#TBT: A Look Back At The Rich History of Fragrance At Avon



Fragrance is — and always has been — at the heart of Avon. In 1886, a bookseller named David H. McConnell offered perfume as a gift with purchase with every book he sold. Pretty soon, it was clear that his perfumes were more popular than his books. From Musk to Sweet Honesty to Imari, Avon has a habit of creating unforgettable best-selling scents.

Are you ready to take a fragrant walk down memory lane? Browse the below photos for a rich evolution of our fragrance offerings, with a few top notes of nostalgia and base notes of beauty.

1886 to 1910: The Early Years

Floral notes captured in bottles of Lily of the Valley, Violet, Heliotrope, White Rose and Hyacinth, 1886.

“Little Dot Perfumes” was the first product sold by the California Perfume Company. There were five single-note fragrances — Lily of the Valley, Violet, Heliotrope, White Rose and Hyacinth. (1886)


California Perfume Company workers bottle fragrances, 1902.

After the success of the “Little Dot Perfumes,” Avon started making a wide variety of fragrances. In this early photo, California Perfume Company workers bottle fragrances in the Soap and Perfume Manufactory in Suffern, New York. (1902)


The California Perfume Company’s first musk extract, 1906.

In 1906, Avon introduced the world to musk perfume. The classic scent returned as Soft Musk in the 1980s, and became the most popular scent of the decade. (1906)

1950 to 1990: The Avon Fragrance Empire Is Born

Avon’s stunning scents come alive in an advertisement for Seventeen magazine, 1957.

In the 1950s, every woman had a dreamy look in her eyes when an Avon Representative called. A fragrance try-on allowed women to sample different scents from the comfort of their own homes.

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