Right before Christmas, I was interviewed for an article on Elle.com about fragrances worn by royalty and modern creations which include similar olfactory bouquets or notes. The journalist, Jesse Breeden, was also interested in the most precious ingredients in perfumery and their modern usage. She was rather thrilled to hear that some of the original fragrances worn by various kings, queens, and tsars were actually available on the modern market to the average person.
The main theme of the piece was how the ingredients in your daily scent had once been so rare and expensive that they’d been reserved for royalty. I explained about the use of synthetics these days, and how several things that were once extremely common in perfumery are no longer used in the same way or form due to resource scarcity, cost, animal cruelty concerns, or IFRA/EU regulations. For example, Mysore sandalwood, ambergris, or animal musks.
The piece was published recently on Elle’s website, and is called “How to Smell Like a Queen: Your Favorite Scent May Have Royal Roots.” I thought you might enjoy reading it, though not everything in the piece comes from me. (I certainly never said any of the rare or once royal scents could be found in your local Sephora!) Anyway, it was great fun, and I feel really honoured and humbled to have been asked in the first place.