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 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.



The Pittsburgh Press, 1904, also 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.
  • 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 prefers sweet pea
  • Queen Victoria  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


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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