L`Eau De Monteil by Germaine Monteil 1995


Post by Azar


Hello APJ,

In early December one of my young piano students wanted to try playing the Christmas classic “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson. I rummaged through my semi-organized music library for an easy version but all I came up with was an old collection of Anderson’s own piano arrangements. The student took one look at “Sleigh Ride” and immediately decided it wasn’t for her. (She obviously was not yet convinced by my mantra “Fear No Musical Score”.) We looked at the other pieces in the collection and when I played a little bit of “Forgotten Dreams” (1954) we both knew we had found a good match.

Later that evening I looked at the music again. Every piece seemed to be a distillation of a memory. As I played “Forgotten Dreams” I found myself as a child in the 1950s, sitting in front of an old radio, listening to Leroy Anderson’s music. A sudden “fast forward” brought me to the mid 1990s when several of my piano students were learning to play the same music. With these ’90s musical memories came a recollection of fragrances I’d worn at the time. I recalled not only the scents but also the bottles, the boxes and where I had purchased them. While playing “Forgotten Dreams” one fragrance in particular came to mind:

L`Eau De Monteil by Germaine Monteil 1995

Forgotten Dreams

L`Eau De Monteil Germaine Monteil FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords in one line:
Spices, orange blossom, sea notes, jasmine, powdery notes

Most perfume related sites and blogs list the creation of L’Eau de Monteil as either 1995 or 1996. I could swear I’d purchased a bottle a couple of years earlier than that. I couldn’t find any information on the perfumer who actually created the scent. The designer Germaine Monteil died in 1987. (I’ll be telling her story and reviewing more of her fragrances in an up-coming post).

Once again I went rummaging around, but this time in my even less organized perfume storage. I discovered my stash of L’Eau de Monteil, including three full 15 ml pure perfumes, one partially used 50 ml EDP and one full 100 ml spray still sealed in the box. It seems that L’Eau de Monteil had been a favorite!I picked up the used EDP and gave myself a generous blast and then dabbed on some pure perfume for good measure.

L`Eau De Monteil Germaine Monteil Azar#3

Again I found myself time traveling, but not to the 1990s, as I would have expected, but to my childhood in Florida and to a dark and eerily quiet, semi-tropical garden. I found myself crossing a bridge over a pond (or was it a stream?) the banks crowded with plants that I called “elephant ears” (.). The air was thick with the odors of moving water, jasmine, wet earth and sweet rotting leaves. The smell was at once fresh and spicy, earthy and very aquatic. This combination of scents was unique to this particular garden in 1957. I did not encounter the same fragrance again until I discovered L’Eau de Monteil sometime in the mid 90s and rediscovered it in late 2013, thanks to the music of Leroy Anderson.

L`Eau De Monteil Germaine Monteil Azar#2

Thousands of fragrances and pieces of music are created every year. It is inevitable that most of these and the dreams that inspired them will be lost or forgotten. That being said, it is wonderful and strange how one memory leads to another and yet another. I am forever amazed how music and fragrance can “fold” time and space (a memory from the sci-fi classic “Dune”) and return us to events and places of long ago to remember and relive our “Forgotten Dreams”.

Ebay and Amazon seem to be the only places left to find L`Eau De Monteil, you can still grab a BNIC 100ml for under $100

L`Eau De Monteil Germaine Monteil Azar#1

L`Eau De Monteil GIVEAWAY


This week we will have TWO winners:

Who will each receive:
1 x 2ml decant of Germaine Monteil L’Eau de Monteil
1 x 2ml decant of a “mystery” fragrance
P&H Anywhere in the world


Open to everyone worldwide who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Do you have a perfume memory that you would like to share or a forgotten moment that came to life because of music or scent? Please leave comment to be eligible for today’s give-away

Extra Chance?
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Entries Close Thursday 16th January 2014 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by random.org or some other more fun way at the discretion of Azar, our host for this giveaway
The winners will have till Sunday 19th January 2014 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.

