Quick History of Perfume + 7 Awesome Avon Fragrance Facts

Quick History of Perfume + 7 Awesome Avon Fragrance Facts

In a video I did on YouTube I quickly mentioned the history of perfume and the first perfume Avon put out as well as a short list of discontinued fragrances. What follows is a transcript of the video plus a list of facts regarding the perfumes of Avon.

I would like to delve a bit into the history of perfume and mention some of Avon’s most well-known perfumes to date. 

Quick History of Perfume

Ancient Perfume bottle. I am not sure of who first posted it. It was on a stock photo page. If you have information on this particular bottle and person I can accredit the ohot to, please let me know.

According to Wikipedia, “The word perfume derives from the Latin perfumare, meaning “to smoke through”. Something you never really think to make sense in how we use perfume today. It began with ancient Mesopotamians and Egyptians as well as a few other cultures who further enhanced the process of making perfume. And it is believed to have been started by a woman according to an old tablet found on Mesopotamian tablets. Of course, the process consisted of using parts of flowers and were distilled several times to get the most out of the scents in which they produce. Archaeologists have noncovered many remnants of proof of the use and making of perfume dating back approximately 4000 years or so. A long time to know we, as humans, have been concerned with how we smell. Not to be confused with our more recent history of bathing regularly. The Book of the Chemistry of Perfume and Distillations by an Arab contained more than 100 recipes for perfume. Currently, we have over 8000 different perfumes as of 2015. Suffice to day 100 must have been a lot at one point.

The Renascence saw a boom in the use and make of perfume and of course later in France, about the 14th century, perfume became a huge market in Europe. We certainly can’t say that there is some sort of difference in smell now between western and European cultures after finding this out.

As you may well know even before bathing became a routine, perfume and rose water was used in a copious amount to cover up the smell. It still happens now but not to such an extent. After all, they worried about the water being unhealthy, they didn’t have the same systems we have today to make sure water is clean. As well as they felt that the pores of the skin opened up more and thought they could get sick from it. From my understanding they felt being too clean wasn’t a good thing whereas now, not being as clean isn’t healthy. The thought of contacting a disease was more connected to bathhouses. A very popular form of congregation and other forms of interacting that I won’t mention here.


With having bathed less often than we do now but still not wanting to stink, perfume was the go-to method of choice. Let’s skip quickly ahead to 1914 when the founder of the then California Perfume Company, now known as Avon, David H. McConnell, began selling perfume after moving to California from the south. In a letter he wrote to his partner, Alexander Henderson, he said, “It is these pomades which we import directly from Grasse for the making of our perfumes, and thus we have the true flower base which makes our floral odors so true to natural flowers and so lasting.” The first perfume they made and sold was Little Dot Perfume. Which got its start in 1886.

California Perfume Company Musk Perfume

Notable Avon Fragrances (My personal Picks)

Then in 1906, they produced a musk perfume which later became Soft Musk. It was in the 1950s that perfume was a much-sold product from the company. It’s where the all famous line of “Avon calling!” became so popular that it has made its way into a film such as Edward Scissorhands. The company had a wide variety of perfumes to sample and buy just as we do now. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular perfumes we have had as a company.

Avon Sweet Honesty $18
Special Offer Alert! Buy Any 2 Avon classic scnets for $19

Sweet Honesty. Which consisted of scents of floral, honey, citrus, and vanilla. It is one of my favorites to this day. I do recall a time they stopped selling it and that was when I bought the deodorant. It came back though and is a staple in our line of products.

Avon Imari $15.99 (Reg $25)

Imari. A musk with incense and spice. Which now has three different sister scents: Seduction and Elixer.

Avon Far and Away $15.99 (Reg $25)

Far Away. Another favorite of mine. Made with scents of Fresia, sheer jasmine, and amber. This fragrance also has sister scents: Far Away Infinity with bergamot, jasmine, sambac, and sandalwood. I love the smell of sandalwood. And Far Away Gold which has scents of ylang-ylang, Indian jasmine, and Madagascar vanilla.

