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  • History,  Perfumes,  Queen Elizabeth

    What perfume did Queen Elizabeth wear

    Our late Queen certainly had good taste in colours with her outfits, handbags and style of jewellery but what perfume did Queen Elizabeth wear ?

    Everyone has their own unique scent and favourite aroma when it comes to perfume. Many have a signature scent that reminds everyone around them of their presence.

    What perfume did Queen Elizabeth wear

     

    Our late Sovereign never needed a particular scent to stand out or be noticed as her presence in this world was by far the greatest in the world.

    Nether the less, the Queen wanted to wear a scent for all of her duties and events that she attended so let’s take a look at what perfume our beloved Queen wore.

    According to Vogue Magazine, one of Queen Elizabeth’s favourite scents was Guerlain L’Heare Bleue. A scent that was first created way back in 1912.

    Surprisingly not as expensive as we may think either.

    Around $126.00/£108.00 from their website is a pretty reasonable price some may say, especially for someone as high profile as Her Majesty.

    Other places such as eBay will have a variety of prices so it’s worth taking a look.

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    We almost see a touch of royal with the shape of this perfume bottle which was designed by Raymond Guerlain.

    The soft top edges almost look like a scroll, used by the ancient Greeks and with a hollowed heart as its stopper, it gives a sense of royalty and romance.

    Another ‘royal’ look also shows with the blue circled label in the centre of the bottle.

    Some might say that it is a very fitting scent for our Queen to be wearing too when we learn of the fragrance notes behind this scent.

     


    Top notes: Aniseed, bergamot

    Heart notes : Tuberose, carnation, violet, rose and Neroli.

    Base notes : Tonka bean, iris, benzoin and vanilla.

     

    Take a look at the heart notes in particular with this scent. What a wonderful combination of flowers and those that very much speak volumes when it comes to royalty.

    Quite fitting also that L’Heure Bleue “marks the meeting of two soulmates destined to become one in the frisson of eternity “-Guerlain.com

     

     

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    With iris being one of the most expensive and admired fragrance ingredients, its easy to learn why this perfume really is fit for a Queen and is the key ingredient in this bottle.

    What perfume did Queen Elizabeth wear
    Iris scent definitely makes it mark in the Queens favourite perfumes

     

    The top notes give a distinctive smell of aniseed with a fresh scent of bergamot – a beautiful combination of floral, citrus and tangy notes.

    The base notes are rich and warm in toasted almonds, vanilla, nutty, cinnamon and spicy scents

    Three stages of perfume notes

     

    We know that perfume goes through three stages when it is worn on the skin and we instantly smell the top notes of any perfume.

    These will be the notes that hit us instantly as soon as we spray our scent.

    They are our first impression of a fragrance and the first to leave your skin.

    Top notes are often fresh, citrus and refreshing and once they calm down, usually around 5 minutes of being on the skin, we then smell a selection of heart notes.

    The heart notes of a scent are the main centerpiece of a perfume and the notes we smell tend to linger between 6-8 hours after it has been sprayed.

    As these notes last a longer time than the top notes, they usually have a floral and woody scent that lingers.

    Once those heart notes have settled down, we then appreciate the base notes and these are the notes that stay for the rest of the duration of the perfume.

     

    Alongside the heart notes, the base notes are also the scents that those around us will continuously smell.

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    Base notes are the foundation of perfume and almost the lasting scent and impression.

    These notes are the ones that others will remember you by, bring back fond memories and add fullness and depth of your scent.

    Often base notes are woody, with a delicate fragrance of musk and are the longer lasting within your chosen perfume.

    If you purchase a perfume or aftershave that contains 20% perfume oil, such as FM World fragrances, you will have a lasting scent for perhaps longer than 8 hours.

    This also depends on your skin type too.

    Depending on what strength perfume you have purchased, whether it be an eau de toilette, eau de perfume or perfume can also determine how long the fragrance lasts.

