When I was in college when everyone else was doing the natural look and wearing tie dye T-shirts, I was wearing vintage clothing and bright red 1940s style lipstick. I collected and carried vintage compacts with me, and loved to whip out my red lipstick and fancy compact to reapply in public. I loved platform shoes. I wish I had the photos to prove it. I think I must have lived in the 1930s-40s in a previous life. I’m not kidding.
So when I discovered luxury vintage Besame Cosmetics, I was in love. The retro styling and classic colors are just my style. The old song, Besame Mucho, is playing in my head.
A few months ago, Besame introduced their Decades of Fragrance, perfumes that reflect the kind of scents that were popular in the decades from 1910-1960. Each 50 ml scent comes in a gorgeous vanity table-ready cut glass atomizer.
I have been dying to buy one, but Sephora doesn’t carry the Besame perfumes in the stores. Why not???? I was afraid to take a chance on a perfume that I hadn’t tried out first. Besame wisely came out with a sampler set that gives you a chance to experiment with all of the fragrances and determine which ones are right for you. And the set is stunning in its own right. The gold bullets with red embellishments look a lot like their signature lipstick packaging. After I finish these up, I’m keeping and continuing to display the perfume sampler on my English Deco vanity because it’s just that pretty.
Here’s the run down from Besame on each of the scents:
1910 Art Nouveau, Belle Epoque, Klimt, 1910s Floriental
Top notes: lemon, orange-flower, ylang-ylang; Heart notes: tuberose, saffron, jasmine, peony; Base notes: nubuck, vanilla, cive
1920 Hollywood, rumours and scandals, 1920s Floral, Ambery, Musky
Top notes: mandarin, juniper berry, galbanum; Heart notes: jasmine, violet, muguet, suede; Base notes: cocoa, myrrh, amber, musk, sandalwood
1930 Marlene Dietrich, cigarette and seduction, 1930s Oriental
Top notes: mandarin, cinnamon, clarysage; Heart notes: tobacco, heliotrope, lavender; Base notes: vanilla, cedar wood, musks
1940 After prohibition, NYC jazz club, 1940s Aromatic, Floral, Ambery
Top notes: bergamot, cognac, davana; Heart notes: rose, clove, labdanum; Base notes: sandal wood, amber, benzoin
1950 Billie Holiday, intoxicating gardenia, 1950s White, Floral, Powdery
Top notes: mandarin, mango, freesia; Heart notes: gardenia, frangipani, tuberose; Base notes: vanilla, cashmere wood, musks
1960 Classic vs modern, the Graduate, 1960s Chypre Floral
Top notes: grapefruit, armoise, coriander; Heart notes: rose, reseda, jasmine; Base notes: patchouli, oud, oakmoss
So far and not surprisingly, the 1930 and 1940 are my two favorites, but I’ve gotta spend some more time with 1920 and check out the dry down from 1960. 1910 is heavenly, like a late spring garden, so I’m putting that one aside for a few months till the weather suits it better.
The Decades of Fragrance sampler is priced at $45, and the gorgeous full size atomizers by decade are $68 each. Lovely!
I will be wearing either 1930 or 1940 perfume when Jeff and I go out for our Valentine’s Day dinner. I’ll also be wearing the gorgeous Besame Lipstick in the classic 1959 Red Hot Red, a semi-matte warm red that’s perfect for me.
Here’s what Besame has to say about it:
“Marilyn Monroe’s favorite. A bold and brazen warm red. A semi-matte finish with one coat full coverage. The highest natural pigment content for a smooth, indelible, feather-proof finish. Enriched with squalene, vitamin C and aloe. Our vintage reproduction reds are the exact shades used by your favorite Hollywood starlets.”
The Classic Lipsticks are infused with modern day good for lips ingredients, and it applies like a dream. The blunt edge makes application easier especially if you can’t find your red lipliner like me! Besame has lots of different shades of red plus others to choose from. Besame Classic lipsticks are priced at $22.
I love everything Besame! The lipstick and the perfume would be great additions to anyone’s Valentine’s Day preparations. And if you are looking for a beautiful and memorable Valentine’s gift for yourself or someone else, look no further.
Besame Cosmetics are cruelty-free, gluten-free and parabens-free. Besame is sold on the Besame website and at Sephora. I hope that Sephora will start to carry more of the Besame product line in their stores!