1865

After an apprenticeship with a prominent chemist, Blocki opens a business specializing in the finest essential oils, perfumes and pomades. He takes turns as a wholesaler and importer but the success of his own creations leads him to launch his own line of perfumes and cosmetics.

1893

The World’s Fair Columbian Exposition: Blocki hosts Dr. Witt, president of the German Chemical Society and a jurist at the fair. At the turn of the century German chemists were isolating odor compounds in raw materials to create new fragrances.

1903

Blocki opens the first perfume boutique in Chicago; a palatial space said to be well worth a visit from any retailer needing a lesson in how to present fine goods.

1907

Artistry and originality are traits of Blocki and he develops a novel method of placing a preserved natural flower within the perfume bottle that earns him a U.S. patent.

1908

The CVDA annual report notes that if globe-trotting Blocki and Biroth do not return to the United States soon, they will have to ask Teddy to send a fleet to Italy to protect their interests and Monaco IOUs.

1910

At the annual meeting of the Manufacturing Perfumers’ Association in New York the members predict a bright future for American perfumery and elect John Blocki as first vice president.

1912

Education being critical to the trade, John takes part in a talk by the American Pharmaceutical Association about “Perfumes, Their History and Manufacture” and exhibits a copper model of a still used to distill rose in Bulgaria among other perfumery items.

1915

Blocki is chosen to baptize a steamer taking an initial voyage through the Panama Canal to California owing to his expert experience in cracking perfume bottles for that purpose.

1934

John Blocki passes away remembered as one of the country’s pioneer perfumers; a lifetime dedicated to turning out some of the highest grade perfumery made in America.

2000

Blocki’s great, great grandson and his wife begin importing and blending floral waters and essential oils. This experience with fragrance raw materials plants the seed to revive the Blocki perfumery.

2015

On the 150th anniversary of the original Blocki Perfumes, the revived perfumery launches its first three perfumes: for walks, in every season and this grand affair.