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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Perfumes of the Rich & Famous: the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and the Beckhams -what do they really wear?

"More than a third of Britons believe they know whether a date is "the one" within seconds of meeting them after catching a whiff of their fragrance", as quoted in an article in the Daily Mail.

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Beyond the obvious (catching a whiff of a childhood scent like your mother's can be relaxing or that smelling something unpleasant might get you off your food for a while) the article goes into mentioning a few mega famous people's choices. If you have been following the Perfume Shrine you know that the Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge is a no brainer, and you even had info on the scent of Kate Middleton's wedding day promptly reported, but the rest is interesting.

"With input from expert master perfumer, Penny Williams, they found two high-profile celebrity relationships had strong scent compatibility ratings.
Indeed, both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and David and Victoria Beckham had scent compatibility ratings of nine out of ten.
With Prince William wearing Ralph Lauren Polo and Kate wearing Dior Dune, Penny Williams said their choices 'complement without clashing'."

Something tells me they have both moved on (Kate was reported to wear Dune as a student), scent-wise, but let's not spoil it for the Daily Mail. They carry on:

"Meanwhile, David Beckham wears his own cologne Instinct and Victoria opts for Anna Sui's Sui Dreams, Chanel No.5 and her own Intimately Beckham.
Mrs Williams, who has worked in the industry for 24 years, added: 'Her collection of scents range from everyday to spritz [sic: did she mean "glitz"?]. This suggests a multi-tasking lifestyle and fragrance used for benefits beyond the scents themselves. If he wears Instinct and she wears Sui Dreams, it's very harmonious.'"

I bet Victoria has hundreds of bottles back home, if only as gifts from all the designers she is in contact with. 

But the crucial point is: do you match your fragrance with your partner's? Please share in the comments. I find it a great idea myself, more on which on a subsequent article. 

13 comments:

  1. Yes, my dh of 45 years and I usually wear frags that complement each other and most of all don't overwhelm the other persons. I'm usually the first to apply every day and he will sniff my wrist then go to his cabinet and pick something that goes well with it.

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  2. we don't always match up, but fairly often we do---i will frequently choose something that seems to echo or complement the notes in what he has on, or if we are getting ready to go out together i will choose a scent for me and then select one for him that goes well with mine. and we share some bottles as well, so on holiday we often save space by packing a bottle of something that wears well on both of us, like "chergui", or "cedre", or "sahara noir".

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  3. Sadly, the husband doesn't wear any scent :(

    Hello E! xox

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  4. leathermountain13:40

    Usually we don't coordinate at that level. But for our cool autumn outdoor wedding I thought we were very harmonious in our Royal Oud and Hanbury. Basically, together, we made a lovely floriental. :)

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  5. YES! When it came to "mixing things up" in our La Jolla, California lab, my partner was adventurous and daring and after 2 hours ended up with an intoxicating scent he christened "Barnardo".

    I then, loving his newly created fragrance, added just one thing to his lab beaker: tobacco oil. It was just the smokey note I was looking for which I christened, "Barnardo Smoke".

    Naturally, our fragrances both complement each other and people always comment: what's that fabulous scent? Up until that point, we had never given any thought to actually wearing matching scents, but now we LOVE the fact that we both smell divine, yet ever so slightly different!

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  6. matching scents? i've been using fragrances for about 25+ years and been working in fragrance/perfume industry for 20+ and would love to know: which fragrance actually DON'T match...or even clash. What an interesting phenomena...

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  7. Miss Heliotrope08:06

    Um, gosh. The main reason Dr Heliotrope pays any attention to scents is bc I started to & thus he kindly listened & sniffed at the profferred body part (some more willingly than others). He is now known to have a play with scents when we are in a shop that has them, and on one memorable occasion bought of his own free will a bottle of Chanel's Pour Monsieur.

    Do we try to match/blend? Not really, that's pushing it in technique for us both. But we have similar tastes, and thus tend to be wearing perfumes within roughly the same grouping. There are a couple of bottles or samples that are shared property, and I have been known to wear his sometimes. I doubt we'd wear the same one at the same time though, it's like those couple in matching outfits...

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  8. No I don't Helg ..... my husband does not and will not wear after shave or scent!!! LOL

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  9. my husband, a Woodstock era kid, wears Patchouli. I let him go for it when he does. That can be strong!

    At one time he had a collection of fragrances. When we went out together at that time, we both wore 4711-- :)

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  10. leathermountain15:12

    Today she chose NR Musk for Him, for a picnic by the (still very cold) beach. I was waffling, so I went with Bruno Acampora Musc EdP. It felt like a cross between her scent and the seaweed and salt scent of our locale. We'll see how it goes!

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  11. Since I don`t have a partner I don`t have to match fragrance nor anything else :)

    Although I am looking forward to the subsequent article.

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  12. I'm reading everyone's comments with much interest, thank you for keeping them coming. What lovely ideas and Leathermountain, ingenious combo!

    Bart, excellent point; it's also why "layering" by amateurs isn't always such a catastrophe as it appears to be on first glance. (Then again, one does destroy a perfumer's and creator's vision that way…)

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  13. I'm reading everyone's comments with much interest, thank you for keeping them coming. What lovely ideas and Leathermountain, ingenious combo!

    Bart, excellent point; it's also why "layering" by amateurs isn't always such a catastrophe as it appears to be on first glance. (Then again, one does destroy a perfumer's and creator's vision that way…)

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