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Monday, January 5, 2015

Yasmak by Babani - Parfum Syrien c1920

Yasmak by Babani: launched in 1920. It was subtitled, "Parfum Syrien." It was suggested to be worn by "the exotic blonde". A yashmak, yashmac or yasmak (from Turkish yaşmak, "a veil") is a Turkish type of veil or niqab worn by some Muslim women to cover their faces in public.

"Yasmak is of a freshness without equal, it is a true secret of the Harems."

Fragrance Composition: 

So what does it smell like? It is described as "exotic, brilliant" and a Syrian perfume, so I am assuming that it is an oriental fragrance for women. But I would need a sample to tell you what it really smells like.
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These fragrances lend themselves so well to the European manner of using perfume — of blending perfumes to suit your mood and costume.  Blend two or more Babani perfumes to create a personal perfume formula, a new fragrance which no one can identify or imitate, that will emphasize your interesting complexity, will seem to vary as your charming moods, and yet be essentially you. All Babani perfumes will combine in fragrant harmonies.

It was suggested "in moods of fondness for adventure and attention" that you blend Babani's Yasmak with Afghani. Or "for softer moments", Babani's Yasmak with Sousouki.

Renaissance , Volume 6, 1923:
"Le "Yasmak" est d'une fraîcheur sans égale, c'est un véritable secret des Harems. ... Maurice BABANI, 98 bis, BOULEVARD HAUSSMANN, PARIS."


"Yasmak" - (1920) Very rare bottle oriental style clear glass molded pressed cylindrical section shaped conical amphora richly painted gold and blue enamel and black decor and interlacing scrolls, neck carnette gold lacquered, with its olive cap painted black, decorated by Auziès and titrated. It attached the bottle "tank" in the same house for perfume "Gardenia".  Stands 11.5 cm tall and 9cm wide. Photo by Drouot.

"Yasmak" - (1920) Presented in a cubic box dressed in embroidered silk poplar (very worn), colorless glass vial pressed molded frosted cylindrical section, bitter gourd shape, neck carnette with its floral cap, decorated with gold and black enamel. Stands 8 cm tall. Photo by Drouot. This bottle was also used for other Babani perfumes.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

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