This is the second part of my post dedicated to the perfumes that the ladies of the British royal family wear. Since I finished part one with Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, it seems fitting that I should begin this post with her namesake and eldest daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. (And can I just say that I would love to have her earrings and necklace in this picture? And maybe the brooch, too? 😛 )
As I said in part one, Her Majesty also wears her mother’s favorite perfume, L’Heure Bleue, as a tribute to her. However, the queen is also said to enjoy wearing Fleurissimo by Creed, which was created for Princess Grace for her wedding day and seems to be a favorite among many royals. She also reportedly wears Chloe’s Narcisse. This one really surprised me because it is a relatively inexpensive perfume compared to the other perfumes she is reported to enjoy wearing. It was created by Karl Lagerfeld, the famous designer at Chanel. I have never smelled this one but it is described as an ‘oriental floral’ perfume. I have worn and loved another lighter Chloe perfume, though. I have to say that I always got compliments on it when I wore it. You can find Narcisse online here at this picture link.
Then there is the queen’s little sister, Princess Margaret. She was an incredibly fashionable woman, much more adventurous with her clothing than the queen ever could be. However, she always seemed to me to be a bit troubled and melancholy in her later years. I think this has to do with the fact that she was not allowed to marry Peter Townsend when she was in her early twenties because he was a divorcee. This heartache was later fictionalized and served as the inspiration for Audrey Hepburn’s Oscar winning performance in “Roman Holiday.” But those who knew her well when she was young described her as being very social and the life of the party with a spirited sense of humor.
Her favorite perfume was Oscar De La Renta’s “Volupte.” You can still find it on amazon.com and for really cheap, too. However, they are no longer making this perfume so if you would like to try it now I am not sure how long it will last before it is all sold out:
Next I am going to talk about one of the most beautiful, fashionable, and most photographed women in the world: Diana, Princess of Wales. Reportedly, Diana loved many different types of perfumes in her life and her taste changed from her engagement in the 80s to after her divorce in the 90s. Her favorite perfumes may have included Hermes 24 Faubourg, Diorissimo, Lanvin Arpege, Penhaligons, and Isis.
There is a really cute story about Diana and her perfume. Apparently Lady Diana accidentally spilled some perfume on her dress the morning of her wedding day when she tried to put some on her wrist. She was so nervous her hands were shaking. Her make-up artist told the story for years afterwards and claims that she told Diana to try and cover the wet spot on her dress where the dress spilled by holding her dress in her hand like she was lifting her skirt to walk. If you watch the footage of Diana’s wedding you can see her scrunching up her dress in her hand and that was the spot where the perfume spilled. The perfume that she wore on her wedding day was Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant.
The last royal lady that I will talk about in this post is Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. No one really knows what Kate wears on a daily basis. But we do know that she wore White Gardenia Petals by Illuminum on her wedding day. It can be found her on amazon.com for $100:
Now $100 is pretty expensive. But the scent of gardenia is really hard to get right in a perfume because the gardenia flower does not have an oil that can be extracted the same way that the oil of the rose can be so perfumeries need to make the gardenia scent synthetically. Many times I have smelled so-called gardenia perfumes that are cheap and they smell like dirt or too earthy. So in order for someone to get a perfume that really smells like gardenia they would need to buy a more expensive perfume from a designer who knows how to do it right. Personally, gardenia is my favorite scent and I would love to try this perfume. It would be the perfect wedding day scent for a spring or summer bride.
Thanks for reading part two of my post on British royal perfumes. I hope you enjoyed it!
The Frugal Lady