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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stradivari by Prince Matchabelli c1942

Stradivari by Matchabelli: launched in 1942, it was the first perfume the company had released since WWII started. It was named after the Prince Matchabelli Orchestra that was formed in 1942.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It was classified as a spicy floral oriental woody fragrance for women. I used a vintage 1950s bottle of the cologne parfumee to discern the notes as I was unable to find them in my reference materials.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot, cloves, coriander, cinnamon, allspice, bay, marjoram
  • Middle notes: lavender, basil, thyme, frankincense, carnation, rose, myrrh, jasmine, orris
  • Base notes: oakmoss, benzoin, vetiver, patchouli, sandalwood, ambergris, cedar, musk


LIFE, 1948:
"STRADIVARI PERFUME — It puts a love song in a woman's heart! Rich, lasting, destined for the woman of deep emotion. $7.50 to $ 15. Miniature crowns, $3."

The New Yorker, 1954:
"Like Matchabelli's Stradivari. A haunting woody note with overtones of the exotic. Both the Perfume and Cologne available at better perfume counters. Stradivari Cologne Parfumee with gift crown of matching Perfume."

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown. Still being sold in 1967.

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 STRADIVARI 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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