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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Russian Easter Lily by Prince Matchabelli c1938

Russian Easter Lily by Prince Matchabelli: launched in 1938. This perfume was also sold under the shortened form of the name Easter Lily.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It was classified as a floral perfume.  I have no published notes on this composition. I would need a sample to tell you what it smells like.
  • Top notes:
  • Middle notes: lily
  • Base notes:

Drug and Cosmetic Industry, 1938;
"Russian Easter Lily Eau de Cologne, a delightful fragrance for the first spring days, is one of Prince Matchabelli's contributions to the Easter season. Here is a fragrance that can be worn with grace with tailored daytime clothes, printed evening frocks or with tweeds. This new cologne is packaged in the same sceptre bottle used by Matchabelli for colognes.."

The New Yorker - Volume 18, Issues 1-10 - Page 7, 1942:
"No one has known better how to make a moment momentous than Prince Matchabelli. His perfume for this significant season is Russian Easter Lily, richest of flower perfumes . . . somehow in special harmony with this Easter. . . this Spring of high emotion. Prince Matchabelli's Russian Easter Lily: $5.50, $10.00, $18.00."
Esquire, 1946:
"A magnificent new gift ... the Prince Matchabelli crown bottle suspended in lucid loveliness ... a new-world setting for these exquisite flower perfumes . . . Russian Easter Lily, Georgian."

Cue, 1948:
"A little gift of great charm is Prince Matchabelli's hand painted Easter egg containing three well known fragrances, Stradivari, Duchess of York and Ave Maria in miniature crown bottles. The glistening eggs are decorated with flowers. $5 plus tax. Matchabelli also has a little Easter bonnet, a tiny black sailor trimmed with frills of  net, under the crown of which are two tiny bottles of Stradivari and Easter Lily. This little remembrance is $3 at Lord and Taylor."


c1940s Prince Matchabelli Easter Lily perfume bottle and stopper as a crown in clear glass with gold detail, label, in Lucite box. btl. 2 1/8 in. Photo from Perfume Bottle Auctions.

1/2 oz perfume, photos from worthpoint

Easter Bonnet perfume presentation, 1/8 oz Stradivari and 1/8 oz Easter Lily parfum in crown 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 RUSSIAN EASTER LILY 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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