Photos Taken by Azar unless otherwise stated.

63 comments on “L`Eau De Monteil by Germaine Monteil 1995

  1. Jaybee says:

    Not a perfume in a bottle, but I will always remember returning home from a long stint in the UK to walk out into an Australian summer and being blown away by the smell of hot eucalyptus. If it was bottled it could make Aussies homesick! I follow by email. 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Such an evocative scent memory, Jaybee! I have never been to Australia but I totally understand what you are talking about when you refer to the scent of home. You are IN the draw! (BTW, have you tried any of Ellen Covey’s scents of place?)
      Azar xx

    • Marion says:

      i remember my Mum telling me about one of her brothers in the second w war finding a grove of gums somewhere in the Middle East and being overcome by not just their look but by their scent…

  2. Camilla Sheridan says:

    I follow on Facebook. When I joined the Elvis Fan Club of Australasia on of the first songs that an ETA(Elvis Tribute Artist) sang was My Boy. It took me back to when my son was a baby and I used to sing that to him as a lullaby. I go to tears every time I hear it.

    • Azar says:

      Thank you for joining the draw, Camilla, and for this beautiful memory! Isn’t it wonderful that we can relive these simple and important moments in detail at any time via music or scent? It really is like a time machine.
      Azar xx

  3. Rene Groyer says:

    Hi I follow by e mail.Cinnabar by Estee Lauder brings back memories of the 1970’s for me.Love that scent.I have tweeted the contest @ReneGroyer

  4. Patty Pong says:

    I follow by e-mail. Perfume memories and music and scent moments always seem to trigger some thought of past relationships. 🙂

  5. Jackie b says:

    As a relative newcomer to the world of commercial perfumes, I find more that music can take me to a certain place in time. I can remember a summer romance in my youth, with a saxaphone player, and to this day I cannot hear Stevie Wonder without going back there.
    I follow by email.

  6. Elia says:

    I’d never heard of Eau de Monteil myself. I’m also not sure I’ve had that forgotten moment connection from smelling any perfume, well not yet at least. I do like smelling Havana by Aramis because I remember trying out fragrances until one fit, and Havana can take me back many years with that memory of searching.
    I follow via email.

    • Azar says:

      Thank you for joining the draw, Elia! You are IN! An Aramis favorite of mine is the original version of Devin. That one always reminds me of B-Azar. He wears it all the time, or at least he did until I recently gave him a bottle of Interlude Man.
      Azar xx

  7. fanny says:

    Following by email.

    Rarely, I take a dive into the past by smelling the scent or the soap. I keep these products in my wardrobe only for this reason. I will never use them again, though one should never say ‘never again’…
    It so strongly reminds me of the time when I was very young, when there still was only One Perfume for me; when I had quite a double life, since I did not know who I was or where I could be going. Slept very little, working a full-time job and going out every night.
    Opium was my companion during these nights. After a while more and more people started wearing it, some men too. It was a dark yet amazing time with little anchorage grounds, except for this perfume.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Fanny,
      Wonderful memories. Thank you for posting them. Yes, a perfume CAN be a companion. In ever thought of it that way. You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  8. DDJ says:

    My scent and music memories mostly surround past romances. I’ll spare you the details lol O.O

    Thank you; I follow by email.

  9. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey there Azar,
    I love this story. Piano teachers themselves are very interesting to me. I had two as a kid, their houses smelled very similar.
    Of course our house smelled of dog so everywhere else was an adventure olfactorily.
    Don’t enter me in the draw, I wanted to drop by though and say hi.
    Portia xx

    • Azar says:

      Thank you for dropping by, Portia! I’m glad you liked this story. More about the smell of this piano teacher’s house will be coming up soon!

      In order to smell your teachers’ houses you were obviously breathing while you played! Believe it or not, some students have to be reminded to breathe while they play! Until today I always attributed that problem to extreme concentration but now I’m wondering if the smell of the piano studio has something to do with it? Oh Dear!

