Scented secrets and techniques of the Coronation (& fragrances match for royalty)

Might we admit to being reasonably obsessive about the concept of what the official anointing oil for the Coronation smells like?

Okay, effectively we all know we’re amongst aromatic associates, so we’re not alone. and right here we’ll be exploring the scents of the Coronation, each historic and newly impressed…

A couple of years in the past, an enchanting BBC documentary (sadly now not accessible to view on-line) delved behind-the-scenes of the late Queen’s Coronation on June 2, 1953; and it held a scented secret for sharp-eyed perfume followers… Whereas discussing the traditional rituals of the act of anointing the monarch, our eyes have been drawn to the oil itself – reasonably incongruously stored nestled in a battered outdated field and bottle of Guerlain‘s Mitsouko!





We’d undoubtedly take into account being baptised in Mitsouko, however it turned out it was simply the bottle and field. Oh effectively. Regardless of, for the story of the oil’s recipe was reasonably deliciously revealed…

The oil was constituted of a secret combination in sesame and olive oil, containing ambergris, civet, orange flowers, roses, jasmine, cinnamon, musk and benzoin– truly sounding reasonably Ambrée in its composition – and should absolutely have smelled wonderful.





The anointing ritual is often hidden from view – a non-public second for the monarch to mirror on their duties and the importance of being touched by that oil – and so a cover is held by 4 Knights of the Garter to defend our gaze. This time, although, whereas King Charles is anointed beneath the cover; Queen Consort, Camilla, shall be anointed in full public view. Both manner, fairly a scent reminiscence.

In actual fact, the phial containing the unique oil had been destroyed in a bombing raid on the Deanery in Might 1941. The agency of chemists who’d combined the final recognized anointing oil had gone bust, so a brand new firm, Savory and Moore Ltd, was requested by the Surgeon-Apothecary to combine a brand new provide, based mostly on the traditional recipe, for the late Queen’s Coronation.

We’d fairly like them to whip up a batch for us, too.



In the course of the ritual, the extremely scented oil is poured from Charles II’s Ampulla (the eagle-shaped vessel proven above) right into a Twelfth-century spoon. Amidst the pomp and pageantry of all of it, our minds maintain returning to the mysteries of the anointing oil, and whom that bottle and raggedy field as soon as belonged. Whomever they have been, we congratulate them on their style!

In the meantime, our minds (and noses) flip to more moderen royal evocations in aromatic type. Which of those 5 may you select to put on for an event (or just to really feel further particular any day you fancy)…?



Penhaligon’s Highgrove

Composed in shut collaboration with King Charles, it is a extremely private tackle the scent of a beloved silver lime tree in his backyard. Utilizing headspace expertise to seize the scent of that precise tree (reasonably than trying to recreate it), the softly cocooning blossoms glide on a shiny, citrus breeze with mimosa and cedar. Refreshing at any time, we really feel.

£160 for 100ml eau de parfum




Experimental Fragrance Membership Scent Like a King

A superb mixing of heritage and modernity, suppose wooden-panelled rooms and freshly rolled cigars glinting with a verdant freshness that radiates herbaceous greenery and mellowed with a husky muskiness that exudes a brand new confidence. Simple to put on but stylishly characterful, this might be a signature scent. Hurry, although – it’s a restricted version: so we are saying, top off.

From £35 for 8ml eau de parfum



Clive Christian City & Nation (Crown Assortment)

Fascinatingly, this was initially created in 1925 and worn by Winston Churchill; now recreated for a contemporary period, this timeless scent is superbly composed, with a softness belying the bubbling opening. Velvety clary sage leaves cloak a magnificently clean gray amber, seamlessly melded with a superbly grounded sandalwood. Effortlessly partaking.

£400 for 50ml parfum




Angela Flanders Platinum Rose

The very image of perfumed class, this crisply pleasing rose rests on a dew-flecked, leafy base and was initially crafted for the event of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. When a breath of recent air is required, together with an assuredness that by no means fails, that is one to deliver inside power and looks like floating on a tenderly blushed breeze.

£85 for 50ml eau de parfum





Dolce & Gabbana Q

Lovers of contemporary regally-inspired scents ought to do that, resplendent with luscious cherry enrobed in creamy heliotrope. Add the aromatic fizz of frothy citrus, the fragile luminescence of jasmine petals and a glimmer of crystal musk amidst the assuredly dry cedarwood base because it warms, and you’ve got a scent match for any event you must really feel accountable for.

From £61 for 30ml eau de parfum



Written by Suzy Nightingale