Scent of a duchess

I can’t say I was surprised that some people took it upon themselves to mock the pomp and/or circumstance that comes with a Royal Wedding; every punchbowl seems to present an opportunity for a turd. My own thinking runs something like this:

[T]here was tradition and decorum in the moments I saw, and I think in our modern world we’re sadly lacking in decorum sometimes. So it’s kind of nice to see.

I admit to being most delighted by the L plate on the vintage Aston Martin which whisked the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge away from the scene at decidedly sub-Aston-like speeds.

Much was made of the fashions on display, some dramatic, some dowdy. For some reason I was curious about the fragrance worn by Kate, and sure enough, someone had already done the research:

Given her down-to-earth style, I was surprised to read it was something I had never heard of. I don’t know what I was thinking she’d wear. Hell, I don’t even remember what I wore on my own wedding day. I was sure it wasn’t going to be something pedestrian like Estée Lauder Beautiful, or one of the Vera Wang scents, but this sort of surprised me. The scent is White Gardenia Petals by Illuminum.

The name, of course, practically gives it away:

The top note of Lilly evokes a tropical seaside location, whilst the heart notes of White Gardenia, Muguet and Jasmine bring a trio of white flowers into play. Amber Wood underscores this light and capricious bouquet.

Now I’m curious, though probably not curious enough to shell out $190 for 100 ml, which is about as much as it costs to run an HP DeskJet. And more to the point, as a result of suddenly-high demand, it’s backordered until August. The perfume, I mean.



  1. Nicole »

    9 May 2011 · 7:11 pm

    I’m interested enough in the description to find a high end counter and have a whiff. Jasmine & amber are two of my favorite scents.

  2. Luther »

    9 May 2011 · 11:51 pm

    The Gardenia scent enough for me. The blooms of same on my back porch intoxicating. Good choice by Kate.

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