lunedì 26 maggio 2014

How to recognize LANCOME perfumes.






Climat, Magie Noire, "O de Lancome", Trèsor....
LANCOME is one of the greatest French perfume houses, created in 1935 by Armand Petitjean, and got fame and prestige worldwide thanks to many celebrated perfumes.
How can we recognize and "put a date" on LANCOME perfumes?
It appears difficult, but -actually- it isn't.


Most of LANCOME products, since 1978, sport a "Copyright date" on the box, so, coupling it with the batch-code, the identification could be easier.

Other clues: 
-EMB code on the box appeared at the end of 1970s; 
-Bar-code since 1990; 
-Greendot since 1992.
As often happens, old and new boxes could have been used together for many years, so, if you want the "vintage", the best thing is to check the batch number.
And here the batch-code explained:


BATCH NUMBERS LIST:
(please note : since there are no official statements by Lancome, some minor mistakes could occur)
the MOST IMPORTANT digit is the second one from the left.

1982 = CAxx
1983 = CBxx
1984 = CCxx
1985 = CDxx
1986 = CExx
1987 = CFxx
1988 = CGxx
1989 = CHxx
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here the bar-code appears on the box
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1990 = CJxx  
1991 = CKxx
1992 = CLxx
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shifting to 5-digits
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1993 = CMxxx or UMxxx
1994 = CNxxx or UNxxx (letter O not used)
1995 = CPxxx or UPxxx (letter Q questionable)
1996 = CRxxx or URxxx
1997 = CSxxx or USxxx
1998 = CTxxx or UTxxx
1999 = CUxxx or UUxxx  
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switching from "C" to "U"
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2000 = UVxxx
2001 = UWxxx
2002 = UXxxx
2003 = UYxxx (UZ probably not used)
2004 = UAxxx
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here the long list of "ingredients" appears on the box
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2005 = UBxxx
2006 = UCxxx
2007 = UDxxx
2008 = 38Exxx
2009 = 38Fxxx
2010 = 38Gxxx
2011 = 38Hxxx
2012 = 38Jxxx
2013 = 38Kxxx
2014 = 38Lxxx

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Previously:

-GUERLAIN perfumes ( here ) -YVES SAINT LAURENT perfumes ( here ) - CHRISTIAN DIOR perfumes ( here ) - GIORGIO ARMANI Perfumes ( here ) -VAN CLEEF et ARPELS perfumes ( here ) - CHANEL perfumes ( here ) - BVLGARI perfumes ( here ) - HERMES perfumes ( here ) - VERSACE perfumes ( here ) - GIVENCHY perfumes ( here )- GUY LAROCHE perfumes (here) CACHAREL perfumes ( here )

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TUTORIAL PICS
(all pictures from Ebay unless otherwise specified )

"Climat", before 1980
no EMB code on the box


Trophèe Lancome, Copyright 1982,
batch CB3E = year 1983


"O de Lancome Intense", Copyright 1986
batch CExx = year 1986


"Climat", Copyright 1979, without barcode
batch CHxx = year 1990


"Magie Noire",
batch CKxx= year 1991

"Trophee Lancome"
batch CKxx = year 1991

"Trèsor",
batch CLxx = year 1992

Magie Noire, Copyright 1986,
batch CM3F = year 1993

"Climat", Copyright 1979, with barcode and greendot
batch CPxxx = year 1995

"O de Lancome", Copyright 1985,
batch CPxxx  = year 1996





"O de Lancome pour Homme"
batch URxxx = year 1996

O de Lancome, copyright 1995
batch CRxxx = year 1996

Poème,
batch CTxxx = year 1998


Climat, 
batch CUxxx = 1999

2000 et une Rose, 
batch UUxxx = year 1999

"O de Lancome", Copyright 1995
batch UWxxx = 2001

"Attraction",
batch UYxxx =  year 2003

Mille & une Rose
with the long list of ingredients, = after 2004


Magie Noire,
batch UCxxx = 2006

Benghal, Copyright 2006
batch UDxxx = 2007

38Exxx =  2008

38Fxxx = 2009

38Jxxx = year 2012

L'Autre Oud
batch 38Kxxx= 2013





5 commenti:

  1. Hello , I was unable to date my Magie Noire : the batch in both box and bottle is 2229 . It is not an old version , but the one previous to the current formula . Any further investigations ?
    Thank you for your blog !

    RispondiElimina
    Risposte
    1. Hi, personally never saw a Lancome perfume with the classical 4-numbers only batch, if you post a picture, we can check it.

      Elimina
    2. Mine too - has the same batch stamped on the bottom of the box, 2229. It's the black plastic spray bottle. Pre-barcode, short ingredients list.

      Elimina
  2. Hello Andre. My Magie N. intermediate has the code number CK2M. While the first version has the code, CB1L. Do you think there are differences between the first and second version? greetings Florestano

    RispondiElimina
    Risposte
    1. Hi, it's impossible to affirm it with certainty, without smelling the samples! Anyway, both bottles are vintage.

      Elimina

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