I picked up one of these yesterday during my lunch break. It was there in a big discount store and I couldn’t resist (not for the equivalent of ten dollars). And when they are all extraits de parfum, and in perfect olfactory condition.


I don’t know how. Probably stored in the dark and the cool by a Japanese person who never used them, just kept them as some foreign-looking trinket. But to me these are little treasures. And I will wear them.



Detchema, admittedly, I have never ever fully understood- I just see it as a No5 inheritor ( but any Revillon lovers out there who want to disabuse me of this notion feel free to enlighten me ; I CAN imagine that it must have smelled lovely, as intended, on a plush fur coat in Paris on a cold winter’s morning).



Cabochard is essential in vintage parfum. There is a 14ml bottle in an antiques shop in Yokohama I have been considering, but I think this compact little bottle is probably enough when I need a fix.



Fleurs De Rocaille, this particular bottle, is the best example of this weepworthy perfume I have ever come across: it smells brand new, with a pale, violet/iris mournful aspect to it that is positively stunning: the same goes for Ivoire, a perfume I adore and whose green notes made me gasp.



And speaking of green – Ma Griffe, in parfum – just lovely. I will wear it with the crisp edt I have and wear occasionally  on hot and sunny spring days. Like all the others, this perfume is in pristine shape; unchanged. It’s like a happy reunion with friends : everyone is older but content,  in fine fettle; vibrant and intrinsically themselves



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  1. Robin

    An especially fab assortment — and parfum, too. And in great shape? And at a great price? Nice score, Neil.

    I think Cabochard in parfum strength is especially superior to lesser concentrations.

    That’s how I was first introduced to French perfume as a pre-teen, by the sets of minis brought back regularly from Paris and Japan by my dad. I don’t remember most of them, but the ones that stuck out way back in the sixties and I’ve loved ever since are Shocking and Le De Givenchy. (I think all children should be introduced to fine fragrance as part of their education, as important as readin’, writin’ and ‘rithmatic.)

  2. Filomena

    I would wear them too! I have an entire dresser drawer filled with minis from yesteryear as well as an extra mini of Fleurs de Rocaille that is on my dresser. MaGriffe was once one of my favorites. Enjoy them.

  3. Grayspoole/Maria

    Lovely find, Neil! I hope you enjoy every drop. I purchased one of these sets in the early days of my perfume investigations, and it turned me into a vintage perfume geek forevermore. My set contained microminis of Bandit, Ma Griffe, Coriandre, Antilope, Vivara and I think one more that I cannot recall: each in perfect condition and a definitive introduction to classic chypre perfumes. And speaking of children, my daughter discovered that Barbie and her friends are also big fans of microminis and like to keep them in their Dreamhouse although they do struggle to hold them in their tiny plastic hands.

  4. MrsDalloway

    Lovely! I have a couple of boxes of similar from ebay. Think Antilope has sadly turned but I have very nice Miss Balmain, Ecusson, Detchema, Ma Griffe etc.

    • What’s Ecusson like? I have forgotten.

      • MrsDalloway

        It’s another no 5 a like, or maybe somewhere between 5 and 22? I haven’t done detailed comparisons but in that genre anyway. I really like both Chanels so happy with variations.

        You can also get Ecusson cologne for practically Japanese prices on ebay. The sprayer of my atomiseur has a tendency to get stuck and hose me down but it’s light enough to be enjoyable.

  5. OnWingsofSaffron

    What an evocative photo: two young men, circa 1890, one of them with his leg at a coquetish angle, pointing naughtily ayonder („what‘s up, dude“) and a pink Miami-style flamingo!! Now, if that isn‘t intriguing—

  6. The little boxes of paradise they are!
    Nobody, I think, has ever described these so well 😀

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