Welcome!

Please understand that this website is not affiliated with any of the perfume companies written about here in any way, it is only a reference page for collectors and those who have enjoyed the classic fragrances of days gone by.

One of the goals of this website is to show the present owners of the various perfumes and cologne brands that are featured here how much we miss the discontinued classics and hopefully, if they see that there is enough interest and demand, they will bring back these fragrances!

Please leave a comment below (for example: of why you liked the fragrance, describe the scent, time period or age you wore it, who gave it to you or what occasion, any specific memories, what it reminded you of, maybe a relative wore it, or you remembered seeing the bottle on their vanity table), who knows, perhaps someone from the company brand might see it.

Vintage Perfumes For Sale

About Me



Perfume is one of the most exciting of feminine accessories. 


It has the power to delight your own senses enormously and to make you appear lovelier to others. 



Welcome to Cleopatra's Boudoir, ثلعہپاتراس بہءدہیر. This website is a treasure trove of information regarding the history of perfumes both past and present, perfume companies, dates of perfume manufacture, unbiased reviews of perfumes, perfume bottle research and collecting, how to buy and sell perfume bottles, and all sorts of useful miscellaneous information pertaining to perfumes and scented essences. I even divulge some of history's secrets on beauty treatments and cosmetics throughout the ages, as well as interesting tidbits on boudoir accessories.

I also offer a unique appraisal service for perfume bottles, powder boxes, lady's accessories and vanity items. I give two options for appraisals: simple appraisals which only give you an estimated value of the perfume $5.00 and standard appraisals which tell you everything about the perfume and its maker are $20 a piece due to the amount of time it takes for me to research items. Please see the "What Is Your Perfume Worth?"  Page for more info and instructions.

As a self-proclaimed perfume historian and detective, I search high and low for info on obscure, discontinued and well-known perfumes and their companies. I take pride in researching and delving information to present to anyone who is interested in vintage, new and niche perfumes and related accessories.

I always try to find the most accurate list of notes for the perfumes, from the manufacturer's themselves, vintage ads or articles, or books. When I have none of those published notes at my disposal I try to make a notation of what I detect when sampling - and that I will definitely disclose. Some bottles have degraded so much that I might not be getting all of what was supposed to be there...so you may see an incomplete pyramid from my posts. But, I think it is important to have as much info as I can possibly add to a posting, especially when it is a long lost fragrance that no one can remember smelling.

Everyone is going to smell a perfume differently. I don't think I have ever read two reviews that said they smelled the same things..lol... One person will say "oh this is such a fruity perfume with apricot and peaches..." Meanwhile someone else will say "fruity? peaches? apricots? i don't smell any of that. I smell rose and more rose."  that's just an example :) Some people can't smell musk and some others can. Good thing I can cuz a musk note is my favorite next to ambergris and orange blossom.

I love input and when people can help me with a perfume pyramid to fill in those missing notes. If you find anything else, please let me know and I can update posts. I feel that the internet is one of the best assets that we have in the world of perfumery as we can learn so much and also have that camaraderie we may be lacking in real life. Ha! I don't have anyone in my family or who lives near me who is into perfumes, so no one "gets" my obsession.

I regularly offer my expertise on perfumes and their bottles on various Facebook groups. In the past, I have lent my knowledge to the Ebay discussion boards, namely the Pottery, Glass & Porcelain board, Antiques board, Collectibles board and the Health & Beauty board.  Perfumes are liquid history and I thoroughly enjoy helping others learn about them.

If you have any questions, please contact me at cleopatrasboudoir at gmail dot com

Online Press Mentions:

I am happy to report that some of my knowledge about perfume bottles was featured in a 2008 article for SmartBuy by Business Line. The article is titled "On the scent trail".

