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Note: Information on this page was borrowed from Stephen V. Dowthwaite, PerfumersWorld.com, and from other sources.

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'Pagan' perfume by Picot

Pagan, perfume by Picot

The beginnings of Picot Laboratories are currently lost in time but we do know a bit about some of the fragrances they once created and marketed, and we do know a bit about how the Picot name came to an end.

Picot Laboratories was one of the last creative perfumery houses in the U.K. and it was famous for its use of (expensive) natural materials. In the 1970's, Picot was owned by Scott & Bowne, manufacturing chemists, with roots in 19th century America.

Scott & Bowne, marketers of Scott's Cod Liver Oil, sold Picot to SmithKlein Beecham sometime before 1980. Picot's popular fragrances, Pagan and Pagan Man, were ultimately acquired by Jovan and marketed under the Mayfair and Lentheric brands.

Known Perfumes By Picot

FragrancePerfumerNotes
Le Train Bleu (194?)  
Pagan (1968)  
Pagan Man (196?)  
Lily of the Valley in Bloom (196?)  
Suede (196?)  
Akabar (196?)  
Fiesta (196?) An answer to Chanel's No.5, an aldehydic floral, discontinued in the late 1970's.

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  • Anne-Marie Fishburn , 03/19/2019. My husband Peter bought me pagon picot for his gift to me for our wedding on the 3rd September 1966. I wore it every day until we came to New Zealand in 1972 and I couldn't buy it in here.

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  • Margaret Leverick, 03/19/2019. I believe Steve Dowthwaite took over my job when I left in 1971.
    I knew Brian and Kenneth Burrows, also Henry Kobus and, briefly Patrick Hibbert.

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  • di, 03/18/2019. my favourite was zozotte. we used to sell it in the chemist where i worked.
    they had a shop in auckland but i cannot remember exactly where. maybe on high street.

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  • Jan Henderson, 03/18/2019. Does anyone know if the Pagan perfume by Picot is now sold under a different name by another supplier? I would love to purchase some. I have used other perfumes since it disappeared off the market but I much preferred that fragrance. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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  • Ann sanders, 03/18/2019. I loved le train blue - oh how evocative. The olfactory such a powerful sense. Picot perfume, in my humble opinion, were some of the most feminine perfumes ever created. They would out sell any of the perfumes marketed now. All perfumes now have a weak fixative and smell of vanilla or candy floss, somebody please resurrect these fabulous perfumes. Where has all the finesse and glamour gone?

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  • Marina Willerton, 03/15/2019. In the 1950s Picot made perfume called
    Le Gardenia Blanc
    and it was my favourite one. I wish that a company like that
    one would come into being again. Their perfumes were
    first rate.

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  • Christina E, 03/15/2019. Picot Lily if the Valley is for me so strongly identified with my mother. A tiny little bottle and a beautiful, fine scent. When I was 18 I started to use Pagan as an evening perfume. Picot perfumes were exquisite. I wish I could get a bottle of the Lily of the Valley, to keep in a drawer and to wear just a dab on my wrist to make me feel my mother is beside me. Wonderful.

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  • bernard ward, 03/15/2019. I worked for Picot in the late fifties -
    ..the owner and perfumer was Patrick Hibbert.
    His Laboratory was in Hammersmith.
    His assistant was a Miss Soulsby,
    Mr Hibbert ran a successful business on
    an agency basis

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  • Alana, 03/15/2019. OMG, there never was or has been a perfume that matched the original 'Pagan by Picot.' It was an amazing aroma. My opinion of course. It was what I wore the night I met my husband in Christchurch New Zealand, right before he left for Antarctica. That was 48 years ago. All I want is to find a bottle, even half a bottle, from somewhere, from someone who is holding onto one maybe with no strong attachment. If anyone can help me find 'the original' for my upcoming anniversary I would be over the moon. It would be worth every dollar spent to find. I am able to get it from Mayfair, but it doesn't hold a light to the original.

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  • Ella Jones, 03/19/2018. My favourite perfume in the 70's was Pagan by Picot I haven't found anything like it. I now use Liz Earl No 15. Any suggestions of a more modern Pagan would be appreciated.

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  • Ernest field, 03/19/2018. I was the manager of picot when it was sited in Hammersmith.
    It was owned by mr pirreare a son of mrs Scott. Who family was fanouse for Scott’s emulsion. The family were French.

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  • Jan P, 03/19/2018. I was given some Picot Pagan perfume at Christmas 1967. I absolutely loved it, and bought more until it was no longer available. I have never found anything similar, how I wish it could be re-created

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  • Elaine Stadly, 03/19/2018. Pagan by Picot was popular perfume in Scotland in 1950's

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  • F. Cavanagh, 03/16/2018. I am a retired perfumer and probably one of a few perfumers to train using the most expensive in the world. I trained at picot laboratories.
    The QC in and out and the systems that were in place were incredible. Every drop of product had to be accounted for.
    In those days, we used animal products as fixatives, as well as synthetic fixatours.
    Musk, civet,ambergris and Castoreum, were used. Thankfully, animal products are no longer used.
    Having spent over half a century in the industry l consider myself extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to traine in the use of the best fragrance materials in the world.
    It was the beginning of a lifetime of creation.

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  • Marina Willerton, 07/17/2017. In the 1950s Picot made perfume called
    Le Gardenia Blanc
    and it was my favourite one. I wish that a company like that one would come into being again. Their perfumes were first rate.

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  • Olgaholt, 07/17/2017. Picot fiesta perfume was the most beautiful I have ever used and I cannot find another one to equal it , I think if the formula was found
    it would be an instant success.

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  • Barbara - UK, 01/24/2017. I used Picot Fiesta perfume in 1961 it was such a beautiful scent. When it was discontinued it took me a long time to find one to replace it. I did eventually turn to Chanel and discovered No 5 which I still use and love, however I still think Fiesta had the edge.
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