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L'Origan (1905)
by Coty

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L'Origan information

Year of Launch1905
GenderFeminine
AvailabilityDiscontinued
Average Rating
(based on 68 votes)

People and companies

HouseCoty
PerfumerFrançois Coty
Parent CompanyBenckiser > Coty Inc > Coty Beauty
Parent Company at launchCoty Inc

About L'Origan

L'Origan is a feminine perfume by Coty. The scent was launched in 1905 and the fragrance was created by perfumer François Coty

L'Origan fragrance notes

  1. Top Notes
  2. Heart Notes
  3. Base notes

Reviews of L'Origan

One of the very first of the modern perfumes. A superb blend - a warm, rich, floral chypre that is at the same time dense and light. It is hard to pinpoint the individual notes of its complex structure. Only buy vintage - the new versions are so light, so simplistic, that one comes away with only the impression of carnation and vanilla - and L'Origan is far more than that.

It makes use of three synthetic notes - dianthene (carnation), iriliac (iris) and methyl
ionone (the powdery orris/violet).

Top notes: Bergamot, Neroli, Mandarin, Coriander, Pepper, Peach
Middle notes: Carnation, Jasmine, Rose, Violet, Ylang, Orris, Orchid
Base notes: Coumarin, Vanilla, Cedar, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Musk, Labdanum

Barbara Herman found it to be "licorice-flavored biscotti, with floral, clove and amber notes, rich, amber and powdery."

It was said to have influenced Guerlain's 1912 L'Heure Bleue with its pastry-like overall scent, then later Caron's 1947 Farnesiana.

It is also the base for Coty's own later masterpiece, L'Aimant, which adds a nutty note to the recipe.

One of the all time great masterpieces of the perfume art - again expose yourself to vintage only - readily available on Ebay.

08th October, 2014
Jan 2012, I just obtained two new bottles from the vermontcountrystore website.
to me it smells like the powdery Jasmine that grows in my yard.
It smells EXACTLY like Coty's "airspun face powder"
it's fantastic and I love it.
Who would not want to smell like a Jasmine filled breeze?
26th January, 2013
To me, L'origan is chiefly a comfort fragrance. Oddly enough, no one I have known actually wore it. My grand-mother who would be 107 years old today used to soak a cotton ball with L'origan and put it in a bag with a yarn of wool. She would use that perfumed wool to knit baby bootees, bonnets and vests. It's amazing how something as trivial as an inexpensive fragrance can bring back such fond memories.
17th June, 2012
Another civet monster!
This is yummy. Very sexy, very animalistic. Coty never fails to surprise me - and this is one of Coty's jewels.
Put on that red ress, high heels and go prowling. If you are brave, that is.
05th May, 2010
rickie Show all reviews
United States
Smells somewhat like L'Heure Bleue by Guerlain, but L'origan Vintage form smells much better. Right now this is my passion. I have a couple of vintage bottles, one being EDP. Geez, this couldnt be any better. I just wish the bottle was bigger. This is awesome. I believe L'origan means The Golden. (not sure) And according to the Perfume Genealogy list, L'heure Bleue was developed after, maybe to try to copy it somewhat. Coty had some winning perfumes. The vintage ones are the best.
20th September, 2009 (last edited: 27th January, 2010)
tanto Show all reviews
United States
My mom loved this scent. When I was a boy I remember her wearing L'Origan to various functions. I guess she felt it "suited" the occasion. There is something about these old fragrances that can never be duplicated today. As I once said, old fragrances are like "comfort foods". They really do work in the same way but more important is the fact that they depict a particular era in history and of one's own life. Coty was the # 1 perfumer of inexpensive but quality fragrances throughout the world. These fragrances were innovative, feminine, and yes, in a "class" of there own !!
03rd September, 2009

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