Vintage perfume bottle of wonderful smelling toilet water from Hawaii. This very large perfume bottle held 8 ounces new. It is from the late 1940's or early 1950's and was given to me by a good friend who was my grandma's age. We both loved perfume and bottles. Her husband was a high ranking Navel officer in WW2. The toilet water still has the smell of a lai. On the skin it smells okay but like a older lai, than a fresh one. But everyone wears a scent differently. I do like to smell the perfume in the bottle.
The flowers of a lai's are from plumeria, gardenia, tuberose, pikake, pakalana. This perfume is by Browny Perfumery of Hawaii and Honolulu. They mostly carried smaller bottles and novelty pieces. The lai inside the bottle is not plastic like it looks but a preserved flower that has been entwined to make a lai. Some of its leaves have broken off to the bottom. These lai's were placed but paper lai's were added as decoration to the higher end perfume bottles. It is this extract that is wanted by those who wish to smell the scent of a fresh lai. Very rare size and amazing the scent is still pretty good. I sell perfume bottles rather than perfume.
The box is made with a dried grass decor made to look like rattan. The 8 ounce bottle has about 5 ounces that is still there. The bottle still has the wooden stage of the box but is not attached to it. This is the perfume that was placed into the wood carved perfume bottles that Hawaii is famous for.
This Hawaiian rare perfume bottle is 4 1/2 inches tall by 4 inches wide. The box 5 inches by 5 inches.
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