A Perfume Bottle, and a Letter Worth Sharing

by Sarah Villafranco, MD /

My husband came home today and placed a tiny bottle and a piece of paper wrapped like a scroll on the counter – a birthday gift to me from his friend, Julie. I was immediately intrigued by the tiny bottle with an amber colored residue, and charmed by the hand-written letter (you know Osmia and hand-written notes…) on salmon colored paper. Running my thumb over the sides of the bumpy bottle, I began to read:

“A belated birthday gift…

I found this bottle about 20 years ago – among other bottles – at a construction site in Hamilton, Ohio – near my university.

A little research revealed that this is a perfume bottle – art deco style – from around 1875. “Lady Lillian” perfume (which is imprinted on the bottom and cap of the bottle) was made in San Francisco around that time period.

The other bottles I found are from around the same period – late 1800s – things like “Lysol”, aspirin, and “Bluing” liquid. These bottles were likely from the same household – all of the other bottles were quite utilitarian.

I imagine then, that this woman in history led a very practical life, save one indulgence – her perfume.

Despite the hardship of this time, she maintained a special place for her perfume, her femininity. It speaks to how valuable this was to her – and now very likely to women of our time. You are creating this indulgence for women now – in this time – creating a meaning and a moment for their beauty.

I thought this bottle ought to be in your possession as a symbol of the value what you are doing has on all of the women it touches.

(Heart), Julie.”

What an utterly thoughtful note, from a uniquely lovely woman. And it could not express my hopes for Osmia any more perfectly: that our products and perfumes help create subtle yet meaningful moments of indulgence in your every day. Moments to be protected and cherished no matter what other circumstances – those that make up the thing called Life – surround you. This little bottle will find a special place to live, where I will see it daily and remember all it stands for – past, present, and future. Thank you, Julie.

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Funny story kinda like mine as we were having a retaining wall redone since they had to dig so deeeep when the worker’s left for the day I would go and do my digging and also found Bayer Aspirin green glass decanter style bottle with water embossed with cap still on it was a wide mouth but my idiotic sister tried openings it and broke some of it.along with many cobalt glass bottles oh let’s not forget the flask shaped one’s…………

Liliana WOLF on July 02, 2015