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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Grace Moore by Prince Matchabelli c1934

Grace Moore by Prince Matchabelli: launched in 1934.




In 1934, the Prince created a perfume in honor of stage star Grace Moore, who was known for her wonderful talent as much as her wildcat temper. The perfume was described as "feminine with a touch of a vixen" in a newspaper article.






Harrisburg Telegraph, 1934:
"Grace Moore Prince Matchabelli Perfume Presenting - with a bow this new serenade in scent. Created by Prince Matchabelli in tribute to the haunting eloquence of Miss Moore's voice as she sings in the Columbia picture, "One Night of Love." A fragrance as lyric as her songs. As lingering as melody. In the princely Matchabelli coronet, $4.50 to $37."



In another article from that same year, he explains why he did it and why his rumored lover Katharine Hepburn was so jealous.

"My newest perfume was created for Grace Moore, always before I created perfumes only for those of royal birth. But Miss Moore - ah- she is the queen of the stage., so I make a perfume to suit her, a perfume, gay, vivid, like she is. Then one day I am driving in the motor of the greatest star of all. She asked me if, I myself had created Miss Moore's perfume. I had to admit I did it. Suddenly she stopped the car. "Get out!" she ordered me. Jealous you see?" 
He then went on to say that he didn't obey her, but made a promise after to sufficiently analyze her personality, that he would create a perfume for her, but added that it was going "to be difficult, very difficult.". From this promise, sprang the perfume Katherine the Great, both named for the famous ladies of history.

Fragrance Composition:


So what did the Grace Moore perfume smell like? It was described as rich, spicy and tantalizing.  I have no published notes on this composition. I would need a sample to tell you what it smells like.

  • Top notes:
  • Middle notes: spicy
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Harrisburg Telegraph, 10 October 1934:
"Grace Moore Prince Matchabelli Perfume Presenting - with a bow this new serenade in scent. Created by Prince Matchabelli in tribute to the haunting eloquence of Miss Moore's voice as she sings in the Columbia picture, "One Night of Love." A fragrance as lyric as her songs. As lingering as melody. In the princely Matchabelli coronet, $4.50 to $37. "

Harper's Bazaar, 1935:
"Matchabelli's "Grace Moore" perfume is rich and quite dressy; their "Empress of India" is definitely Oriental; in fact it was blended for and is adored by the young Kapurthala Princess."

The New Yorker, 1935;
"WITH the tailored-suit season pressing upon us, there are two recent perfumes that seem to be most appropriate. One is the Matchabelli Grace Moore; the other is Elizabeth"

The Delineator, 1935:
"NIGHT-LIFE PERFUMES. Prince Matchabelli . heard Grace Moore sing and immediately distilled a perfume in her honor, placed it in a crown bottle, and gave it her name."

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."

Redder Than The Rose, 1935:
"Matchabelli: Grace Moore is feminine, tantalizing, jeering and maddening all at once. Duchess of York (lilac predominates) still retains its fastidious public."

Drug and Cosmetic Industry 1935:
"The latest perfume to be introduced is "Grace Moore," and it now ranks second to "Duchess of York."


Bottles:






photos from worthpoint



Fate of the Fragrance:


Discontinued, date unknown.

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 GRACE MOORE 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.



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