Here is another edition of 18th century inspired gifts for the holiday season. Our theme is perfume!
This one is recommended by reader Bittersweet, Black Jade perfume which is a modern recreation of Marie Antoinette's favourite (and last) fragrance she wore before the revolution claimed her life. The historic perfume house Lubin created the fragrance for the Queen, and the original ingridients for the fragrance were kept in the perfumers books.
If you have taken my advice, you may have read the recent book that recently came out: A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette's Perfumer. The perfumer Jean-Louis Fargeon worked with Marie Antoinette on creating several fragrances and this one, originally Bouquet de la Reine, is now recreated with a modern spin for us!
The name of the fragrance is Black Jade. The name came from the black vial which it was kept in (worn as a necklace).
Buy your own bottle Black Jade here.
If you are looking for authentic 18th century fragrances, look no further than DSH Perfumes, who created the Perfumed Court Collection. This was a limited edition collection created based on in depth research on Marie Antoinette and the courts of Louis XV and XVI. You can still pick up three of the best fragrances, including Eau de Trianon, Eau de Coquette and Aqua Admirabilis (aka Eau de Cologne). Check out my interview with Dawn, the creator of this collection here!
Purchase the fragrances here.
Happy shopping! *waves fan