After a recent massing of some very cool old Avon cologne and aftershave bottles I thought I’d throw up a quick snippet of the companies history.
n 1886, David H. McConnell started the business in a small office at 126 Chambers Street, in lower New York City. In 1892, Mr. McConnell changed the company name when his business partner, who was living in California, suggested that he call the business the California Perfume Company, because of the great abundance of flowers in California.
The California Perfume Company, Inc. of New York, NY filed their first trademark application for Avon on June 3, 1932 with the USPTO. Part of the description for goods and services provided to the USPTO included “perfumes, toilet waters, powder and rouge compacts, lipsticks,” and other toiletry products. First use and commercial use for Avon by the California Perfume Company was on September 1, 1929. Registration was granted on August 30, 1932. The trademark is owned by Avon Products, Inc. of New York, NY. The status of the original stylized word mark for Avon is expired
They’ve been around for a little while and in that time have made some very creative bottle shapes. Although I do use some of the vintage aftershaves still as a treat it’s sometimes recommended not to for good reason. You never really know what’s happened in that bottle in the last 20-50 years. For that reason a common practice is to rinse the bottles well with hot water and decant your current favorite after shave splash into the bottle. Being that a lot of newer aftershaves come in plastic bottles this gives you a classier looking shelf with a little flair.
There are a few of us who even swear that the scent of an aftershave in a plastic bottle decanted into glass matures and mellows a little. But who knows.