Fete by Molyneux 1962

Hey Vintage Vamps,

There has been rather a lot going on around here. To be honest I’m feeling a little frazzled, but happily frazzled. Part of the fun of selling and moving is finding stuff you’d forgotten about. There I was innocently cleaning out my frag cupboard and I stumbled across this lovely vintage decant, and boy is it good? The answer is YES! It is freaking amazing. I bought the decant in a sale on Perfumed Court and they still have some…

Fete by Molyneux 1962

Fete Molyneux FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Caraway, plum, peach, bergamot, Brazilian rosewood
Heart: Lilac, orris root, jasmine, ylang-ylang
Base: Leather, sandalwood, benzoin, civet, oakmoss, vanilla

Opening with a very slightly shrill whistle of fruit and citrus with what feels a bit aldehydes getting near age turn. The fruits are canned and sweet and really I can’t distinguish them very well because they are a jammy blend that only lasts a minute or two before some feral big cal walks in and sits on them all adding its ass to the mix, not suffocating the fruit but changing it and deepening it.

Though I can tell there is a heart and it is very lovely in a vintage fragrance way my enjoyment really comes when all the base takes over. That lovely smooth peaty moss that casts its shadow beside the civet, woods, leather and resins is gorgeous. I am a movie star and dressed in the finest Edith Head gown, with arched brows, lavish long tresses and sitting on a settee looking winsomely out the glass doors over the glittering pool. All the while the man I end up with at the end of the film is wise cracking with the crowd and generally being the most popular sharp at the party. This could even be the type of fragrance Neely O’Hara would have worn. No, not Neely, Helen Lawson. That great grande dame of theatre in Valley of the Dolls, who I proudly modeled my own self upon. IO think Fete would have appealed to the fun in her, its fruity zing a great opening but the rich dark base would be her fragrant calling card.

Further reading: Yesterdays Perfume and 1000 Scents
The Perfumed Court has $6/ml

Giveaway Time sassisamblogPhoto Stolen sassisamblog

Fete by Molyneux GIVEAWAY


This week we will have 2 Winners who will each get:
1 x 5ml Vintage Fete by Molyneux decant
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


Tell us about a fragrance that takes you on a journey, a vintage you love or even a memory of some vintage fragrance

Extra Chance?
Tweet: http://wp.me/p3PURw-3fJ Fete by Molyneux Vintage  


Entries Close Sunday 12th October 2014 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by random.org
The winners will have till Thursday 16th October 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.

34 thoughts on “Fete by Molyneux 1962

  1. Hi Portia,
    You must be moving into your new abode, always exciting and a good excuse to clear out….stuff, not that you would have any of that!
    Does 1977 qualify as vintage? I fell in love with Mystere by Rochas, worn by a Middle Eastern princess. Wore it for some years, but when I recently bought some it was a horrible soapy parody of itself.
    I follow by email.


    • Hi there JackieB,
      Anything last century is vintage. Most things pre 2005-7 (depending on who you talk to) qualify as Vint-ish. 1977 is WELL vintage.
      Portia xx


  2. Love journey-style fragrances! Serge Lutens’ Rose de Nuit takes me behind the velvet curtain of a music hall, to the powdered cheeks of a gorgeous chorus girl. From her opening number to the backstage party. I follow by email. 🙂


    • Yes, right with you there Patty Pong. I recently scored a bottle of Jicky that we think must be early 80s or even older, it’s an EdT in a strange flattish bottle but smells INCREDIBLE!
      Portia xx


    • Edith, there was a sale in South Australia recently of last century Caleche parfum refills. $10 Australian. MMMMMMMM
      It is wonderful.
      Portia xx


  3. My great grandmother introduced me to Maja by Myrurgia it was her signature scent but the oriental spicy fragrance is still very relevant today

    I follow on twitter and via email


    • Sure is Amanda Gorton,
      Though Maja fragrance is much changed I still get memories from the soaps. Love them and have a few in drawers.
      Portia xx


  4. Oooo!
    Well, I follow via email and a fragrance that takes me on a journey- all of them! The first that comes to mind is Memoirs of a Trespasser, because I’m wearing it right now. It takes me to a ranch I go to every fall with my family. Fire in the fireplace, lots of warmth, a bit of booze, wood detailing. Cozy cozy.


