Kate’s Wedding Perfume

If you have been following this blog for a while, you will know that I have written about what perfume Kate wore on her wedding day before. However, this post is the first time that I will be highlighting multiple scents from Illuminum, the perfume house that created the classic white floral scent that Kate Middleton wore on her wedding day when she became the Duchess of Cambridge. Illuminum is a British perfume house that is now easier for us Americans to find here in the states.

Illuminum was founded five years ago, the same year that William and Kate got married. Their official website describes Illuminum as “a British fine fragrance collection that views scent as an open-ended adventure in self-expression. Where other perfume houses ask you to identify with a market idea of who you are, we make you the star of a transformative process of personal discovery. This process of becoming is without limits. You make it what it is.”

So without further ado, here is a list of some scents from Illuminum for both women and men with the official description of each scent courtesy of Barney’s New York. Furthermore, some of the scents that I will write about here are found exclusively at Barney’s so you won’t find them anywhere else. I will begin with Kate’s wedding perfume: White Gardenia Petals.

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White Gardenia Petals

Traditionally British royal brides since Queen Victoria tend to wear Creed perfume on their wedding day for the exception of Princess Diana and a few others. Kate decided to break with traditional and wear the brand new perfume by Illuminum on her big day. At the time of her wedding, it was widely reported that Kate chose “White Gardenia Petals” for her wedding and she may continue to wear it to this day.

White Gardenia Petals’ official description: “This is a delicate and refined scent – the top note of lily evokes a nostalgic summer ambiance, whilst heart notes of gardenia, Ylang Ylang, lily of the valley and jasmine breeze are sumptuous and feminine. Amber wood underscores this light bouquet.”

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Tahitian Yuzu

Here is another fragrance from Illuminum called Tahitian Yuzu.

Official description: “Redolent of the South Seas and all their exotic abundance of fruits and flowers. This fragrance clusters together top notes of pineapple and blackcurrant that are sparkling, piquant and delicious, it then journeys into a sea of twinkling stars; jasmine and violet. Whilst the base note of musk bestows a soft seductiveness to this effervescent mix.”

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Ginger Pear

Illuminum seems to specialize in niche perfume that is unique to what you can easily find in any department store. “Ginger Pear” is a perfect example of how artfully Illuminum blends notes together.

Ginger Pear’s Description: “This exotic partnering of ginger and pear is the apogee of gourmand fragrances. An effervescent crown of sparkling pear and citrus zest melts into a beautiful evocation of wild ginger – as though you had just sliced in half a root. Tea blossom joins the ginger to provide a sanguine coolness, whilst musk renders sweetness at the base.”

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Tribal Black Tea

I absolutely LOVE any perfume with bergamot in it.

Tribal Black Tea description: “A spiced conflation of orange and tea notes, serenade the wearer with the brightness of bergamot and the engagingly provocative spice of cardamom. The darkness of the black tea blossom brings body to the centre. Mystical incense and sweet amber wood underscore this dry, sensually saturnine and beautifully bitter evocation.”

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Piper Leather

This leather scent is great for women who like more unisex scents. I know lots of women who like to wear a light cologne and I think this scent would be perfect for that.

Official Description: “The dark, demonic whip crack of leather is central to this fragrance. Flanked by Black Pepper and Coriander at the top and Olibanum and Civet underneath; this is a dry, luxuriant and deviant leather scent. A spicy sensuality pervades this scent.”

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Cashmere Musk

A coconut scent would be perfect for summer.

Official Description: “Wrap yourself in this cosseting and cocooning blend of sweetness and light. Top notes of coconut and fresh greens beckon you in and engender an inviting succulence. Purple hyacinth lends an exotic flourish to this most tactile of blends. Cashmere wood and amber gives it a gravitas and strength and longevity, fixing the evanescent coconut and greens into a lasting embrace.”

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White Datura

Besides bergamot, I also love any scent with jasmine in it. I think it’s so feminine.

Official Description: “Opening with a refreshing waterfall of citrus, this seemingly capricious floral, embedded with Baies Rose and Jasmine absolute employs White Datura Oil at its epicentre, providing its legendary hypnotic qualities.”

