A Fall Fragrance Fantasy: Prince Matchabelli Golden Autumn (1958)

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Every fall season should include days like this, with companionable strolls down leaf-strewn paths under brilliant foliage and clear skies.

This advertisement for Prince Matchabelli Golden Autumn was published in 1964. I wish I could get closer to see the details of the couple’s outfits — sweaters? tweeds? — but even without sharper resolution, the mood is clearly conveyed…

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Here’s an advertisement from the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin from September 19, 1958, introducing Golden Autumn as a new “Fall classic.”

This illustration, from Sisson’s department store, gives us a look at the “leaf-emblazoned” packaging. I love the woman’s head draped in fallen leaves, with the Matchabelli “crown” hovering just above.

I haven’t been able to track down an official description of Golden Autumn’s notes, just some conflicting lists of notes on different fragrance sites. I’m imagining a spicy amber scent, warm but not heavy.

What perfume do you think you’ll be wearing most often this fall? Feel free to share in the comments!

 

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  1. If I recall correctly (and that’s a big if), Jeffrey Dame’s Long Lost Perfumes made a re-creation of Golden Autumn back in the ’00s. I feel like I owned, or at least saw, a mini of it at one time.

    As for what I’ll be wearing this autumn, it will be a lineup of old favorites: L’Artisan Bois Farine, PG Praliné de Santal, Hermès L’Ambre des Merveilles, Chanel No. 19 EDT (which has a mild leather note that I don’t get from any of the other formulations) … and maybe Duality, another LLP scent, which is a re-creation of Anne Klein II.

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  2. I wore this scent in the 60s. I loved it and wish it was still being made. It was a heavier scent, thus the autumnal reference. I have really good memories of this scent.

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  3. Oh how I loved this perfume !! I miss it terribly and wish I find a reputable company that recreates the scent. ( There is one but it’s had 117 complaints with BBB so that is out !) And too pricey on ebay. I used buy at least 6 bottles so it would last me from year to year. And Cachet !! Miss them both….sigh

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  4. I never heard of it, but it sounds very nice! In high school and college, I wore Prince Machabelli’s Wind Song. Loved it! I agree with scents no longer being made. I wore Jessica McClintock for many summers, but now it’s been discontinued. So sad.

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  5. Just bought Golden Autumn off of Ebay! So elated to find it! This was my mother’s signature perfume in the late 60s. She’d spray it on, and I’d go over and inhale… it was a shame to exhale! The scent is sweet and rich, I couldn’t wait to grow up and start wearing it. No other perfume compared, I even adore the crown bottle. I’ll have to let Vermontcountrystore,com the name of this perfume. This company reproduces retired perfume recipes, they have A Night In Paris, Tigress, go online and see what they recreated. Their company specializes in retro thi`gs we love!

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  6. Just bought Golden Autumn off of Ebay! So elated to find it! This was my mother’s signature perfume in the late 60s. She’d spray it on, and I’d go over and inhale… it was a shame to exhale! The scent is sweet and rich, I couldn’t wait to grow up and start wearing it. No other perfume compared, I even adore the crown bottle. I’ll have to let Vermontcountrystore.com the name of this perfume. This company reproduces retired perfume recipes, they have A Night In Paris, Tigress, go online and see what they recreated. Their company specializes in retro things we love!

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