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Gemey is a feminine perfume by Richard Hudnut.

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Richard Hudnut (1855-1928) was the first American perfumer to gain international recognition. He created over 70 scents and made them available in a multitude of options: perfume, eau de cologne, soap, talcum, lotions, sachets, bath oils, etc. Coty, whose first scent release was in 1905, is most often noted as the first purveyor to do so, but indeed Hudnut was the pioneer in the multi-option availability. Hudnut’s bottles and presentation boxes are prized today by collectors far more than their contents.

Gemey, one of his most popular scents, first appeared in 1922. It was originally released in Europe and South America, not making it to North America until 1935. It was re-branded by a German company, Lohse, in 1942, and renamed Gloriantes. The patent returned to Hudnut, which relaunched the scent in 1975. It is now discontinued.

Thanks to perfumista and collector, Alexandra Star, for making the above historical information available to me for printing here.

Gemey is described as a floral fragrance with a prominent jasmine note and has been likened to Chanel No. 5.

Top: Bergamot, Geranium
Heart: Bulgarian Rose, Carnation, Jasmine, Violet
Base: Musk, Tonka, Civet, Sandalwood, Benzoin, Ambergris, Patchouli

My first reaction to the vintage “essence” I am experiencing (an early name for eau de parfum concentration) is that I am smelling Lanvin’s Mon Peche (1924). The same dark, rich, plummy complexity is present here. However, Gemey soon lightens as the jasmine rises to the surface. It never quite loses its spicy chypre quality, but becomes much more floral over the course of its performance.

I have been exposed to so many incarnations of Chanel No. 5, I can’t really say I find a similarity in content. It’s more a similarity in approach. The experience of the Chanel is similar to Gemey’s, leaving one nicely surrounded by a beautiful floral with a solid dark, spicy base.

Still available on the internet, but mainly in the 1975 version. I can only vouch for the vintage. Worth a try if you can find a decant.
23rd August, 2017

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