Niche Perfumery Grossmith Diamond Jubilee Bouquet

Grossmith Diamond Jubilee Bouquet

05/29/12 15:50:21 (10 comments)

by: Suzy Nightingale


Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this weekend60 years on the throneand happens to be one of only two Queens ever to mark an unbroken reign of that length, the other being the redoubtable Queen Victoria who celebrated hers in 1897.
 

With a Royal Pageant celebrating the past 60 years in music, fashion, food, design and the arts, and over a thousand boats gathering on the river Thames in London as part of the largest flotilla that city has ever seen.

 
All over the country, indeed in many parts of the world, people will be coming together to mark the occasion, whether a grand event by Royal decree or a humble street party organized by local people, excitedly hanging up bunting and whipping up endless batches of cucumber sandwiches, sausage rolls and cupcakes. 
 
Those lucky enough to have all four days off as a public holiday will surely be thanking Her Maj, as we affectionately term her in the UK, Royalist or not, because any excuse not to be in work sounds pretty good, really, whatever you're celebrating. Your loyal reporter will be unfortunately working through it (in her other job), so we shall quickly gloss over that subject and allow ourselves to be dazzled by the magnificence once more!
 

As part of this patriotic spirit I can think of no perfume house more perfectly suited to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's reign than the wonderful Grossmith company, with their acclaimed history of producing fragrances to honor Royal occasions. There is always something rather magical about the perfumes that Grossmith producein fact, in my article describing the launch of Betrothal, I described the Grossmith story as something of a fairy tale come true, with the tale of one man researching his past to discover his ancestors owned one of the world's oldest and most prestigious perfumeries, finding the old recipe books that were rescued from a bomb site and setting out to single-handedly resurrect  their family's esteemed heritage.
 

Simon and Amanda Brooke have spent years fastidiously gathering together the finest craftspeople in the business for every stage of production—from the perfumers themselves to the company who makes their packaging right through to the very person who designs the font—a labor of love that has resulted in a meticulously resurrected perfume house known once again for true quality and with great pride in their British workmanship.
 
 
If any of you managed to catch the BBC's excellent Perfume series you will have seen the couple at home, balancing family life with a business that at times is literally run from the kitchen table, with Amanda frantically filling little perfume sample bottles and hand-tying the pretty colored silk strings around the bottle tops. How lovely to think such heartfelt care is still placed into each bottle of Grossmith perfume, rather than something assembled by a machine in a faceless factory.
 
 
Having composed the Victorian Bouquet especially for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, the Grossmith's Diamond Jubilee Bouquet 2012 is another beautifully composed addition to their already exceptional stable of fragrances. Along with their previous release of Betrothal, this floral Oriental is somewhat more softly spoken than the powerfully exotic Orientals for which, perhaps, they are best known. 
 

Following a bright and sparkling citrus tinged opening, Diamond Jubilee Bouquet has a lusciously creamy heart of Lilly of the Valley and Narcissus and reminds me of walking in the cool shady part of a wood just after a sudden downpour, all dark green glossy leaves with nodding white flower bells and that freshness which only comes after the rain on a warm Summer's day. 

 
Traditional blossoms for bouquets also feature, a lovely pure Rose and the sensual warmth of true Jasmine, the almost waxy sweetness of Violetthat most Victorian of flowersalong with the powdery warmth of Carnation and the surprising addition of Hawthorn, which has been planted as hedgerows for centuries in Britain and in folklore generally represents Hope as well as being a sign that Summer has truly arrived when the flowers are in full bloom.
 
 
Perhaps you may have heard the old and, to our modern ears, quite peculiar British saying: "Ne'er cast a cloot til Mey's oot..." which basically warns people not to throw off their clothes ('cloot') until the may (Hawthorn) blossom is fully out. Advice I am sure her Majesty will heed at all times. The dry down is hushed by the delicious toasted nuttiness of Tonka Bean, a Vanilla dried by Vetiver, warmed by noble Amber and tantalized by a subtle musk.

For those of you interested in learning more of the other Diamond Queen, a dedicated scrapbook of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee has been launched, in which you can view an array of vintage photographs from her 60 year reigna really fascinating glimpse of the past which should be of interest to all fellow history buffs. I really loved the picture of the pressed flowers, taken from the actual Victorian Jubilee Bouquet, a tangible piece of history preserved forever.
 
 
This modern interpretation of a Royal fragrance may owe a lot to history, but it's certainly no museum piece. Diamond Jubilee Bouquet 2012 is an eminently wearable perfumeI think it would be lovely for a bride or anyone who is drawn to the soothing lull of creamy white florals. Beautifully packaged, as with all the Grossmith range, this is a perfume to wear with pride to commemorate this Diamond year, if that is your will, but more importantly a lovely fragrance to wear and treasure forever. 
 
Available from Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie in Harrods and Fortnum and Mason. Limited edition, each bottle sold includes a donation to The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. 50ml Eau de Parfum: £175

Author: Suzy Nightingale  (Miss_Nightingale)
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Ginger Kitty
Ginger Kitty

Loved reading this. Thank you. I never tire of viewing the family's mini collection on display in Fortnum's and admire the family for their commitment and determination to keep the brand alive and available to everyone.

Because of where I live and my available spare time, the more I am able to frequently take the opportunity to smell and enjoy the Grossmith range, the more I am starting to appreciate the subtleties in their composition. I still have my favourites but there are days when all the olfactory sense I have become reliable and I can fully enjoy the contents of the beautiful bottles to the maximum.

I hope one day, you too can enjoy the same and smile when you smell a little bit of British history.

Aug
18
2014
iodine
iodine

PS---this is not a 'fume that the queen would actually wear. It was created to celebrate her many years of service to the UK (says a Southern girl in TN. LOL)

Feb
18
2013
iodine
iodine

Extremely well written! I scored a sample and am in love! It's not on Harrods website, but is listed at F and M. Unfortunately the new UK post office won't allow ANY perfumes to be shipped to the US, and likely other places, too. Will just have to hope my daughter's friends hurry on their trip to to the UK and can bring home a bottle for me.

Feb
18
2013
HelenCQ
HelenCQ

Great article. Thanks! Yes, saw this lovely couple in the BBC program.

Jun
05
2012
vivik
vivik

Great article, thanks, would love to try the perfume....

Jun
04
2012
jadetrail51
jadetrail51

Loved your article. Piqued my interest in wanting to learn more about HM. Thanks!!

Jun
04
2012
ANGELICA07
ANGELICA07

Well-done article but that woman looks like the devil to me : I just hate her and would NEVER want to wear the same fragrance.

Jun
03
2012
phia143
phia143

i didnt knw the queen has her own perfume! I want a sample.

May
30
2012
Miss_Nightingale
Miss_Nightingale

NebraskaLovesScent Thank you SO much, I'm thrilled you like my articles, that's made my day! :) x

May
30
2012
NebraskaLovesScent
NebraskaLovesScent

Suzy, I love your articles! You have such a distinct "voice" that comes through in your writing, along with impeccable taste in fragrances! :-)

May
29
2012

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