A Washington Post Article About M.A. Sillage de la Reine {Fragrant Reading} {Fragrance News}



The Washington Post has published an article about the details of the creation or rather re-creation of M.A. Sillage de la Reine (please see my review of the fragrance), the perfume of Marie Antoinette, by Francis Kukrdjian, an enterprise conducted together with historian Elisabeth de Feydeau:

"When Francis Kurkdjian, one of France's premier perfumers, set out to re-create a fragrance of Marie Antoinette, his greatest fear was that it would stink.

After all, he reasoned, the 21st-century nose might have little tolerance for the potent potions that the famous queen and her royal court used to mask the smells of their opulent but odiferous 18th-century environs at the Chateau de Versailles.....

I just wanted to point out that although the article lays stress on the idea that Marie Antoinette wore heavy perfumes, she is also often credited for introducing a fashion for light or perhaps, if we were to be cautious, lighter floral perfumes given the cultural context of that time. Also, Marie Antoinette did not introduce bathrooms at Versailles. Louis XIV had already one built in 1665 although he preferred to use cologne rather than water to clean himself.  

Traces of Marie Antoinette, Caught in a Phial of Perfume 

Photo: Jean-Marc Manai 

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  1. Thank you for this entry!! Though it is HIGHLY unlikely I'll ever get to partake of this lovely creation, it is fascinating and satisfying to know what the notes of Queen Marie's personal scents were!!

    Renee Wall
    • Renee,

      It would be wonderful if the perfume were available in smaller sizes but one of the main goals for it is to use it for a fundraiser so unless they start thinking more in terms of culture and wanting to share the (recreated) history of it, it's going to remain at a high price point. The other solution would be to organize a group of Marie-Antoinette fans and decide to pool in the money and share, with the highest "bidder" getting to keep the bottle which is very handsome. It looks better in person.

      I'm not sure you saw my review. Here it is: http://www.mimifroufrou.com/scentedsalamander/2007/01/ma_sillage_de_la_reine_perfume.html

      Chant Wagner
  2. Yes, I read your beautiful review. Sometimes, just reading about such lovely creations is a delight in itself!

    Renee Wall
    • Renee,

      Thank you very much for your kind words. I have to say that I am with you on this phenomenon as an early, rather intense experience of reading about perfume in literature explains to me in part how I morphed into a perfume blogger.

      Chant Wagner

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