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It is a pleasure to note that the indiscriminate use of perfumes among members of the fair sex is rapidly decreasing, and that the woman who employs triple extracts with which to sprinkle herself has become the exception rather than the rule. Like everything else, perfumes may be legitimate or not according to circumstances. Delicate odours, such as violet, heliotrope, or orris root, are always permissible, justaspatchouly and musk arealw'ysto be shunned. This subtle, delightful scent was first used by the Princess of Wales and later by Mrs Langtry, until it finally became the rage. The chemist, meanwhile, has made a fortune. A peculiar custom with fashionable women is to pour one or two drops of perfume into their ears. Nobody now-a days ever thinks of putting it on a hauikerchiefor rubbing it on one's hands. Laces, underwear, ribbons, notepaper, gloves, and all small articles of dress are made fragrant by large sachet bags, that are of a siz3 corresponding to the bureau or dressing table drawers. These bags are composed of silk and lined with raw cotton, upon which the powder is spread. This, in addition to a very moderate use of a faint, suggestive odour, such as the wood violet, for instance, is all in the way of a perfume that is allowable by a really refined woman, Parisian dressmakers have a way of sending perfumed gowns, to their customers. A strange feature connected with this fashion is the fact that the odour remains for ever, A lady of the city having purchased 9

costume whose every fold breathed the moat .delicious perfume, seht^an order to Paris for a sample of the; scent employed. The dressmaker forwarded to her by ex presa a small bottle of ordin-ary-looking sachet '-. powder.^ Accompanying it was a bill to the, amount of 40 dollars. The laiy paid! rtbe mpneyj but since then has generally i inquired the price of thinga before ordering.:— B oat on Herald. ; - ;fj

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THE USE OF PERFUMES., Bruce Herald, Volume XIX, Issue 1933, 17 February 1888

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THE USE OF PERFUMES. Bruce Herald, Volume XIX, Issue 1933, 17 February 1888

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