Named after a wealthy and sophisticated Russian noble woman the premier cosmetic brand, Alexandra de Markoff, was founded in the United States in 1930. Acquired by the salon based cosmetic company Charles of the Ritz in 1940, distribution of Alexandra de Markoff products followed that of its parent company and moved from upscale beauty salons into higher end department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus in the early 1950s.
A major player back in the day—they mocked starter company Estée Lauder for giving away free samples, Charles of the Ritz acquired Yves Saint Laurent in 1963 and continued to produce cosmetics and fragrances until the late 1970s. 1986 saw Yves Saint Laurent acquire Charles of The Ritz as well as Alexandra de Markoff only to resell the two lines to Revlon the following year. Unable to manage the brands, Charles of The Ritz and Alexandra de Markoff began to slip in image and prestige and despite several revival attempts by Revlon, Alexandra de Markoff today remains a shadow of its former self.
Alexandra de Markoff launched their first women’s perfume in 1972. Enigma is a well rounded oriental floral woody perfume that is surprisingly modern and timeless. No Regrets is a sensual fruity scent while Alexandra de Markoff is a soft and mysterious women’s fragrance which is ideal for evening wear.
ReviewsAlexandra de Markoff Fragrance Reviews
Review of Alexandra de Markoff by Rosalie Curry 03 Aug 2012
Review of Enigma by Connie 02 Jun 2012
Review of Alexandra de Markoff by Carol Painter 21 Apr 2012
The department store I was buying Alexandra from quit selling it. That has been around 12 years ago. I was furious because of a wonderful memory I had. I was asked to dance by this handsome gentleman. While we were dancing he snuggled up to me and burried his head around my neck and whispered in my ear how wonderful I smelled. We had a wonderful evening and he was going to call me but never did. Later I found out he was killed in a car wreck. There was such a bond between us if only for a short time. I hadn't thought to look it up on the enternet until today. Viola, here it is. I will order some and relive my one time with him. I have always loved Alexandra and I'm so thrilled to finally get the fragrance back that I fell in love with before I met the man. Thanks so much.
Review of Alexandra de Markoff by Mary Ann Sperka 12 Nov 2011
I first smelled Alexandria De Markoff at a wedding some 25 years ago, and I have been wearing it since. I love the scent and I always get complements on how good I smell. I will not even consider another perfume. I use to purchase Alexandria at Marshall Fields, but they discontinued the De Markoff line some 20 years ago. Lord and Taylor carries the line along with Perfume.com. I use the perfumed oil in my bath and it permeates the entire bathroom and bedroom. I also, put the Alexandria perfumed oil on cotton balls and use them as sachets in my drawers. Don't ever stop making this perfume and keep me posted on any specials.