    Another favourite scent for the Queen

     

    Another popular choice of perfume that the Queen has been known to wear and affordable too, is White Rose by Floris, created by Mr John Floris in the early 1800s.

    A scent that has also been worn by Florence Nightingale and is cruelty-free.

    This more simplistic design of bottle will set you back around $145.00/£80.00 so within many a perfume lovers budget.

    Within this bottle too, shows that the Queen does have a favourite when it comes to particular fragrance notes.

     

    Fragrances notes in White Rose by Floris

    Top notes : Aldehydic green and carnation

    Heart notes : Iris, rose, jasmine and violet

    Base notes : Amber, musk, and powdery notes

    • As one might expect with a name like White Rose, this fragrance is a fairly light weighted scent that doesn’t overpower and lasts for around 9 hours.

     

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    It brings a sense of bouquet flowers with its soft choice of aroma. Another scent that has iris notes that are balanced out well with the amber and musk.

    It’s clear that our Queen had great taste when it came to perfume. Classy scents to match her classic dress sense.

    Have you ever tried these perfumes that the Queen has worn?

    Let me know below. I’d love to hear what your thoughts.

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  • Chanel,  History

    Chanel No. 5 perfume history

    Chanel No. 5 perfume history is an iconic story and an interesting one to read.

    Whenever we mention Chanel No.5 , I’m sure there’s not many women in the world who haven’t heard of such a famous fragrance. Or indeed men.

    We automatically think of a classy fragrance that is still hugely popular today as it was back when it was first created.

    With fragrance notes based in the flower perfume family group, with fruity, oriental, aldehyte, citrus and woody notes, it had every woman purchasing, not just for it’s iconic name.

    So where does the Chanel No.5 perfume history begin?

    A classic Chanel No.5 perfume created back in 1920.

     

    Chanel no.5 perfume history
    The iconic Coco Chanel

    The story began with a very clever French businesswoman.

    She was the belle of the Parisian social elite who created a fragrance that revolutionized the way that women smell.

    By the beginning of the 1920s, Chanel was already a phenomenal in the French fashion circle.

    She clearly had an image of what she wanted to look like and gave this impression to other women around the world.
    By 1921 she had lots of successful boutiques in Paris, Deauville and Biarritz.
    The success continued.
    She also owned a villa in the south of France and owned her very own blue Rolls Royce, that she would drive around in. A classic car for a classic lady and her creation.
    Carrying on her success she now wanted to create a fragrance to fit the new, modern women that she epitomised.
    Unfortunately, Chanel’s background was very complex and a bit troubled and it was something that edged its way into her trademark fragrance.

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    Chanel No.5 perfume history
    An iconic creation by Coco Chanel

    Chanel’s mother was a laundry woman in rural farms but when her mother died, Chanel was sent to a Cistercian convent at Aubazine.

    She spent her younger years here and her father was a market stall holder.

     

    Family- Chanel No. 5 perfume history 

    Living and growing up with the smell of soap and freshly cleaned skin stayed with her for years after.

    She was very conscious about keeping clean and when she worked with other mistresses of the rich, she often complained about their odour.

    Body odour and musk wasn’t a good mix and had a very unpleasant smell.

    She struggled to find a commissioner for her creation with this new fragrance.

    Back in the 1920’s, to create fresh fragrance they would often use lemon, orange, citrus and bergamot fragrances.

    These scents were fresh smelling. A perfect combination for a ladies fragrance but they didn’t last very well when applied to the skin. We all strive to find a scent that lasts for the day.

    During the summer of 1920, Chanel took a holiday with her lover. While she was there, she learned of a Perfumer who could potentially help her create the perfect perfume. This was the perfect solution.

    A very sophisticated man called Ernest Beaux who lived close by in Grasse, in southern France and it was the world capital of perfume.

    Grasse listened to Chanel’s quest and took up the challenge to create the perfect scent.