L'Air du Temps, created for Nina Ricci by Roure perfumer Francais Fabron, was launched in 1948. The dove bottle, first introduced in 1951, has existed in several configurations. Originally designed by Jean Rebull with a single dove, the design was later modified by Robert Ricci, Nina Ricci's son, and his friend Marc Lalique into the famous double dove design.
The dove bottles were produced for Nina Ricci by Lalique. Other bottles for L'Air du Temps were produced by Brosse.
L'Air du Temps had been cited as one of the best examples of a perfume built on the "pyramid" structure associated with the "method" of Roure perfumer-teacher, Jean Carles a base of low volatility materials, a "heart" that gives the theme of the fragrance and a top note that lingers for a few moments, as an introduction to the concert, so to speak.
In the case of L'Air du Temps, the top note is a fleeting scent of gardenia and bergamot; the heart is spicy carnation backed by jasmine, rose, ylang-ylang and orris; and a solid, lingering basenote of sandalwood and musk.
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