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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Intoxication by D'Orsay c1938

Intoxication by D'Orsay: launched in 1938.

"Intoxication, the champagne fragrance that whispers 'Someone lovely has just passed by' wearing Intoxication".

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like?  It is classified as a floral chypre fragrance for women with a delicious mingle of roses, lavender, lily of the valley, jasmine and spices.
  • Top notes: bergamot, lemon, mandarin orange 
  • Middle notes: lily of the valley, lavender, jasmine, rose, orange blossom, ylang ylang, nutmeg 
  • Base notes: amber, oakmoss, vanilla, benzoin, tonka bean, patchouli, vetiver, sandalwood, musk, styrax

" goes to your heart...Intoxication..the pulse stirring perfume by D'Orsay". 

Southeastern Drug Journal ... - Volume 21 - Page 81, 1946:
"Parfum D'Orsay's Intoxication perfume and toilet water, perfume from $5.50 to $35."


The bottle for Intoxication was manufactured by Verreries Brosse.

c1963 ad showing Intoxication Cologne Mist, Eau de Toilette, Perfume and sets.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

In 2006, it was revived by D'Orsay. This newly reformulated version was sold in upscale stores such a Bergdorf Goodman, Printemps, Takashimaya and Franck & Fils. The fragrance is sold in a 1.7 oz crystal spray flacon that looks nearly identical to the original bottle. The concentration is eau de parfum.

  • Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, lemon, mandarin 
  • Middle notes: rose, orange blossom, jasmine, lily of the valley, ylang-ylang, nutmeg
  • Base notes: vetiver, patchouli vanilla, sandalwood, tonka bean, musk, benzoin


  1. I recently purchased a cello sealed full 2 fl.oz flacon of 'Intoxication' parfum, the packaging is circa mid 1960's with a detachable plinth and slip cover, almost Chanel by design with cream quilted paper board and gold script. Haven't opened it yet, one more for the stockpile & that inevitable rainy day 'lol'

  2. I am 95 years old and still can dream of this marvelous fragrance...First gift of the Cologne was from a GI leaving for service in England, 1942. Bitter sweet memories. Betty Glenn