      Azar xx

      • australianperfumejunkies says:

        Ha ha! No it was the moment that they opened the door. Ballet, rugby and gymnastics would have taught me to breathe through concentration too I think, sadly I was a very lazy piano student, it was my sister who became musically gifted.
        Can’t wait to read about your Piano Teacher’s House scent.
        Portia xx

  10. JMR says:

    The song “Sleep Walk” by the Farina Brothers (Santo & Johnny) will always remind me of going to the movie theater with my parents. 🙂

    Following via email.

    • Azar says:

      Wow! I’d forgotten “Sleep Walk”. Now I remember my first slow dance and the green dress I wore to the party. Thank you, JMR! And you are IN, of course!
      Azar xx

  11. Mary K says:

    Back in the eighties I used to love Grain de Sable by Nicky Verfaillie. I live in the US Midwest – Minneapolis-St Paul area, home of the Mall of America, and I remember finding this at MOA (as we call the mall here) when it first opened and being so happy because by that time this perfume was getting to be very hard to find.

    I also remember Eau de Monteil and wore this one as well and really enjoyed it. It would be great to have a bit if it now! I follow via RSS Feedly.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Mary K,
      Today I noticed Grain de Sable on e-bay! I wonder if it is the same version you remember? Also, it’s nice to find someone else who knew and enjoyed L’Eau de Monteil.
      Thank you for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  12. hotlanta linda says:

    Francis Denney`s Interlude and Guerlain`s Chamade; memories of the dearest man in my life, Ken – who went to be w/ The Lord 31 years ago way too young!! He always loved whatever scent I wore, but these 2 were his faves. Hugs!! up 2 U, Ken!! 🙂 I follow on FB, e-mail, and blog.

    • Azar says:

      Dear Hotlanta,
      Wonderful, if bittersweet memories. Thank you for sharing them here and for joining the draw! Hugs to U 2!
      Azar xx

  13. SallyM says:

    Oh goodness yes – sound and scent are the 2 most evocative memory inducers for me. SO many to mention, so little space 😉 As Fanny posted, Opium is a big one for me as it was my signature scent for so many years in the late 70s/80s. It brings back memories of night clubs, A line pencil skirts at the office, silk blouses with big shoulders and watching Dynasty. 4711 brings my mum to mind in the early 60s when I was a child and she would let me sit at her dressing table when she was getting ready to go out. Rive Gauche – vivid memories of going up to London on the train – early 70s – to the Biba store, which was an incredible experience. I can still see the dimly lit interior, hear the loud rock, feel the floor pulsating, smell the wafting patchouli. What a great post!

    • SallyM says:

      OOOps – got stuck in the 70s …. I follow my email and would love to be entered for this draw!

      • Azar says:

        Hi Sally M!
        Yes, the 70s and 80s were good times. I still have a couple of those big shouldered silk blouses to prove it! Just couldn’t give them up. Isn’t it amazing how every little detail and, as you say, “vivid memories” of a person or an environment are recalled by a specific scent or sound? Thank you for these wonderful descriptions. And of course you are IN the draw!
        Azar xx

  14. ElizaD says:

    I wrote about how Mitsouko transported me to my old home and piles of fur coats on bed in the master bedroom. My other scent transport is the smell of bacon, coffee, cigarettes and Ivory soap. It takes me to my grandma’s home in Cincinnati and happy childhood memories. You’d think that is a challenging combo to find these days, but I smelled it just the other morning, running by a retirement center in my hometown. And then suddenly I was 8 years old.