  5. I can say I mostly wear perfume for the journey. For me, it´s go big or go home, 350 days of the year! Amouages and classic Guerlains are my darlings, but if I have to mention one perfume, it will be Shalimar: lavish Orient as seen through Belle Époque Paris glasses. Shalimar never fails to cheer me up. 🙂


  6. Many years, and a few dark streets ago, the noise of 1970 Jolie Madame followed me to memorable adventures. It was always my “looking for trouble” perfume. One of the greatest chypre leathers ever in the vintage, tendered with a touch of violet. reformulated, of course, a few years ago. My bottle is from the early ’90’s, tamed by then, but always memorable. I follow by e-mail and twitter and f/b.


    • Hey Marion Low,
      Jolie Madame is a perfect scent for naughty night time mischief. I bet you were a scent siren in it.
      Portia xx


  7. Always up for some vintage!
    My first vintage love would be Le Dix, smelling it felt like taking a trip back in time, even further back than the first year of its production. Got myself some extrait last year. The gifts we give ourselves 😉
    I follow by email


    • YAY!! Elia, I have a VERY old Le Dix parfum that smells totally incredible. Sadly it has oxidised in the top but the base is glorious.
      Portia xx


  8. A product like Le Temps d’une Fête, to me, feels like it is probably invented far before World War II, properly stored for many decades, to be released -at last- in 2007 to please the noses of many vintage perfume seekers. Unequivocal quality chic.

    Following by email.


  9. Ha! That comment about the feral cat was so funny I can’t quit chuckling.

    My scent vintage scent memory is of my mother wearing White Shoulders when I was growing up. While I could never wear it, it always reminds me of her. I follow via email.


  10. I love an unknown vintage – it has been decanted into a decorative bottle, without a label. Sparkly aldehydes reminiscient of champagne, then a little fruit, warm woods, and a tiny bit of skankiness. Love wearing it around the house to counteract a dull weekend. I follow by Bloglovin.


  11. Hallo, Portia,
    another great giveway – thanks! I surely want to win a vintage, though they lack in my collection. My fave – Climat – Lancome. Moreover, yesterday I sniffed and dabbed it from a dainty splash bottle my age…Divine! My tender metal warming rosey Indian Summer sun!


  12. Hello! I follow APJ via email. Lanvin Arpege was my Mother’s special fragrance so that always brings back memories. Especially the powder. My dad would buy her powder for Christmas and when I was young I would cover myself in her powder. Such fun!!!


  13. Hmm.. this is a bit tricky. I think the ones I like most are Liz Clairborne’s Vivid and Fendi Asja, because of the memories they spark. I remember playing with some of my mom’s miniatures as a child, and the Liz Clairborne and full size version of Fendi Asja are what remained and are now in my possession. They just remind me of those days in our old apartment. There are many she owned that were left behind and I don’t remember by name, but have been rediscovering as I’ve been exploring my fragrance hobby. It’s amazing how well these scents will reignite memories. I’ve been able to remember long forgotten memories just by experiencing one of these familiar scents. Thank you for this draw! I follow via email.


  14. I remember an older family friend who used to wear Caleche. She applied it with a literal hand and it was wonderful. As a child I always knew when she’d arrived in a room and imagined that I could actually see the cloud of scent around her. This was before we all started talking about ‘polite’ and appropriate sillage . . . I don’t think I could wear Caleche myself as the associations with my childhood are so strong.
    (I follow by email.)


  15. Hi Portia,
    Never heard of this one before but it sure sounds worth sniffing.
    I think many of the Amouage smells vintage. I have an old, probably 2005, version of Ivore (Balmain) which I bought for my mum as it was one of scents she used to wear. I know it has been reformulated since 😦

    I follow by email and I hope I made into the draw.
    XXX… T


  16. Hi Portia! Unfortunately I’ve yet to smell a vintage perfume (though I’m tempted to buy the original L’interdit from Ebay since I loooooooove Audrey), but Mure et Musc Extreme does take me on a journey — strangely enough to Korea. Something about the way Mure et Musc Extreme smells (or perhaps just on me) definitely reminds me of shampooing my hair in Korea, circa 2006… It’s really surprising, but kind of lovely too. 🙂 Thanks for the draw, I follow via Bloglovin!


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