Recognize these perfumes of the 1960s?
What perfumes were popular in the 1960s?
The landscape of 1960s perfumes was a fascinating mix of enduring classics and fresh introductions. Iconic scents like Chanel No. 5, Miss Dior, and Shalimar carried their popularity from previous decades into the 60s, accompanied by favorites such as Estee Lauder’s Youth Dew and Arpege, both dating back to earlier years.
Among the era’s new arrivals, one stood out: Caline by Jean Patou, introduced in 1964, made a notable splash as the first perfume designed especially for teenage girls. Fragrances such as Ambush and Tabu by Dana and White Shoulders also continued their successful runs, contributing to the rich aromatic palette of the decade.
Unique 1960s perfume bottles
The design of the perfume bottles also stands out as a key characteristic from this time. Each one was a small work of art, catching your eye even before catching a whiff of the scent.
To honor this aspect, our list below includes different versions of select fragrances, which were presented in a variety of unique bottles. These captivating containers, commonly found on dressing tables or chests of drawers, might well be a vivid part of your 1960s perfume recollections. Here’s a photo with a sampling of popular vintage perfumes that were available in the US between 1960 and 1969.
The 1960s was a decade that pushed boundaries, and the world of perfume was no exception. From fragrances that encapsulated the free spirit and carefreeness of the decade to those that carried an air of elegance and classic appeal, as you can see in the collection below, there was truly a scent for every occasion and preference.
Popular perfumes in the 1960s, in alphabetical order
4711 eau de cologne varieties from 1960
Ambush perfume by Dana (1963 bottle)
Ambush perfume by Dana (1965 bottle)
Aquamarine by Revlon floral fragrance spray mist (1963)
Arpege by Lanvin (1963)
Avon gift perfume spray essence bottles from the 60s
Avon perfume from the 1960s
Blue Grass – Elizabeth Arden 60s fragrance collection (1963)
Caline perfume by Jean Patou (1966)
Captured by Faberge perfume and cologne (1969)
Chant D’Aromes perfume by Guerlain (1963)
Chantilly by Houbigant (c1962)
Chantilly by Houbigant (1968)
Chantilly eau de toilette spray mist (1965)
“Are you woman enough to wear Chantilly?”
Christian Dior – Diorling eau de cologne (1966)
Crepe de Chine perfume by F Millot (1969)
Eau de Crepe de Chine (1968)
Dana perfume sprays (1963)
Fragrances shown: Emil, Platine, Tabu, 20 Carats, and Ambush
Ecusson parfum by Jean D’Albret (1966)
“A truly haunting perfume”
Elan perfume from Coty (1968)
“It would take the average man a thousand days and nights to describe the American woman. Coty did it in one fluid ounce. Elan. Our tribute to the American woman.”
Emeraude parfum de Coty (1965)
Estee Super Perfume by Estee Lauder (1969)
Fame de Corday fragrance gift set (1967)
Fidji perfume from Guy Laroche (c1969)
Flambeau Iced Cologne – solid cologne like a popsicle from Faberge (1969)
Fleurs de Rocaille for women by Caron (1968)
Germaine Montiel Royal Secret Fragrance Series (1966)
Golden Autumn cologne-perfume by Prince Matchabelli (1965)
Guerlain fragrance and perfume bottles (1967)
Vintage glass perfume bottles shown: Chant D’Aromes, Shalimar, L’Heure Bleue, Sous le Vent, Jicky, Mitsouko, Vol de Nuit, Shalimar (in small rosebud bottle)
Heaven Sent by Helena Rubenstein (1968)
Hypnotique fragrance by Max Factor (1960)
Hypnotique gift set (1967)
Imprevu parfum de Coty (1966)
Intimate parfum from Revlon (1965)
Jean Nate fragrance splash (1965)
L’Air du Temps Mademoiselle Spray by Nina Ricci (1966)
“The romantic fragrance by Nina Ricci Paris, in a special new Lalique spray flacon — so young, so slim, so French it’s pure amour at $4.”
L’Heure Bleue fragrance for women by Guerlain (1966)
Madame Rochas perfume bottle (1969)
Vintage 60s Miss Dior perfume (1963)
Miss Balmain vintage perfume bottle (c1969)
Mitsouko by Guerlain 1965 perfume
Muguet des bois by Coty (1968)
Possession de Corday fragrance gift set (1967)
Promesse gift set from Max Factor (1967)
Red Lilac perfume by Lentheric (1962)
Red Roses spray mist by Yardley (1960)
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Réplique perfume: For interesting women (1965)
“Réplique will not turn you into a sultry, sexy siren. It will not transform you into a simple, unsullied ingénue [showing old Little Orphan Annie cartoon character]. Réplique is for women who are interesting to begin with.”
Shalimar by Guerlain cologne splash (1968)
Guerlain cologne. To splash before you spray. The very last thing you put on before you go out is perfume. Most women spray it on the wrists, behind the ears, at the base of the throat and at other pulse points.
But what about the rest of you? Your arms should smell as lovely as your wrists and throat. Your shoulders should wear the same scent that nestles behind your elbows and ears.
Cologne is to splash on lavishly after you bathe. To be used as a refreshant. To splash on before you get dressed. Then all of you will smell lovely. All the time. Shalimar, Chant d’Aromes, L’Heure Bleue, Mitsouko, Vol de Nuit.
Shulton fragrance gift sets (1965)
Escapade, Desert Flower, Friendship Garden & Early American Old Spice fragrances
Soft Whisper bath and body fragrance by Tussy (1964)
Taji perfume and cologne (1967)
If no one compliments you on your perfume, perhaps it isn’t there. Even the most precious and costly of perfumes fly off and leave you flat. Taji was conceived not to linger for a few fleeting moments, but to last through day or night.
A delicately balanced blend of verdant florals, sophisticated herbs and other rare and rarely used scents, hauntingly beautiful Taji is what traditional perfumes are not. Taji is at last, a perfume that lasts.
Tigress perfume by Faberge (1968)
Tweed Mist by Lentheric (1962)
Tweed vintage fragrance bottles – Lentheric (1966)
Tweed fragrance for women from Lentheric (1969)
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Vivara parfum by Emilio Pucci (1969)
White Shoulders cologne atomizer bottle from Evyan (1969)
White Shoulders perfume by Evyan (1968)
White Shoulders perfume purse bottle from the 60s (1967)
Evyan fragrances available: White Shoulders – Most Precious – Great Lady – Golden Shadows
Woodhue 1960s fragrance from Faberge (1965)