    • Azar says:

      Thank you for these wonderful vignettes Eliza D! Time travel for sure! BTW, how do you follow APJ? By eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin ,Whatever?
      Azar xx

  15. Mary P. says:

    I found an old bottle of Giorgio parfum that my husband had bought me ‘back in the day’, so I dabbed a little on and whoosh! It was literally like time travel….. Please don’t enter me in the draw as I already have a bottle of this little beauty, but thank you!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Mary P! Such an easy and fun way to travel! I’m glad you still have some L’Eau de Monteil. It really is a “little beauty”.
      Azar xx

  16. Kandice says:

    Azar…what a lovely post. I can’t wait to read other posts where you compare fragrance to music. I never would have thought to compare the two. My strongest scent memory doesn’t remind me of a place or a time, but a person. All the years I was growing up, my mom wore White Shoulders by Evyan. She wore other fragrances as well, but that’s the one I always remember her in. At that time, it was more expensive than it is now, and I even remember my dad bringing her some from oversees. Thanks for the draw. I follow via email.

    • Azar says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Kandice, and for sharing your memories. My mother also wore White Shoulders. I have a little of the vintage around here some place and will give it a whiff and see what I remember! You are IN!
      Azar xx

  17. poodle says:

    Music and perfumes always trigger memories for me. To many to mention. No need to enter me in the draw. I loved a cleanser by Monteil. When the store dropped the line I was not happy. Not happy at all. Nowadays that wouldn’t matter because you can get things online but this was back in the dark ages before the Internet. I don’t remember their perfumes.

  18. Azar says:

    Hi Poodle,
    I remember Monteil’s skin creams and cosmetics too. I thought they were very nice quality products and was disappointed when they were discontinued. I switched to Orlane only to have the local department store drop that brand as well. Fortunately for me Orlane is still around and available online.
    Azar xx

  19. Marion says:

    Oh nearly too many to mention being an old girl! A couple that really stand out though, since I fell down the rabbit hole….Tubereuse Criminelle – instantly zapped me powerfully back to the lime marked running tracks of my youth and the whiff of the athletic rub we psyched up with. And of all things CdG Daphne…bam! Back to the painting stack room at Art School; such powerful experiences with these perfumes, almost out of body.

    • Marion says:

      Now reflecting…these perfume experiences were so amazing that they have almost supplanted the actual memories which were so deeply buried as to be virtually forgotten. Re music…I am a hopeless lover of rocky pop tunes, and sneak into the shop buying Ibiza dance stuff pretending it’s for my daughter …but Stevie Nicks singing for Fleetwood Mac never fails to waken memories.

      • Marion says:

        LOL she of course just downloads everything…

      • Azar says:

        Yes, Marion! Stevie Nicks with Fleetwood Mac really takes me back too! Even though I teach mostly classical and jazz I do have a soft spot for the rock/pop of the mid 20th century! HA! BTW, how do you follow the APJ (eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin, whatever…)?
        Azar xx

  20. Nemo says:

    I don’t have many people close to me who wear perfume, but I do have some very random scent memories. The smell of moth balls with just a whiff of sandalwood incense takes me back to my grandmother’s house 🙂 Just mothballs will do it, too! I follow by email.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Nemo,
      Thank you for your scent memories! Mothballs work for me too. When I smell stale mothballs (yes there is a stale mothball odor) I remember the floor to ceiling piles of persian carpets in the carpet shops on Ferdowsi street in Tehran. The smell was really a combination of moth repellant, soap, dyes, wool and black tea with cardamon.
      Azar xx

      • Azar says:

        And yes, of course, you are IN!

