Friday, August 14, 2015

Prince Henri d'Orleans

Prince Henri d'Orleans of Paris, France.

The Skin Game, 1989:
"It was designed for the Prince Pierre Henri d'Orleans who, if there was a king in France, would be "le Comte de Paris". This distinguished gentleman had decided to launch a fragrance under his own great family name, and as the d'Orleans crest bears the emblem of the fleurs-de- lys the fragrance was to be called "Lys Bleu". 'On the bottle, which was shaped like a jewel,' Pierre Dinand added sarcastically, 'were the words "designe par le Prince Pierre Henri d'Orleans." Almost a royal warrant!' The Prince however, apparently believed that the scent would be successful on snob value alone. 'I thought the whole idea was cuckoo,' Dinand remembers. 'The fragrance was launched in the year that Mitterrand and the socialist Left came to power — so the King of France image was not a good idea! It was like calling a fragrance Charles I in England.' According to Dinand, the company marketing the fragrance had to accept defeat. 'They sold "Lys Bleu" off to another company."



This company was Jean Pax, who introduced the fragrance as a limited edition in Nordstrom stores in 1984. The perfume was bottled in pure crystal with 24 kt gold leafing on the outside. This more extravagant fragrance sold for $550 for a two ounce bottle.


The fragrances of Prince Henri d'Orleans:
  • 1981 Lys Bleu
  • Royalissime


Lys Bleu: classified as a fresh fruity floral woody chypre fragrance for women. Lys Bleu was launched in 1981. Created by Francis Bocris.
  • Top notes: aldehydes, neroli, galbanum, fruity note, spicy notes, leafy green note, lemon, bergamot, blackcurrant and peach
  • Middle notes: ylang-ylang, rose, gardenia, tuberose, carnation, orris, narcissus, plum, hyacinth, jasmine, mimosa, lily of the valley, violet
  • Base notes: cedar, tonka, civet, orris, amber, sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver, labdanum, oakmoss, vanilla and musk


Royalissime: classified as an aldehydic floral fragrance for women. 
  • Top notes: aldehydes
  • Middle notes: jasmine, gardenia, freesia, lily-of-the-valley and ylang-ylang
  • Base notes:

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