Sissi, Perfume from Austria (Year Unknown)

© Victor Wong, 2013
© Victor Wong, 2013

Last year I joined a tour to visit some Eastern European cities and at the Vienna stop, the tour guide gave us half a day to stroll through the shopping district. I visited a few department stores, and I remember Bond No. 9s, Etro’s, Serge Lutens, Robert Piguets were dominating the shelves. Back then, I still had some self-control and sanity whenever I visit a perfume store; so I had only picked up a bottle of Etro, a brand that I had never seen before. On my way to the cashier, a sales lady asked me if I needed any help, and out of the blue, I asked, “Does Austria make any perfume? I mean, are there any local brands?” She hesitated a bit, and she went to the back of the store, on the bottom-most shelf and reached for a bottle of perfume named Sissi. That all decked-up saleslady in her thirties said, “We have one, but it smells like a grandmother.” Since it’s unlikely that I would visit Austria any time soon, I had decided to bring that bottle back to Canada for a good price of $20US. (I couldn’t have imagined that a year later I would turn into a grandma and now the perfume is perfect.)

Elisabeth of Austria (1837 – 1898) was the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and thus Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary. (Thanks, Wikipedia) She smelled quite nice, a bit old-fashion, but not inspiring – if the perfume is a good representation. There’s no cheat sheet found on Fragrantica for Sissi, so I would guess the ingredients include aldehyde, lavender, rose and some sandalwood. No one needs to fly to Austria now to get a bottle, you are not missing much. It somehow reminds of me some Bond No. 9 perfume that is not very popular.

I wonder if you have brought back any perfumes from a foreign country that no one knows about? Please share!


Author: Victor Wong

A perfume lover - niche, designer, modern, vintage, I love them all. I am also the owner of Zoologist Perfumes, a small Canadian perfume house. Please visit or for more info!

2 thoughts on “Sissi, Perfume from Austria (Year Unknown)”

  1. I bought a small bottle this September, and considered it souvenir. As the size and price were easily accommodated. Just today, I put some on, and I like how it smells on my skin. More so than from sniffing the bottle top.
    So I am looking now to see what this is and who makes it.
    Thanks for your story.


  2. I bought some of this in Vienna in 2002! Just a little inexpensive souvenir , but I loved the scent! And I enjoyed that trip so much that I’ve saved the bottle and occasionally take a whiff of it. Since then I’ve made a point of picking up a scented lotion, hand cream or bottle of scent when I travel. Greece is next. Any suggestions?


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