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 favorite(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 ingredients for the fragrance were kept in the perfumers books.
|A Scented Palace: The Secret History of Marie Antoinette's Perfumer|
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).
|Fragrance notes in Black Jade.|
You can find Black Jade at:
Purchase the fragrances here.
If you are searching for an 18th century fragrance for that special guy... you may want to check out Pimpernel, offered by Pimpernel clothing. Made and inspired by the “oldest perfume house in France… a supplier of fragrance to King Louis XV and his court at Versailles” this eau de toilette is:
More recently, New York City based perfumers Fabrice Penot and Edouard Roschi of Le Labo have teamed up with florist Thierry Boutemy and perfumer Barnabé Fillion to create a new fragrance reminiscent of Marie Antoinette's gardens.
Happy shopping! *waves fan