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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Afghani by Babani c1919

Afghani by Babani: launched in 1919. It was subtitled "Essence of the Far East." It was suggested to be used to perfume cigarettes.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? There are no published notes on this composition,it was described as "colorful , riotous, untamed" and the "essence of the far East" "made of a very rare amber", so it is classified as an oriental fragrance for women, but I would need a sample of the perfume to tell you what it really smells like.

  • Top notes:
  • Middle notes:
  • Base notes: ambergris

In a 1922 newspaper advertisement, the perfume was described as "a ruby colored liquid, with a pungent, sweet odor"

It was suggested that you blend Afghani with other Babani perfumes such as Yasmak. Blend two parts of Ligeia with one of Afghani.

Arizona Republic, 1924:
"Babani's Afghani is colorful, daring. It is for your moods of rebellion and fire. Do you have a frock of startling color or amazing cut? Or a sport costume of superb swagger? Then match these toilettes with Babani's Afghani. It is a perfume of reckless good style. $2.75, $7.00."


"Afghani" - (1920) Rare bottle decanter of Indo-Persian inspiration colorless glass molded pressed cylindrical section, his belly to 6 slender fluted curved, decorated with a frieze painted gold, ruby red collar and green emerald, fine carnette his heavy cap forming a lacquered rose gold ruby red and emerald green. Titled. Model published by the Parisian Society of Glass. Stands 14cm tall. Photo by Drouot.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Discontinued, date unknown.

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