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Please understand that this website is not affiliated with the Prince Matchabelli Company any way, it is only a reference page for collectors and those who have enjoyed the classic fragrances of days gone by.

The main objective of this website is to chronicle the history of the Prince Matchabelli fragrances and showcase the bottles and advertising used throughout the years.

However, one of the other goals of this website is to show the present owners of the Prince Matchabelli perfume company how much we miss the discontinued classics and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back these fragrances!

Please leave a comment below (for example: of why you liked the fragrance, describe the scent, time period or age you wore it, who gave it to you or what occasion, any specific memories, what it reminded you of, maybe a relative wore it, or you remembered seeing the bottle on their vanity table), who knows, perhaps someone from the current Prince Matchabelli brand might see it.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Empress of India by Prince Matchabelli c1930

Empress of India by Prince Matchabelli: launched in 1930. Dedicated to Queen Victoria of England.


Note: Please understand that this website is not affiliated with the Prince Matchabelli company in any way, it is only a reference page for collectors and those who have enjoyed the Prince Matchabelli fragrances.  

The goal of this website is to show the present owners of the Prince Matchabelli company how much we miss the discontinued classics such as Empress of India and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back the perfume! 

Please leave a comment below (for example: of why you liked the perfume, describe the scent, time period or age you wore it, who gave it to you or what occasion, any specific memories), who knows, perhaps someone from the company might see it.


Fragrance Composition:



So what does it smell like? It is classified as a spicy oriental fragrance for women.  It was described as "if you've got Egypt in your dreamy eyes", a memory of the unforgettable Orient".  I have no published notes on this composition. I would need a sample to tell you what it smells like.
  • Top notes:
  • Middle notes: spices
  • Base notes:

The New Yorker - Volume 11 - Page 47, 1935:
"Matchabelli : The best still is Duchess of York (lilac), but Grace Moore (tantalizing and spicy), Princess Norina, and Empress of India (very exotic and Oriental) are in great demand."


Fate of the Fragrance:


Discontinued, date unknown.



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