      • Nemo says:

        That actually sounds like an amazing combination of smells! I just thought of an actual perfume-related scent memory as well. The last time I was at home, I discovered a bottle of Tea Rose from The Perfumer’s Workshop that my mom had received as a gift from a friend. She does not wear it herself, but she likes to give our dog a quick spritz after his bath! Somehow his fur/skin chemistry and natural doggy scent work quite well with it, I must say 🙂

  21. Marion says:

    Dear Azar, I am an email follower…

  22. Edward says:

    I can always vividly remember the scent of one of my friends houses. It is such a welcoming scent! He shrugs whenever I tell him, I am guessing it is one of his familys closely guarded secrets 🙂
    I follow you via Email, I get one mail everytime you post something new. It’s a blast

    • Azar says:

      Hi Edward!
      It seems your friend’s family had it’s own “bespoke” home scent. Pretty good idea! I love getting the APJ by Email too. Today I woke up to Madeleine’s Fragrant New Year’s Resolutions. You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  23. Lauren says:

    Hi Mom –
    I like that perfume… I’ll try to imagine a tropical garden the next time I wear it! Over the holidays we watched part of the very old Chipmunk Christmas special with the “Christmas Don’t Be Late” song in it. I very vaguely remember listing to the actual record on an actual record player as a child. I still have the record actually, but no record player! I like vintage Chipmunks, not a fan of the new songs and movies though.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Lauren,
      You still have the record! Wow! Have you heard “Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire?”
      Mommy Azar xx and x

  24. Lubka K. says:

    I follow via bloglovin (Lubica K.)
    I do remember my summer holidays at my aunt s place – I was a child and there was gramophone in her house – and many discs. And since I could listen only radio at my home, I was fascinated and attracted by so many unknown musical pieces – so I ve discovered beauty of music. I listened mostly 2 pieces – Uriah Heep s Pilgrim (fantastic opera voice of rock band leader) and Solveigs Song from Peer Gynt (Grieg) – almost the saddest music I have ever heard. Thanks

    • Azar says:

      Hi Lubka K.,
      The entire story of Peer Gynt is very sad to me. What a great pair of musical memories with such different energies! Pretty serious music for a summer holiday but then I remember being pretty serious (sometimes) when I was a child too. Thank you so much! You are IN!
      Azar xx

      • Lubka K. says:

        Hi Azar, you are right – it sounds strange that I fell in love with such “cold” music, music which lacked any optimistic melody – music full of sadness and melancholy. I did not care about season and nice weather outside – I was listening 2 great songs because of they were composed by genii (from my opinion), they were made perfectly and they were full of emotions. Probably it was determined in my genes that I will be (and I ve always been) melancholic person – even from my childhood.:)

  25. Laurels says:

    I think I’m too late for the contest, but I was whisked back to childhood by music. A couple of years ago, I saw an ad for Christmas CDs that included the “Sing Along with Mitch!” Mitch Miller Christmas album. I ordered it immediately. As soon as I put it on, I was once again a six-year-old girl in Omaha, Nebraska, sitting on the floor in front of the record player in my Christmas PJs, following along with one of the huge, album-cover-sized lyric sheets. (The CD didn’t include any lyric sheets, which is a shame. The record had six, I think.) That album was lost during one of our many moves when I was a kid, but I still love it. Why “Must Be Santa” isn’t a more popular carol I’ll never understand.

    As for smells, a whiff of clove cigarettes could always take me right back to any Friday night in high school. I rarely took a drag off one, but I loved the smell of them. I think they may have been banned in recent years, which is a good thing for the lungs of teenagers, but I miss the occasional fleeting sniff of clove smoke.

    • Laurels says:

      If I’m not too late, I follow with Bloglovin.

    • Azar says:

      Laurels! YES, yes, and YES! “Sing Along With Mitch!” I still sing the songs from those albums. Poor B-Azar has to listen to “Back Home Again in Indiana” and other favorites whenever we go on road trips! I can usually match just about anyone lyric for lyric with old tunes and that is almost 100% due to the Mitch Miller recordings and the lyric sheets. I wonder how many more SAWM fans are still around. Thank you for this one!!!
      And you are NOT late (still had a few hours) and your are SO IN!
      Azar xx

  26. Azar says:

    Hi APJ,
    I would like to thank everyone for sharing these great memories! This evening B will pull the winners names from my sun hat (which rarely gets used for anything else around here in the rainy, and today foggy, PNW).
    Azar xx

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