So what does it smell like? It is classified as a zesty floral chypre oriental fragrance for women. But, according to a 1937 ad, it was "made especially for men in odors that suggest crisp masculinity." I think it was a unisex fragrance that could appeal to both men and women.
- Top notes: aldehydes, lemon, orange, basil, lavender, bergamot, fruit note
- Middle notes: nutmeg, mint, black pepper, cinnamon
- Base notes: etiver, ambergris, woods, oakmoss, patchouli, vanilla, musk
Harper's Bazaar, Volume 71, Part 2, 1937:
"D'Orsay calls this perfume "Milord." not that it was designed for a man. but because it's his choice for his lady — one that proves the elegance of his taste and his excellent opinion of you!"
Bottles:Milord was presented in various bottles over the years. It was first presented in a flaçon by Baccarat, design #793.
The pillow shaped bottle has a round ball stopper. This bottle stands approx 3" tall.
The diamond shaped bottle made by Baccarat was designed by Louis Sue originally to hold the parfum for Le Dandy, but over the years it was used for other fragrances such as Milord. The one ounce bottle below measures 2" long x 3" tall x 1.25" wide.
Milord was originally launched as a parfum, soon to be followed by Eau de Cologne.
In 1938, it was offered in a light toilet water called Bouquet D'Orsay Milord, a cooling, refreshing way to wear the Milord fragrance during daytime. Bouquet D'Orsay, came in a four ounce bottle and also available in the fragrances: Le Dandy, Duo, Trophée, Comtesse, Gardenia and Chypre.