J'adore This Historical Perfume
Happy Bastille Day! In honor of the French holiday, we're throwing a little bit of (legitimately cool) beauty history your way.
The first queen who ruled after the French Revolution (when Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were, um, removed from the throne), Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, was a perfume junkie. In fact, she loved scents so much that she commissioned a jasmine-, sandalwood-, Bulgarian Rose-, and vanilla-infused fragrance from her favorite perfumer, the House of Creed.
Eugenie ended up getting so hooked on the perfume that she requested that the London-based Creed business move to Paris in 1852. And they did. (We wonder what the post-revolution policy on relocation costs was?)
So, in part thanks to this olfactor-a-phile monarch and her royal nose, this Parisian perfumery has had noted success to this day. History- (and perfume-) fans looking to sample Jasmine Imperatrice Eugenie can stop by the NYC Creed boutique today to get a whiff of what it smelled like to be a queen in the 19th century.