Avon Haiku Original Scent $15.99 (Reg $25.00)

Haiku. Flowers bloom. Trees are green. Birds chirp. It is Spring. Haiku became popular in 2001 and quickly became popular with its scent of Japanese yuzu, Muguet, and blonde woods. Later two other sister perfumes came out: Reflection with water accord, acacia blossom, and amber. And Kyoto Flower that smells of violet leaf, white peony, and soft cotton musk.

Each Rare perfume is currently $15.99 (Reg $25)

The popular perfume line Rare also has amazing scents. Named after precious stones and pearl we have Rare Pearls, Rare Gold, Rare Amethyst, and Rare Diamonds. Each having in common a wood scents but differing in types of flower and with one, white pepper.

Other classic scents are Odyssey, Timeless, Night Magic (a still very popular fragrance), and Prima.

Men’s Fragrances range from $20-$25 currently.

Men’s fragrance isn’t without mention. Men need to smell great as well and some of our most popular fragrances for men are Mesmerize Black with pepper, nutmeg, and tonka bean. Mesmerize original with Bergamot, cardamom, and amber. Black Suede with bergamot and leather mixed with oakmoss. And Wild Country. For the cowboy in your life who smells of lavender, coriander, and sandalwood.

Avon Live Out Loud $25 (Reg $40)
Avon Honey Blossom $20 (Reg $35)
Avon Honey Blossom $20 (Reg $35)
Avon Velvet Rose $35

Among all of our well-known fragrances, we also how new ones out that you may not have heard of. Live out Loud with wild strawberry, mimosa, and vanilla. Also, with it’s accompanying hair fragrance for your hair. Honey Blossom with apple blossom, honey, and vanilla. Peony Rose that is floral and musky. Velvet Rose that is delicious with fig, pomegranate, Bulgarian rose, and velvet. This comes with bath wash and lotion. We had a bath bomb as well.

On the men’s side, we have a very popular fragrance which I bought for the men in my life. And my son called True gent (see collage above). It has laurel leaf, tobacco, and vanilla. Don’t worry he won’t smell like a cigarette.

Upcoming New Fragrance, Amalfi. The scent of Italy. Will be $25 at launch.

We have a new fragrance coming out called Far Away Amalfi. Be whisked away to Italy with scents of Italian Bergamot and Orange Flower, highlighted with Coastal Tuberose. I hope that this one sticks around just as Far Away Aloha did last year that took your senses to the magical destination of Hawaii.

7 Avon Fragrance Facts

  • (1886) The first product produced called the Little Dot Perfume Set included five fragrances: Violet, White Rose, Heliotrope, Lily-of-the-Valley, and Hyacinth
  • (1950) First cream sachet featured in To A Wild Rose fragrance.
  • Avon original fragrances were mixed by our founder himself.
  • The women David recruited to sell his perfumes were selling perfumes roughly 33 years before women had the right to vote nationally.
  • Within the last few years, Avon has produced over 1,500 fragrances internationally.Each global region, such as Asia and the Uk has their own fragrances sold that may not be found in American cataloges.
  • Celebrities who have sold their perfumes through the company: Maria Sharapova, Reese Witherspoon, and most notably Fergie. Fergie’s scent, named Outspoken, sold roughly 55 bottles an hour when it hit the market. I love Fergie!
  • Little Dot Perfume temporarily re-launched to pay homage to the company’s roots for their 125th anniversary (2011).

Many fragrances have either been discontinued or replaced. I have created a page here made especially for a list that you can look through and see if you might be able to get a fragrance that you can no longer find. I know I wish Smile was still available. It was one of my favorites. That and Bond Girl 007.

You can find many fragrances in my online store here. Keep an eye out for our newest fragrance Far Away Amalfi. Take the scents of Italy with you everywhere you go.

What are some of your favorite fragrances by Avon? Past or present? Comment below.

