In 2007, an artifact exhibition took place about the Titanic at the Ontario Science Center which showcased a salvaged commercial sample of perfume once carried by Adolphe Saalfeld, a perfume-maker from Manchester in search of business opportunities in the New World...
Luckily for him, he escaped the floundering unscathed.
The scent has now been reconstituted to be finally experienced across the pond 100 years later on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.
Drama galore on the horizon
Not directly related yet equally part of the Zeitgeist is the four-part mini TV series Titanic written by the popular author of Downton Abbey, Jullian Fellowes, which will debut on April 15, 2012 to commemorate the centenary.
"Inspired by actual essences recovered from the wreck of the Titanic, Legacy 1912 eau de parfum surrounds you with the fragrance of delicate lemon and nerolis, alongside blushing rose and warm, sheer amber. A testament to the enduring nature of history, this scent also honors the legacy of British perfume maker Aldophe Saalfeld, who had to leave his precious case of perfume vials behind when he fled the ship."
"Legacy 1912 is based upon the perfume oils developed by German-born chemist Adolphe Saalfeld. He was traveling on the Titanic to New York in hopes of developing a new line of scents. He survived the sinking, but his samples were lost. Found 2-1/2 miles beneath the ocean's surface, many samples amazingly still contained their oils."
Price: $69. Available at QVC