As I mentioned on Monday, I only fell under the spell of the Royal wedding hysteria on the day itself. I watched and I was smitten, instantly I reverted back to the little girl I once was, who spent years pretending to be a princess (either Lady Diana or Grace of Monaco, although sometimes I had to be the Empress Sisi of Austria, one has obligations after all) and dedicatedly practicing the royal wave to my people in front of the mirror.
Since Kate Middleton’s, sorry, the Duchess of Cambridge’s actual wedding scent was a bit hard to come by instantly, I used the downtime to branch out into wedding scents in general and happened upon something more easily obtainable and a lot more royal too – Floris Wedding Bouquet.
Floris is a venerated British perfume house that has not crossed my field of interest before, truth be told. It always struck me as rather traditional, conservative and a little unadventurous. That is still my opinion. But that is exactly the appeal of Wedding Bouquet. I was on the lookout for something classy, old-fashioned almost, a little quaint and understatedly elegant. Wedding Bouquet is all those things.
“Created exclusively to celebrate the marriage of Prince William to Miss Catherine Middleton, Wedding Bouquet draws inspiration from the most acclaimed Floris wedding fragrances of the past whilst introducing a modern twist using a white flower theme. Jasmine to signify eternal love –Lily of the Valley says ‘you have made my life complete’ – Orange Blossom conveys innocence and marriage – Stephanotis signifies happiness in marriage.”
-from the Floris website
Wedding Bouquet starts with a lovely lilly of the valley note enhanced by citrus, but soon calms into a very soft white floral accord that is as far from heady and cloying as I am from being the Kaiserin. Wedding Bouquet is very quiet, soft, refined, demure almost and keeps close to me, but it is very charming. It dries down into a warm and creamy sandalwood and musk base that may not be the world’s most imaginative accord, but it smells elegant and sophisticated. It is a more grown-up version of Illuminum White Gardenia Petals.
I am very taken with this little perfume, it is absolutely appropriate for daily wear, but festive enough for a real wedding. I would have worn this on my own wedding day, had I known it then (it is husband-approved too!). I am certainly going wear it in two weeks time, when I attend the wedding of a friend.