Lubin have released a new perfume reportedly recreating the essence of a fragrance carried by Queen Marie-Antoinette at all time in a black jade flask which was salvaged by one of the Queen's confidantes. It has now been baptized Black Jade. The original formula is by court perfumer Jean-Louis Fargeon; it was, we are told, preciously kept by his then apprentice Pierre Lubin under the name "Jardin secret" (Secret Garden)...
Like other perfumes which have attempted to recapture the perfume of Marie-Antoinette, it is today inspired by the garden of Le Petit Trianon. Black Jade seems to put the emphasis on roses while M.A. Sillage de la Reine by Francis Kurkdjian for Le Château de Versailles had a marked orange blossom slant and La Haie Fleurie du Hameau by Jean-Claude Ellena for L'Artisan Parfumeur is a jasmine ode. Tubéreuse 40 was inspired by both Marie-Antoinette and actress Kirsten Dunst who wore it to play the role of the Queen in Sofia Coppola's biopic.
Notes for Black Jade are: Galbanum, bergamot, cardamom, rose, jasmine, incense, cinnamon, Indian sandalwood, patchouli, vanilla, tonka bean, amber.
Prices: $160 for 100ml and $130 for 50ml of eau de parfum.
Los Angeles-based store Luckyscent.com is hosting a Bastille Day party to launch the fragrance today, which will run until the 17th of July 2011.