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April Showers (1921)
by Cheramy


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Year of Launch1921
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April Showers is a feminine perfume by Cheramy. The scent was launched in 1921

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Cheramy- April Showers (1921)

The Cheramy perfumery was established by Raymond Couin at 19 rue Cambon, Paris in 1900, according to the Perfume Encyclopedia. Perfumista and Collector, Alexandra Star, tells us that “the name Cheramy may be a play on words, deriving from "Cher Ami" or “Dear Friend" in French”. April Showers was Cheramy's first and best selling fragrance. While the perfume house Cheramy began in France, it really took off when it opened facilities in the USA and became an American business. Incidentally, Cheramy was taken over by Houbigant in 1922.

The Cheramy name appeared on fragrance products from 1921 through 1978. Approximately 60 fragrances were created with the Cheramy name, 34 of them between 1921 and 1938. One wonders what it did between 1900 and 1921, when its first scents appeared and they must have been an instant hit to be scooped up a year later by Houbigant, but the veil is drawn.

April Showers was launched in 1921. Alexandra Star also tells us that “It was created as a soft ‘fougere’ perfume, with beautiful floral notes of geranium and lavender, making it fresh and vibrant, but also feminine and mysterious.” This is unusual, as the fougere genre has been used almost exclusively for male fragrances.

My experience of a parfum decant is that of a rich floral chypre, full of sweetness and depth. Certainly there seem to be more floral notes at work here than just the lavender, geranium and rose. It is very warm and round with its vanilla, tonka, musk and amber, the latter providing an enveloping base for the florals. The greenness of the lavender and galbanum keep it “fresh and vibrant,” as noted above.

This is certainly unisex by today’s standards, powdery, honeyed and a bit dark. The dry down stays with one nicely through the day. Very worth seeking out. It is still available on line from vintage sellers.

Top notes: Lavender, Bergamot, Geranium, Rose
Heart Notes: Coumarin, Galbanum, Tonka Bean, Vanilla
Base Notes: Sandalwood, Amber, Oak Moss, Musk

15th August, 2017
Just a very pale powdery floral that lays close to the skin and disappears after about 20 minutes. It was actually created by a French company to fool Americans into thinking it was an American-made perfume. It was created to cater to American tastes, so it's not very complex.
01st January, 2015

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