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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Complice de Francois Coty c1973

Francois Coty created Complice ('Accomplice') in 1934, but died before it could be launched. It remained on ice until 1973, when the Coty company launched it in a period design bottle.

Glyndebourne Festival Opera, 1977:
"Complice, conceived by Francois Coty. A perfume decades ahead of its time, a fragrance orchestrated in a thousand tones, an infinity of textures. And pronounced, by acclaim, the fragrance of the century Complice de Francois Coty."

A 1979 advertisement in the Reading Eagle newspaper reads:
“A THRILLING NEW FRAGRANCE COMPLICE DE FRANCOIS COTY . A fragrance so exquisite and timeless, it will ride above the changing tides of fashion . Inspired by the legendary Francois Coty and imported from France, for a discerning few. It is a poetic profusion of floral notes with moss and spicy woods…flawlessly feminine and becoming to any woman. Give Complice for Mother’s Day in many ways…Parfum $25-$70, Eau de Toilette (non aerosol sprays) $12.50 -$16, Parfume Soap 3 cakes plus soap case $16.00.”

Fragrance Composition:

The composition of Complice was based on notes left by Francois Coty. So what does it smell like? It is classified as an aldehydic floral fragrance for women,  It begins with a spicy aldehydic top, followed by a sweet floral heart, layered over a warm, woody base.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, bergamot oil, orange blossom, peach, spice oils
  • Middle notes: reseda, carnation,  jasmine, lilac, lily of the valley, narcissus, rose
  • Base notes: orris, Siamese benzoin, Tibetan civet, Indian musk, oakmoss, Mysore sandalwood and vetiver


The bottle and its packaging are designed in the Art Nouveau style. The bottle is made up of clear crystal, and the stopper in the shape of an abstract flower is made up of molded frosted glass. Though the bottle was made by Coty’s own glassworks (or Pochet et du Courval), it directly evokes images of Rene Lalique. The stopper shape is directly inspired by the ornate Tiara stoppered flacons manufactured by Lalique in the early part of the 20th century. Even the label smacks of Lalique’s style, the gilded embossing and lettering font was very indicative of the labels first designed by Rene Lalique for Coty.

Fate of the Fragrance:

 I believe that Complice was discontinued in the mid 1980s, it is possible to find bottles of the perfume and the eau de toilettes, but because of their scarcity, the prices are exorbitant.

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