrance was available in perfume, cologne, brilliantine in both liquid and solid, after bath dusting powder, face powder, talcum powder, cream hair dressing and conditioner, cleansing cold cream, vanishing cream, tissue cream, lipstick, rouge, and cream.

The Three Flowers brilliantine was described as a "luxurious liquid that leaves hair elegantly silken, soft-scented, sparkling."

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It was classified as a floral bouquet fragrance for women.
  • Top notes: lily
  • Heart notes: rose
  • Base notes: violet

It was described in an early advertisement as:

"A powder Bouquet of SCENTED BEAUTY: Roses for ROMANCE, Violets for CHARM, Lilies of the Valley for YOUTH."

Fate of the Fragrance:

Three Flowers has been discontinued since the early 1970s. Today you can only find vintage concentrations, mostly cologne, face powder and brilliantine. The perfume is a bit more harder to find.


  1. Richard H. Brilliantine is also said to contain bergamot. But after I read your blog, I got all three of the three flowers' essential oils and made a R. Hudnut T.F. bomb. My resulting knock-off was almost indistinguishable from the vintage 1920 T.F. perfume I had bought on ebay. Something was missing. So I dropped a small bergamot bomb in it and, lol, it is now a full-on Richard Hudnut Three Flowers Perfume knock-off that is now identical! Only stronger and drasticaly less expensive! Bergamot is the thing that ties the three flowers together and makes it much much more dope.

  2. Richard Hudnut Brilliantine is said to also contain bergamot. But I read your blog and bought all three of the three flowers' essential oils and made a R. Hudnut knock-off. But something was missing. So I added bergamot oil and, lol, it was indistinguishable from the expensive 1920 bottle of R. Hudnut Three Flower's perfume I bought on ebay! The bergamot is what ties the three flowers together and makes it so so dope.