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Arabian Amber

Arabian Amber is mysterious and sexy with notes of sandalwood and Egyptian bergamot.

Official Description: “As intense as a walk through the souk. This perfume emits all the mystery and excitement of the Middle East. A hint of Egyptian Bergamot trumpets the arrival of this scent followed by exotic ingredients that unfurl as the fragrance settles – a rich symphony of Atlas cedar wood Sandalwood from Mysore, Patchouli for Indonesia and Omani Golden Frankincense.”

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Rajamusk is a lovely young, fresh fruity floral scent.

Official Description: “Another thrilling assemblage of fruits and flowers: this one has a conflation of pear blossom and redcurrant at the top creating a fizzy ripeness that is fit to burst. The heart is a floral clustering of lily of the valley and violet petals – weightless and feminine. And the base notes include white patchouli. A bewitching alchemy of freshness, sweetness and spice.”

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Bergamot Blossom

This scent is definitely on my wish list. I love the idea of blending bergamot with citrus notes.

Official Description: “Bergamot blossom, as piquant and crisp as a summer’s walk through Mediterranean lemon groves cuts through the air – a scythe of scent molecules. The formula is a simple clutch of ingredients: Lemon, Blood Orange, Bergamot, Tunisian Neroli and Musk. But the pyrotechnic effect of all these explosive, heightened yet sweet and sharp citruses redefines what it is to smell Bergamot in the sunshine.”

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Saffron Amber

Yet another great scent for the summer.

Official Description: “A clarion call of succulent peach and bergamot opens this sumptuously melodic fragrance. Melting harmoniously into Ylang Ylang and golden saffron India, this beautifully evokes a hazy summer sunset of rich notes. Finally a base note of amber lends a resinous charm, anchoring the scent with a sweet depth.”

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Wild Tobacco

This scent sounds like it would be great for men as well as women who like a scent that smells more woodsy.

Official Description: “Exudes the dry and distinguished smell of the gentleman’s club. Top notes of Clary Sage and Clove Buds open this fragrance with a fanfare of herb and spice. The heart is a blast of Virginian Cedar Wood Tobacco leaves, as rich and moist as nestles in a pipe itself and devoid of any harmful nicotine. Finally the base of Labdanum adds a sostenato chord of sensuousness and depth.”

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White Oud

White Oud is described as a great sexy, spicy scent.

Official Description: “Just like a fine bottle of Bordeaux, this perfume requires time and knowledge to be loved. The sensations of smoked wood and mysterious spices champion this composition.”

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Rose Oud

Rose Oud is a warm, feminine, floral scent.

Official Description: “Jasmine, Muguet and Moroccan Rose dovetail the exquisitely complex smell of oud in this depth-charged feminine fragrance. The oud lends the flowers a smoky, yet honeyed resonance with hints of spice and wood while castoreum endows exotic warmth to the base.”

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Scarlet Oud

Heralded as the world’s first naturally red perfume, Scarlet Oud is one of the most unique scents that Illuminum has to offer.

Official Description: “Oud (also known as Agarwood) is the dark resinous heartwood that forms in Aquilaria trees (native to Southeast Asia). Oud has had ancient significance and religious connotations and is sometimes used as incense in temples. As a result this is a multilayered and complex scent redolent of thick smoke, honey, wood and green shoots. It is also the world’s first naturally scarlet scent!”

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Wild Berry Blossom

Finally, Wild Berry Blossom is a mature, sexy version of a fruity floral.

Official Description: “A reinterpretation of the classic fruity floral, avoiding all the clichés. A top note of cassis lends it a dark, bubbly froth on opening. At its heart lies wild berry blossom and peony for a sweet and subtle floral bouquet. At the base is cedarwood, anchoring these fruits and flowers with a smooth depth.”

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I hope that you have enjoyed learning more about Illuminum, the British perfume company that created the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding perfume! Don’t forget to like My Frugal Lady on Facebook and to follow this blog for more cool articles and info like this!


The Frugal Lady

British Royal Perfume-Part Two

Hey Everyone,

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? 😛 )

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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