7th September 2012, 03:43 AM
I acquired this flacon and gilt box as a gift from an estate sale (there were two full bottles; my boyfriend's mother has the other). The bottom of the bottle is labeled "Arisha." The fragrance is similar to Van Cleef and Arpels First (aldehydes, musk, jasmine). It has a ground glass stopper, and is in a pretty gold presentation box. The liquid is a gold-green hue. I am certain this is a composed fragrance, not a base as suggested in this post from 2009:
This fragrance is not present on the Basenotes directory. I find it curious. I am new to posting and am not sure I have accessed the correct forum for this question. Kindly redirect me if I am mistaken. Thanks!
16th September 2012, 08:51 PM
Re: UOP's Arisha
I have solved the mystery. UOP is "United Oil Products," who bought Grasse's Antoine Chiris Perfume Company in 1965. This was the family company of Yves de Chiris, one of the perfumers responsible for ANGEL.
Beyond this, I will conjecture that UOP produced aromachemicals as part of their larger petroleum cracking business:
I know that they produced a patent for a fragrance extraction solvent in 1993:
The story must be something like this: UOP created one or more fragrances to showcase their solvent extraction of aromachemicals (or the chemicals themselves). I do not think these were in general distribution, but the ones I've seen are in presentation format as in the pictures I provided above. Likely these were produced for investors, for larger firms interested in purchasing chemicals or technology from UOP, or as a general marketing strategy for visitors to the company. In any case, much of this mystery is solved for me. I also found a paperweight bearing the inscription, "Goodman-Staniforth Division (Goodman Lumber Company, Goodman, Wisconsin), Universal Oil Products Company, uop." The UOP logo is exactly the same as the one on the perfume I have. It's great to be able to share this information!
Last edited by jbordeau; 16th September 2012 at 08:52 PM.
Reason: correcting a plural