Fragrances have the ability to evoke distant memories in our minds. As a child in the sixties, I was given a gift of Honeysuckle cologne. That fragrance was intoxicating to me and I've not forgotten it. In the seventies at a dance at the local town hall I was asked by a gentleman to dance and he was wearing Patchouli Oil. First time I'd ever smelled it and I haven't been without it as an essential oil ever since.
As it is today, perfume in the '60s was considered to be one's 'signature,' 'air' or 'aura.' In my opinion, perfume adds an extra dimension to any stylish woman, and speaks to who she is!
The perfume house I believe to be universal is Chanel and their signature fragrance that can be worn 24/7 is Chanel No. 5. I haven't been without this fragrance since early adulthood and only ever purchase 'tester' bottles of it because they're so much less expensive. Just love it!
What do I wear to bed? Why, Chanel No. 5 of course. — Marilyn Monroe
Chanel No. 5 was as popular in the '60s as it has been before or ever since. It really is a beautiful fragrance.
'Chamade was created by Paul Guerlain in 1969, and it was inspired by the Francoise Sagan's novel “La Chamade”. In the time of Napoleon, ‘chamade’ was a very fast drumbeat that called to retreat. This perfume is meant to emulate the heavy heartbeat of a person in love and its fragrance is based on hyacinth, heavy and green, and blackcurrant that can be sensed through the oily hyacinth richness. The fragrant love story is rounded by a pretty bottle in a shape od upside down turned heart, pierced by an arrow – a symbol of surrender to love. The main notes are Turkish rose, ylang-ylang, jasmine, lilac, blackcurrant buds, lily of the valley, galbanum, sandalwood, vetiver, musk, amber, iris, and Tonka bean.
The nose behind this fragrance is Jean-Paul Guerlain.'
On a lighter note, there were many perfumes which were designed for the '60s and became very popular with clever advertising. Oh! de London is one of them:
'Oh! de London is a bright, sparkling and lively floriental, drying down to a mellow and creamy base with floralcy woven throughout. Originally introduced under the Yardley brand in 1962, the fragrance continues to offer wonderful, feminine scent character with a terrific signature, complex in accord, under the Tuvaché brand.
Oh! de London by Tuvaché is an Oriental Floral fragrance for women. Oh! de London was launched in 1962. Top notes are bergamot, sage and chamomile; middle notes are geranium, clove, rose petals, violet, lily-of-the-valley, ylang-ylang and heliotrope; base notes are sandalwood, cedar, vanilla, oakmoss and vetiver.
The fragrance is available as 100 ml Eau de Toilette.'
This from Fragrantica:
“Absolutely captivating, with opulent flowers, rich spices, precious woods. It has been called one of the sexiest fragrances ever created, and more than 50 years after it was launched it continues to entice with its sensual, yet timeless appeal. Created in 1953, Youth‑Dew was the very first fragrance from the Estée Lauder company and it was the first American fragrance to capture the imagination of women worldwide. Estée Lauder wondered why women relied on the men in their lives to buy them perfume. And why they reserved fragrance only for special occasions. To change women's minds—and forever change the world of fragrance—Mrs. Lauder created Youth‑Dew Bath Oil."
'The first fragrance of the house was Tabu, created by Jean Carles 1932. Jean Carles was well known for his wonderful creations made of unusual materials. Before creating Tabu, he was instructed to make a fragrance for a whore (‘un parfum de puta’). Thus, Tabu was created, sensual and shocking.
Its luscious oriental floral composition starts with fresh citrus and spicy notes. The spices in the heart accentuate the beauty of exuberant flowers: jasmine, narcissus, rose and ylang-ylang. Warm oriental base includes amber, resins, civet and precious woods – sandal and patchouli.'