As you may already know from this post: R.I.P. Grandma – What I Remember Most – my grandmother passed away last month. My Grandparents lived through the depression, and worked hard all of their lives, saving as much as they could, however they never amassed a fortune and lived a modest lifestyle. While I did receive a small monetary inheritance what I was most joyful to receive were the “little things”.
Two things I prize most of what I received of her belongs are her perfumes, and her handkerchiefs.
I am still going through the perfumes, testing each one, one per day, and of course my grandmother had wonderful taste in perfume, Chanel No. 5 being a prime example! Another favorite of mine is the Estee Lauder Youth Dew Original. It is thick and very much like pure essential oil although today’s Youth Dew seems to be less essential oil and more chemically produced, although I have no proof of this.
Youth-Dew by Estée Lauder is a Oriental Spicy fragrance for women. Youth-Dewwas launched in 1953. The nose behind this fragrance is Josephine Catapano. Top notes are aldehydes, orange, spices, peach, bergamot, narcissus and lavender; middle notes are cinnamon, cassia, orchid, jasmine, cloves, ylang-ylang, rose, lily-of-the-valley and spicy notes; base notes are tolu balsam, peru balsam, amber, patchouli, musk, vanilla, oakmoss, vetiver and incense. – from http://www.fragrantica.com/
Then there are those fragrances I remember my grandmother mentioning such as Here’s My Heart from Avon, or Sweet Honesty, another Avon fragrance and the first fragrance I was gifted as a young girl.
Perhaps one of the most precious perfumes in this collection is in actuality called Most Precious, by Evyan. Another vintage perfume mostly essential oil rather than chemically composed. It is a white floral fragrance which smells a bit like White Shoulders with a bit more character and depth. The reason this is precious to me is because I remember it being one of my grandmother’s favorites and her speaking fondly of it. I also can remember the scent on her skin. I will cherish what is left of it, which is very little. The bottle is gorgeous and quite decorative although small and the tiny little hole on the top of the bottle only allows for one small drop to come out at a time, and a tiny drop is all one needs.
I will display these bottles proudly on my dresser with my own perfume favorites, and have found a couple of new favorites from my grandmother’s collection.
The second cherished collection I received are my grandmother’s and her twin sister’s handkerchiefs
My mother nor I are sure which belonged two who with the exception of one that I specifically recall my grandmother carrying.
Then there is this one that I really wish I could find the story behind, it is a birthday handkerchief, I wonder if it was for my grandmother, my aunt, or for them to share, as they did share a birthday.
My mother inherited a journal that was kept by my great-grandmother. We wish we had known about it prior to my grandmother’s passing as we have so many questions now after reading it. There are three of these journals, my mother has one of them and the other two are with other living siblings of my grandmother. Things were so very different in their lives, they worked so very hard for everything, and it is enlightening to read these stories, awakening.