Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps Perfume

Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps - eau de parfum for women

L'Air du Temps by Nina Ricci - "The icon fragrance of Nina Ricci. A fragrance of emotion, L'Air du Temps exudes a mysterious power of seduction. Its fragrance blends into the personlity of each woman to bring out her sensual charm and refinement. [The top notes include] a Carnation / Gardenia accord with spicy accents, suggesting freshness, charm and femininity. [At the heart,] a bouquet of Rose and Jasmine, a rich, noble, soft and sweet Centifolia Rose, and a warm, refined and sensual Jasmine from Grasse. The mythic fragrance is caressed by the sensual note of Mysore Sandalwood and by the enveloping scent of iris. A delicate and romantic fragrance celebrating femininity and romanticism. An exceptional bottle, topped by two doves flying in a crystal whirlwind. The fragrance is a spicy floral combining freshness and delicacy."

Perfume House Nina Ricci
Introduced 1948
Tagline --
Scent Classification Floral
Perfumer Francis Fabron
Fragrance Notes Top - gardenia, carnation
Heart - centifolia rose, jasmine
Base - iris, sandalwood
Package Designer Sun bottle (1948) designed by sculpture Jean Rebull.
Twin Dove bottle (Lalique Crystal, 1951) designed by Robert Ricci and created by Marc Lalique.
Print/TV Campaign Elise Crombez (model), Jean-Baptiste Mondino (photographer)
Available Products Nina Ricci - L'Air du Temps - Eau de Parfum 1oz, 1.7oz ($64), 3.4oz
Eau de Toilette 1oz ($42), 1.7oz ($56), 3.3oz ($78)
Parfum 0.25oz ($125)
Silky Body Cream 3.4oz ($59)
Soft Body Lotion 6.7oz ($43)
Gentle Shower Gel 6.7oz ($36)
Fresh Deodorant Spray 3.4oz
Satin Smooth Talc 5.3oz ($35)
Caressing Body Soap 3.5oz ($16)

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Elise Crombez, 2005-2008

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Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps Perfume editorial Allure
Allure - February 2020
Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps

Art of Glass - Behind fragrance's most iconic bottles.

Time Travel
The most iconic fragrance bottles reflect the hopes and values of the era that inspired them, proving time is truly of the essence.

... The trick is to design a bottle that resonates across the board - no small feat. A perfume can mean anything to anyone. Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps reminds me of my mother; it reminds my mother of balmy summer nights in Austria. But the bottle itself is a fixed quantity. It feels the same in our hands, it looks the same on our shelf, and it releases the same nimbus cloud of scent. It connects us.

Learn more about Perfume Bottle Art

(Schaffner, Liana. "Art of Glass." Allure Feb. 2020: 80-85)

Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps Perfume
Allure Magazine - April 2013
Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps Perfume

Fragrance News - Dollars & Scents -- Don't judge a book by its cover -- or a perfume by its bottle. Fragrance experts single out the best scents under $60 (and explain why "smelling like cheap perfume" isn't the insult it used to be).

Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps, $34 -- Some fragrances start out pricey only to become less so over time for reasons that have more to do with business than fragrance. Scent designer Dawn Goldworm calls L'Air du Temps (a white floral born in 1948) and Habanita by Molinard (woody, powdery, launched in 1921) "grandmothers in the industry." In the U.S. they're sold at drugstores, but in Europe they're found at department stores. If the smell of Habanita reminds you of baby powder, "it's because Johnson & Johnson was clearly inspired by the fragrance," says Goldworm. There have been more expensive editions of L'Air du Temps -- a 2008 one in black Lalique crystal cost $840 -- but the scent smelled no more luxurious than the one you can get at Walgreens.

(Guarnieri, Anne-Marie. "Fragrance News." Allure Apr. 2013: 194-200)

Sexy Scents to Spice up your Scent Life - Sexy Classics: "Classic fragrances are powerful because they're made to be recognized and to last all day," says Malle. These four were each the first of a kind, and they all exude warmth and sensuality -- but it very different ways. [Perfumer Frederic] Malle explains... Nina Ricci L'Air du Temps (1948): "This was probably the first floral scent with an overdose of musk. What I love is how the musk is mixed with carnation to create a very clean sexiness" (
(Edgar, Jolene. "Sexy Scents." Allure Dec. 2010.)

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