My eBay guides were featured in the article:
 “Tips and Guides on Types of Perfume” by www.patisseriedeliceroyal.com

Beauty Bible Blog has this to say about Cleopatra's Boudoir:
 "We've always had a 'thing' for vintage perfumes and perfume bottles (though not quite in the league of our friend Roja Dove and his world-class flacon collection). So on our peregrinations through cyberspace we were pleased to stumble across a US website - Cleopatra's Boudoir - which focuses on old bottles, the websites where you can find them, discontinued scents (how we long to have smelled Bonne Belle's Gadabouts, Lundborg's Stolen Secret or Atkinson's A Nosegay, for instance...) - and also features a blog about the author's fragrant vintage 'finds'. (Recent postings include Cobra by Weil, Fabergé's Straw Hat, or - oh, an old chypre favourite of Jo's, this - Sikkim, which was briefly revived by Lancôme about five years ago, but then disappeared once again into the ether.) We say: this Temple to Ancient Perfumes is a must-have addition to the blog-roll for any fragrance fiend. "

Thank you to Wanderlust and Pixie Dust and the Jazz Age on Facebook for featuring my article on Boudoir Dolls.


A huge thank you for the sincerest recognition to Amelia over at The Vintage Perfume Vault, of whom I quote the following: 
"...but my favorite Houbigant catalog (the most historically complete and accurate to this point) has been published online at Fragrantica by member Grace E. Hummel. Many of you may know her also as Cleopatra of Cleopatra's Boudoir- to me she is a hero of the free information movement on the Internet and especially in the area of vintage perfume, without parallel."

Thank you to Ms Dow Antiques for the sincere gratitude for my entry on Ahmed Soliman: 
"According to the excellent perfume bottle history blog Cleopatra's Boudoir.." 


Personal Details: 

My name is Grace Elizabeth Arnone Hummel, غراچع, better known as Cleopatra's Boudoir in the perfume world. I am a 37 year old antique dealer/perfume aficionado currently residing in NJ, where I make my home with my husband, Steve. I have a beautiful Russian Blue cat named Rayna, an adorable solid black Russian blue/DSH mix Kismet (Rayna's son) and a pretty little Bengal mix cat, Jemma (nickname "Little Cat"). Shown in the photos below are of the cats I have and had in the past. I also enjoy fostering kittens from a local animal shelter and will be fostering again soon and will post some photos.

Times are tough, I suffer from Lyme disease and my husband needs a kidney transplant as he has kidney failure in both kidneys from diabetes. My husband had surgery for a triple bypass in the beginning of September so that his body will be ready for his pancreas and kidney transplant surgery. Update! My husband just had a pancreas and a kidney transplant in April 2016!









As for collecting, I love perfume bottles, but I collected other treasures in the past such as antique RS Prussia, Limoges and Nippon porcelain and vintage clothing and accessories (parasols, hats, fans, beaded and mesh purses) from the mid 1800s-1930s. I love many things from the Victorian-Edwardian era and used to collect scrapbooks and die cuts, trade cards, Valentine cards, jewelry, chatelaines, Moser type Bohemian glass, mourning items, hatpins and holders, textiles and lace, figurines, Battersea enamel snuff and patch boxes and vanity items. 1920s-1930s Art Deco items also pique my interest and I love the jewelry of the period, especially Czech jewelry.

I collect vintage miniature perfumes, only those that retain their boxes and have perfume inside. As of this writing, I have over 400.

Most things were sold over the years as my tastes changed and situations presented themselves. But, I still have a small collection of antique German bisque spill vases and figurines as well as some old Nippon which I adore (which is in storage).

Since 1999, I have used the name Cleopatra's Boudoir as nom de plume, both on and offline, I am not affiliated with any other blogs or entities using my name. I started this website in 2008 to help people who cannot afford books and other research materials, who are interested in learning about perfumes and their histories.

My ebay seller ids starting in 1999 were: cleopatra*s_boudoir and debras*antiques (which I named after my mother).

