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Monday, May 20, 2013

Princess Norina by Prince Matchabelli c1928

Princess Norina by Prince Matchabelli: created in 1928 as a special tribute to his wife.

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 Princess Norina 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.

c1929 ad

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is classified as a floral fragrance for women and was described as a "subtle breath of precious flowers".  I have no published notes on this composition. I would need a sample to tell you what it smells like.
  • Top notes:
  • Middle notes: jasmine, orange blossom
  • 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."


1926 Prince Matchabelli Princess Norina perfume bottle and stopper as a crown in black glass, gold detail, label. 3 1/4 in. Photo from Perfume Bottle Auctions

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

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