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!
Cheers,
The Frugal Lady

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British Royal Perfume-Part One

Hello Everyone,

I have a confession to make: I am obsessed with perfume. Unfortunately, I suffer from migraines and have to be really careful about which perfume I wear. But the history of perfume is fascinating to me. When I was a young girl I got some scented oils as a gift that were claimed to be the same oils that Cleopatra wore thousands of years ago and I have been hooked on discovering which perfumes famous royal women wear ever since.

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This post will focus specifically on British royals. And I would like to start with Elizabeth I even though I realize that she was queen of England and Ireland, not Britain, but I’m putting her in the same category as the other British royals because it’s easier. Elizabethan men and women did not bathe often for fear that it would leave them vulnerable to disease; therefore, perfume became a very vital part of Elizabeth’s beauty regime as a way of hiding her body odor and the fact that she only bathed a handful of times in her life. Women of this period would make their own water by boiling their chosen ingredients for hours and then straining the liquid and using the perfumed water to splash on their skin. The exact recipe for Elizabeth’s perfume was discovered recently in the archives of London’s Royal Horticultural Society and it was recreated exactly. It includes musk, damask water, rose water, and sugar.  This scent can be found for a pretty reasonable price but unfortunately it can only be purchased by people in the UK via a gift shop website affiliated with historic places like Hampton Court called “Historic Royal Palaces”. This perfume is aptly named Elizabeth I and is unlike most perfumes that are used today and may be exotic or unusual to 21st tastes. However, if you are like me the idea of holding a piece of history and being able to smell the same exact perfume that Elizabeth I wore herself is a really cool thing. This perfume would be an awesome gift for any history nerds that may be in your life. I have not been able to buy it for myself yet since I’m American, so if you live in the UK and decide to buy it please leave me a comment and tell me what you think of it! You can find the perfume online at historicroyalpalaces.com.

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Queen Victoria also enjoyed wearing perfume. She was more experimental than Elizabeth I and enjoyed wearing different scents for different occasions. She preferred to wear scents developed by Creed perfumery which was established in the late 18th century and is still one of the most highly regarded perfumeries in the world with many royal women choosing to wear their scents. Queen Victoria’s favorite Creed perfume was Fleurs de Bulgarie, or Flowers of Bulgaria. It is a floral perfume with rose and bergamot. I would be interested in trying this myself since Queen Victoria also suffered from terrible migraines like I do which makes me wonder if this perfume is appropriate for people who have sensitivities to strong scents. (Fun Fact: Queen Victoria’s famous tiny crown was made especially for her because regular sized crowns and tiaras were too heavy for her and triggered one of her migraines. 🙂 ) Creed is a super expensive perfume, and this particular scent is normally about $260 but you can find it here at amazon.com for $130. Still pricey but 50% less then what it normally would be.

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, who would become Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and most commonly known as “The Queen Mum”, apparently loved L’Heure Bleue  by Guerlain. Like Creed, Guerlain is also known for making very high quality perfume characterized by unique scents. It is translated into English as “the Blue Hour” and was created in 1912, so it is a bit old fashioned but still a really romantic and lovely scent. It is a bit heavy for me but it is a classic, sophisticated, and timeless fragrance. Reportedly Queen Elizabeth  II also wears this perfume which I think is a lovely tribute to her mom.

 

Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the Queen Mother) was so pretty in the 1920s. She was very stylish and modern and I think people tend to forget about how she was when she was young before her marriage and during the time that she was the Duchess of York. I can imagine that this is the type of perfume an elegant debutante would wear in the roaring 20s, yet it still is wearable today and continues to be popular.

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Thanks for reading part one of my British Royal Perfume post! Part two will deal with more modern British royals like Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and the Duchess of Cambridge. If you have a specific royal lady in mind that I have not discussed here and you would like to know what perfume they wore please let me know in the comments and I will get back to you. Don’t forget to follow my blog! 🙂

Cheers,

The Frugal Lady

P.S. Here is a cool little article about 15 perfumes that were made for or inspired by royal women: http://www.more.com/Perfumes-from-the-royal-family