Hello and welcome! Please understand that this website is not affiliated with Bourjois in any way, it is only a reference page for collectors and those who have enjoyed the classic fragrances of days gone by.

The main objective of this website is to chronicle the history of the Bourjois fragrances and showcase the bottles and advertising used throughout the years.

However, one of the other goals of this website is to show the present owners of the Bourjois perfume company how much we miss the discontinued classics and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back these fragrances!

Please leave a comment below (for example: of why you liked the fragrance, describe the scent, time period or age you wore it, who gave it to you or what occasion, any specific memories, what it reminded you of, maybe a relative wore it, or you remembered seeing the bottle on their vanity table), who knows, perhaps someone from the current Bourjois brand might see it.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Ramage by Bourjois c1949

Ramage by Bourjois: launched in 1949, in USA by 1951. Created by Henri Robert and Constantin Mikhailovich “Kot” Weriguine.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Beau Belle by Bourjois c1949

Beau Bell by Bourjois: launched in 1949 . It was pronounced BO-BELL, which means “very pretty."

Created by perfumer Constantin Mikhailovich “Kot” Weriguine.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Courage by Bourjois c1939

Courage by Bourjois: launched in 1939. Created by perfumer Constantin Mikhailovich “Kot” Weriguine.

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a spicy floral fragrance for women.

  • Top notes:
  • Middle notes: carnation
  • Base notes:

Discontinued, date unknown.

Harper's Bazaar, 1942:
"A new wedding dress, still of shining satin but short and in pale gray. A new perfume, by Bourjois. high spirited as a breath of clean spicy air. It is the very smell of courage and "Courage" is its name."

Motion Picture, 1942:
" DASHINGLY DARING is Bourjois' new perfume. Courage - (pronounced Koo-raj) is a fragrance attuned to the times. There's a size to meet every purse too — flacons range from $1 up."

The New Yorker, 1943:
"Bourjois: A comparatively new perfume called Courage, with a spicy, carnation like tang."

Friday, May 1, 2015

Bourjois Perfume Tester Racks

Nice looking perfume tester racks for Bourjois made up of clear lucite. The perfumes shown are: Mais Oui, Ramage, Soir de Paris and Glamour.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mais Oui by Bourjois c1939

Mais Oui by Bourjois: launched in 1939. Created by perfumer Constantin Mikhailovich “Kot” Weriguine.

Mais Oui, pronounced MA-WEE, which means “certainly," or “but yes!" in French.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kobako by Bourjois c1936

Kobako was launched by Bourjois in 1936. Kobako is a chypre floral fragrance for women. Created by Ernest Beaux, who was assisted by Constantin Mikhailovich “Kot” Weriguine.

. Kobako, refers to a lacquer or porcelain box containing incense, Kobako means "perfume-box" in Japanese.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Evening in Paris 1944 Advertisements

Evening in Paris perfume presentations and gift sets shown in a 1944 advertisement.

Evening in Paris Advertisement 1958 #2

Evening in Paris Advertisement 1958 showing perfume presentations and gift sets.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Evening in Paris 1958 Advertisement

Advertisement shows perfume bottles, perfume presentations and other sets.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Manon Lescaut Face Powder

Manon Lescaut is an opera in four acts by Giacomo Puccini. The story is based on the 1731 novel L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut by the Abbé Prévost.

The libretto is in Italian. It was somehow cobbled together by five librettists whom Puccini employed (or went through): Ruggero Leoncavallo, Marco Praga, Giuseppe Giacosa, Domenico Oliva and Luigi Illica. The publisher, Giulio Ricordi, and the composer himself also contributed to the libretto. So confused was the authorship of the libretto that no one was credited on the title page of the original score.

Puccini took some musical elements in Manon Lescaut from earlier works he had written. For example, the madrigal Sulla vetta tu del monte from Act II echoes the Agnus Dei from his 1880 Messa a quattro voci. Other elements of Manon Lescaut come from his compositions for strings: the quartet Crisantemi (January 1890), three Menuets (probably 1884)[1] and a Scherzo (1883?). The love theme comes from the aria Mentia l'avviso (1883).

Bourjois used this beautiful name for their powder, Manon Lescaut starting in 1907. The powder was still being sold in 1946.

From advertisements in the 1908 Sears & Roebuck catalog:

"Bourjois Manon Lescaut. This world famous perfume represents the finest article manufactured by any Paris perfumer. The perfume odor is not that of any particular flower but represents the fragrance from the combined flowers of France. This perfume, therefore, has many times been called the Pride of France. The perfume is put up in beautiful colored embossed bottles holding by actual measurement 1 1/2 fluid ounces. The bottles are of irregular design characteristic of imported goods and trimmed with colored kid and rich silk. Each bottle put up in handsome colored lithographed fancy box. This wonderfully lasting perfume is very rich in odor, sweet and refined in character and wonderfully lasting, a few drops being sufficient to perfume an entire room.. Our price -$1.67."

"Bourjois Poudre Manon Lescaut. If you want the best, buy this. This world famous powder has been named after the beautiful heroine of the Abbe Prevost. This is the most famous of all face powders , highly and sweetly perfumed and made of the finest Oriental rice, which is bolted many times until it has become perfectly impalpable. This is combined with other ingredients, all of which are absolutely harmless to the most delicate complexion, yet when used upon the face,become perfectly invisible. This powder is made by and represents the highest skill of the world's master in face powder. Our price -per box $0.93, two boxes -$1.75."

c1922 ad

Violette de Parme

From advertisement in the 1908 Sears & Roebuck catalog:

"Bourjois Imported Violette de Parme. This worldwide famous perfume, manufactured by A. Bourjois & Co, of Paris ,France, is put up in graceful and delicate flagons, holding 1 1/2 fluid ounces , actual capacity perfume. beautiful cut faced stopper. The package is trimmed with purple and violet kid and ribbons in harmony with the label, whic is in two shades of violet and silver, Each bottle carefully packed in cotton in neat violet covered perfume box. This perfume is very delicate and lasting and a true representation of the flower odor. This is considered the best violet perfume manufactured and is appreciated by everyone. every drop of this magnificent article is equal to the perfume from several violets and a single drop is sufficient for several hours. Buy the best. Our price -$0.89."

Creme de Java

From advertisements in the 1908 Sears & Roebuck catalog:

"Bourjois Creme de Java. The most perfect and delightful of al face creams. The only one imported from Paris to be sold at reasonable prices. very delicately, but richly perfumed;absolutely snow white in color, rubs into the skin and leaves no traces. It is known as "The Instant Beautifier", as applications will made a muddy complexion a fine natural cream. It is also a safe remedy for all skin troubles that are purely skin troubles and not caused by an impure condition of the blood. Gives freshness and softness to the skin.Once used, you would have no other. Carried only in 2 ounce, opal, fancy top, import packages. This is not like many so called import packages, but is guaranteed to be the genuine Imported Creme de Java. try it and be convinced,. Our price- $0.59."