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Pompeia perfume by L.T. Piver

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Pompeia powder by L.T. Piver showing Russian markings

Pompeïa Powder
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Pompeia powder by L.T. Piver showing Russian markings

Bottom of Pompeïa powder box.

Launched in 1907, Pomeïa was created for L.T. Piver by perfumer Pierre Armingeat (1874-1955). Pompeïa was among the first perfumes to make use of amyl salycilate, a synthetic discovered by Georges Darzens in 1896. With Darzen's assistance, amyl salycilate had previously been used in L.T. Piver's Le Trèfle Incarnat, introduced in 1898. Darzens described the scent of amyl salycilate as "the fragrance of flowering clover under the heat of August".

Blogger Octavian presents this interpretation of the original Pompeïa (as opposed to the reformulation currently being marketed by L.T. Piver):

Bergamot e.o. 260
Lemon e.o. 110
Sweet orange e.o. 55
Aldehyde C12 10% 50
Ylang-ylang l e.o. 50
Neroli bigarde e.o. 10
Neroli (Heiko) 20
Methyl ionone 30
Amyl salycilate 60
Costone (Heiko) 30
Iris absolute 60
Vanillin 10
Vanilla absolute 10
Heliotropine 60
Iris concrete 30
Rose (Heiko) 50
Rose de Mai absolute 25
a hexyl cinnamic aldehyde 20
Rusconyl (Heiko) 10
Aldecuir (Synarome) 15
Bulgarome (Synarome) 20

Mixed as follows:
The Pompeia extract 100 ml
Ethanol 870 ml
Amber tinct. 20 ml
Rose water 10 ml

(Octavio notes that Synarome's Bulgarome and hexyl cinnamic aldehyde did not exist in 1907.)

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  • Michael Waldock, 03/18/2019. Enjoyed your analysis of this classic and the extra information. I was president of PPF-Quest in the U.S. late 1970s-late 1980s. Finally dismantling my collection of bottles via eBay and listed my grandmother's Pompeia bottle today.

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