9 Mother’s Day Gifts 2020 From Avon

This Mother’s Day, Avon has a lot of items you can get for that special mom in your life. Be it your mom, stepmom, daughter who is a mom, or even your grandmother. Give your friend who is a mom something. Help the young ones figure out what they would like to get. Not that those cute homemade gifts aren’t good enough. Anything is great. Still, check out what we have!

Blushing Beauty Powder Blush comes in three shades and in adorable little containers. Along with a tiny poof that I just can’t stop smiling at. I got myself one in Ink Red. It has a matte finish in a floral package. Colors include Ink Red, India Red, and Ginger Beige. $8 each.

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Petal Power Lipstick and Pretty Polished Nail Polish

A lady sometimes can’t help but want to look elegant in pastel colors. We have some special colors out now for lipstick and nail polish. Three each and in colors to correspond to one another. Lipstick has a satin finish and is buildable. Colors are Dusty Rose, Carnation Pink, and Coral Peony. $9 each here. The nail polish comes in Enchanting Fig, Watermelon Kiss, and Strawberry Pop. $7 each here.

Senses Pink Magnolia Bubble Bath is a luxurious way to relax. Add a few of our current candles and you have a happy lady. Made with notes of magnolias, lilies, and gardenia. $7 here.

With Avon’s line of liquid matter lipstick, you can’t go wrong with a set of colors she will use on the regular. Give her the Give ’em Tude Mattitude Gift Set. It comes in a floral box and has the colors Rebel (Pink), Remarkable (Red), and Respect (Nude). The set is $24 here

Nesting Beauty Color Palette is a nice way to have a lot of neutral colors in the same place. I have this one in fact and I love it. Color her world. This gorgeous two-tier palette features matte and shimmery shades for eyes, cheeks, and lips. FEATURES 12 Eye colors .5 oz., 4 Cheek colors .26 oz., 2 Lip colors .07 oz., Lip, cheek and eyeshadow applicators, and a Mirror. $15 here.

Hands do a lot of things every day and sometimes we take for granted the harsh treatment they get with little if any care in return for all that they do. Avon Care Silicone Glove Protective Hand Cream Mini is a great gift that Mom can put in her purse to have with her on the go. For a limited time, they will come in two patterns. As you can see it depends on the type you get. Either Silicone Glove or Vita Moist. The Silicone Glove protects the skin from dryness and has a light floral scent. The Vita Moist leaves skin feeling soft and supple and contains vitamins A and E. $1.49 each in links provided.

One of the products that I enjoy the most is the candles that we sell. I have 8 currently. Mostly themed for the fall and winter with one for the summer. Currently, we have five new ones for you. Honeysuckle Blossom with notes of sheer florals, honeysuckle, and creamy vanilla. Water Lily (not pictured) with notes of sea salt, water lily, and blue hydrangea. White Sandalwood with notes of mahogany, sandalwood, and musk. Sparkling Citrus with notes of pink grapefruit, pomegranate, and solar woods. Lavender Haze is sold out currently. Each candle has features of a 3-wick candle/11 oz. candle that is 4″ diam. x 3 1/4″ H with 30 hours of burn time. $19.99 each in all links provided.

The Festival Vibes A Box. Yours for only $10 with a $40 purchase. Otherwise $35 by itself. It has a try-it-size mascara and a full-size eyeliner, eyeshadow and liquid lip.
• Avon True Color Glimmersticks Eye Liner in Emerald .01 oz. net. wt.
• Avon True Color Love at 1st Lash Mascara in Blackest Black .13 fl. oz.
• Mattitude Soft Matte Liquid Lip in Ambitious .13 fl. oz.
• Glimmershadow Liquid Eyeshadow in Peach Sapphire .07 fl. oz.

There is so much more for Mother’s Day. This is just a short suggested list. But if you want to check out more, click here to find everything we have in stock. You will find amazing ideas for Mom. There are categories for gifts under $10, $20, and $30. As well as jewelry, fashion, and scents (fragrances).

Bonus Gift Ideas