In the past few years, I have started doing reviews of perfume. My favorite hobby besides, perfume shopping, is that sampling long forgotten perfumes that have been discontinued for decades. This helps me create a profile of the scent, that cannot be found in any other publications online or offline. If you have any samples to donate, not only would I be grateful, but I am sure my readers would be as well. Think of a fragrance from your youth, or one that your mother or grandmother wore at one time, that you cannot remember the name of, or if you do remember the name, but cannot remember what it smells like, you would be able to find that information here.

Accolades and Memberships:
  • I am a current member of the International Perfume Bottle Association
  • Member of Fragrantica Online Magazine as a writer on Vintage Fragrances
  • Member of Makeup Alley, screen name cleopatrasboudoir
  • Member of Sniffapalooza's Fragrance Advisory Board
  • Member of Allure Magazine's Beauty Panel
  • Writer for The Perfume Magazine
  • Owner and Operator of the Cleopatra's Boudoir website as well as over 80 different blog sites on various perfume companies.
  • Author of over 200 guides on vintage perfumes & their companies on eBay
  • Member of the Worldwide Who's Who of Executives, Entrepreneurs and Professionals

FRAGRANCES I WEAR:


I often get emails asking me what my favorite perfumes are or what is in my perfume wardrobe. I prefer the following in reference to fragrances: orientals, ambergris, opulent florals, woody, vanilla, spicy, incense, gourmand, sweet, heady, seductive, tobacco, musky, animalic. I am currently coveting the Shalimar Ode de la Vanille scents...

This is just a small list but I wear the following perfumes:
  • Alien by Thierry Mugler
  • Ambre Gris by Balmain
  • Angel by Thierry Mugler
  • Bal a Versailles by Jean Desprez
  • Balenciaga Paris by Balenciaga
  • Balenciaga Paris L'Essence by Balenciaga
  • Black Cashmere by Donna Karan
  • Black Orchid by Tom Ford
  • Boucheron by Boucheron (vintage version)
  • Cashmere Mist by Donna Karan
  • Cashmere Mist Pearl Essence by Donna Karan
  • Casmir by Chopard
  • Chergui by Serge Lutens
  • Coco by Chanel
  • Cornubia by Penhaligon's
  • Cristal d'Ambre by Keiko Mecheri
  • Datura Blanche by Keiko Mecheri
  • Delicious by Gale Hayman
  • Dior Addict
  • Douceur de Vanille by Les Nereides
  • Fleur Nocturne by Isabey
  • Fracas by Robert Piguet
  • Gardenia by Isabey
  • Hypnotic Poison
  • Indulge by Eadward
  • Insolence by Guerlain
  • Jaipur by Boucheron
  • Jovan White Musk
  • Juicy Couture
  • Jungle Elephant by Kenzo
  • Juju by Joots
  • L de Lolita Lempicka
  • L de Lolita Lempicka Fleur de Corail
  • L'Heure Bleue by Guerlain
  • Lolita Lempicka
  • Love in Black by Creed
  • Love, The Key To Life by Linda Gerlach
  • Lys Noir by Isabey
  • Mon Precieux Nectar by Guerlain
  • Nilang by Lalique (vintage version)
  • Ombre Bleu by JC Brosseau
  • Organza Indecence by Givenchy
  • Oro by Roberto Cavalli
  • Oropuro by Laura Tonatto
  • Poison by Christian Dior (vintage version)
  • Pour Femme by Dolce & Gabbana
  • Pure by DKNY
  • Pure Poison by Christian Dior
  • Python by Trussardi
  • Sahara Noir by Tom Ford
  • Samsara by Guerlain
  • Shalimar by Guerlain
  • Shalimar Ode de la Vanille sur la Route du Mexique by Guerlain
  • Shalimar Parfum Initial by Guerlain
  • Shalimar Parfum Initial L'Eau by Guerlain
  • Songes by Annick Goutal
  • Trouble by Boucheron
  • Uninhibited by Cher
  • Violetta by Penhaligon's

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