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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Favorite Perfumes of Queens, Princesses and Nobles

American Soap Journal and Manufacturing Chemist, Volumes 3-5, 1892:

  • Queen Marie Antoinette preferred rose
  • The Empress Josephine Bonaparte preferred musk
  • Queen Marie Amelie (wife of Louis Philippe) was fond of orange flower water 
  • Empress Eugenie preferred sandalwood and lemon verbena
  • Queen Victoria of England preferred lavender water
  • The Princess of Wales enjoyed wood violet
  • The Empress Frederick  preferred eau de cologne
  • The Empress of Austria preferred the orange scented Portugal water
  • The Queen Regent of Spain uses a specially made for her perfume of carnations.

The Leavenworth Times of 1900, revealed:

  • Queen Wilhelmina of Holland literally bathed in eau de cologne and showered with bay rum.
  • Queen Christina of Sweden favored ylang ylang and Water of Spain.
  • Queen Victoria of England still favored patchouli and lavender.
  • Empress of Russia spends 100,000 francs per year on perfumery from a single Parisian firm. Her favorite scents are: jonquil, tuberose, frangipani, orange, violet, narcissus, jasmine and ambergris.
  • The German Empress used Guerlain's sapoceti soap and enjoyed the scents of new mown hay and eau de cologne.

Washington Times, 1901:

  • Queen Wilhelmina of Holland uses eau de cologne and English soap scented with white heliotrope.
  • Empress of Russia prefers jonquil, jasmine, frangipani, violet, creme duchesse and lavender water.
  • Empress of Germany liked new mown hay
  • Empress Frederick also enjoyed eau de cologne

The Buffalo Courier, from 1903 reported the following royals scented their hair:
  • The Queen of Portugal likes Carnation Pink.
  • Queen Alexandra uses Heliotrope on her hair, which some claim is actually a wig.
  • The Dowager Queen of Spain and her daughters used a Spanish extract that is very much like rose.
  • Queen Wilhelmina also used rose toilet water to scent her hair,and her clothes are scented with roses.

The Spatula, 1903, reported the Queens' and their favorite fragrances. I have given information on which Queen was which and the perfumes and manufacturers whenever possible. All of these will be in parentheses.
  • The Queen of England (Victoria) remains constant to one perfume which is the secret of a Parisian perfumer (Francois Coty).  It is called "Coeur de Jeanette" and costs about thirty dollars a pint which is not expensive as fashionable perfumes go. 
  • The Czarina at present (Empress Alexandra) favors a special brew of Parma violets.  
  • Queen Alexandra (of Denmark) often changes her perfumes favoring among others jonquil and jasmine extracts. 
  • The German Empress (Augusta Victoria) prefers new mown hay.
  • Queen of Holland (Wilhelmina) dislikes scents with the exception of eau de cologne.

Marshall County News, 1904:

  • Princess Marie of Romania prefers rose, jasmine and white heliotrope
  • Queen of Spain prefers ylang ylang and rose
  • Queen Alexandra loves Ess. Bouquet
  • Queen Wilhelmina prefers eau de cologne

The Pittsburgh Press, 1904, also reported the Queens' and their favorite fragrances.
  • Queen Alexandra (of Denmark) prefers violet and lily of the valley.
  • Queen Wilhelmina (of Holland) prefers heliotrope and eau de cologne.
  • German Empress (Augusta Victoria) prefers the scent of new mown hay.
  • The Dowager Queen of Italy (Margherita) prefers Italian made perfumes.
  • Czarina (Empress Alexandra) prefers violets, hyacinth, gardenia, jonquil and jasmine.

Pall Mall Magazine - Volume 41, 1908:

  • Princess of Wales prefers White Rose
  • Queen Alexandra (of Denmark) prefers sweet pea
  • Queen Victoria of England preferred Mitcham's Lavender
  • Madame Patti (Opera diva) preferred Mitcham's Lavender
  • Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll prefers a blend made for her known as Imperalia.

Notions and Fancy Goods,  1908:
  • Queen Victoria of Spain prefers a mixture of iris and lavender
  • Queen Helena of Italy prefers iris and heliotrope
  • Queen Alexandra of Russia prefers violet
  • The Dowager Queen of Italy (Margherita) prefers sweet violet
  • Queen Amelia of Portugal prefers sweet violet
  • Queen Wilhelmina of Holland prefers eau de cologne

Pittsburgh Daily Post, 1908:
  • Queen Wilhelmina of Holland uses rose.
  • Queen Amelie of Portugal enjoys lilac, rose, lily of the valley, lotus and others.
  • Queen Alexandra prefers rose, violet, heliotrope
  • Crown Princess of Romania (Marie) favored roses.
  • Queen Maud of Norway, enjoyed heliotrope, violet, and mignonette
  • Queen of Spain loves carnation

The Scrap Book, Volume 9, 1910:

  • Queen Alexandra of Russia prefers Ess Bouquet (by Bayley) and Parma violet
  • Queen Wilhelmina of Holland prefers eau de cologne
  • Queen Victoria of Spain prefers eau de cologne
  • The Dowager Queen of Italy (Margherita) prefers Parma violet.

The Resurrection of the Romanovs: Anastasia, 2010:

  • "Anastasia could purchase any gifts or personal items, including her favorite Coty perfume, Violette."

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