"She took up the bottle and took the stopper out and held it to my nose. ‘Sweet. Smell. Good.’"

Though synthetic perfumes were beginning to be manufactured domestically, those from France were most popular. Fashionable scents included Guerlain’s Jicky, which smelt of lavender, vanilla and civet; Coty’s La Rose Jacqueminot (jacqueminot rose); and Ambre Antique (vanilla, amber and civet).