So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral chypre fragrance for men and women. It begins with a fresh, zesty citrus top note, followed by a spicy floral heart, resting on a powdery, musk base. It was described in a 1938 newspaper ad as having a "Spanish" type fragrance.
- Top notes: bergamot, lemon, neroli, honeysuckle
- Middle notes: clove, jasmine, violet, rose, orange blossom, ylang ylang, carnation
- Base notes: amber, musk, sandalwood, patchouli, oakmoss, tonka, vanilla
American Druggist, 1929:
"Duo D'Orsay - Duo D'Orsay is an entirely new odor of Parfums D'Orsay, Fifth Ave., New York City. It is a blend of floral odors which is said to be a new combination. The package is of clear crystal with the D'Orsay crest on the stopper. "
Motion Picture, 1947:
"Available once again, two coveted French perfumes— Duo D'Orsay and Corday's Toujours Moi"
The parfum was contained in a squatty, ovoid shaped bottle topped with a crystal stopped featuring an sunken relief of the D'Orsay crest. Originally, it was presented in an elegant suede like covered box, however, during WWII and after, it was housed in a newly designed white box emblazoned with the D'Orsay crest. The bottle came in two sizes, the smallest stands 1 7/8" tall x 2.5" long x 1.75" wide, the larger size measures 2.25" tall x 3" long x 2" wide.
Chemist and Druggist:
"PARFUMS D'ORSAY, 54 George Street, Baker Street. London, W.i, have sent for our inspection four striking examples of their range of perfumes. Le Dandy is packed in a black diamond shaped bottle and enclosed in a neat cellophane covered box. Of attractive appearance is Duo, the elegant container being shown to good advantage in a suede case. Le Jardin is presented in a cut crystal bottle enclosed in a cork box."
Druggist Circular, 1937:
"Duo, half size $6.60, small $11.00, medium $20.38, large $33.00."
Glass Packer - Volume 26, 1947:
"ANOTHER RETURNEE is the D'Orsay fragrance Duo D'Orsay. Bottled in the diamond-cut D'Orsay flacon, it is encased in lovely box of new design, white with the D'Orsay crest. Both perfume and eau de toilette are available in this fragrance."
Duo was originally launched as a parfum, by 1938, it was offered in a light toilet water form called Bouquet D'Orsay, a cooling, refreshing way to wear the fragrance during daytime. Bouquet D'Orsay, came in a four ounce bottle and available in these fragrances: Milord, Le Dandy, Duo, Trophée, Comtesse, Gardenia and Chypre.