This morning, one of the newspapers that's handed out every morning to commuters in the Parisian Métro, Direct Matin, highlighted the four upcoming days of festivities of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations with four main tempi. It immediately occurred to us that for each time a specific perfume was warranted and what is more, that perfume imposed itself naturally. It's like playing "perfume cross-words" really.
So, for a little bit of glee here is what we advise you to wear from June 2 to June 5, 2012.
Day 1: on Saturday, Her Majesty the Queen will be attending the Epsom Derby in the South of London where she will be able to watch some of her thoroughbreds compete.
There is no doubt about it, Dzing! by L'Artisan Parfumeur will ensure you are recreating the sights and sounds of a beautifully animalic atmosphere.
If you feel reckless and enjoy the smell of steamy horses and manure but dare not usually admit it in public, there is the British perfume for closet horse loversL'Air de Rien by Miller Harris.
These two scents will ensure your pose as a person of the country lost in the city will be perfected...
Day 2: on Sunday, Brits are invited to gather for collective neighborhood picnics, an event called The Big Jubilee Lunch. Then, the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant will take place with the participation of up to a thousand ships, it's been announced, one on which the royal family will be. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will be in the Royal Barge at the center of the flotilla.
The perfect perfume for the occasion is of course Womanity by Thierry Mugler including its newest and lightest incarnation Womanity Eau pour Elles. This eccentric gourmand scent will take you from checkered picnic tablecloth to watery games like no other fragrances can, plus it features a festive and luxurious accord of caviar which will honor the pomp and circumstances of the day. Waft of milky green fig, smell like you could be taken a bite of, and then leave a sillage evoking the sea breeze blowing from afar on the Thames.
You cannot help but dream of what effect that would have if 10 000 people all wore the same perfume in unison as one gigantic olfactory homage to their sovereign. If that were the case, it could be By George! to recreate the scents of the United-Kingdom in human stereophony. But because it is not available to the public, it could be instead the symbolic scent of a humongous English rose: Stella by Stella McCartney, of course.
Floris being the perfume house of choice of the Queen, anything by that house will be bon ton. Why not choose Night Scented Jasmine which offers the impression recorded a few years ago of feeling like a "wedding guest scent"?
Day 4: on Tuesday, there will be mass at St Paul's cathedral with 700 persons on the guest list, then the crossing of London in a carriage and finally Elizabeth II will waive to the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham palace while watching Flypast. There will also be Feu de Joie.
A churchy incense perfume is warranted to heighten the sense of the sacred and remember the religious meaning of the mission entrusted to the God-anointed Queen. Avignon by Comme des Garçons captures the religious volutes escaping from a thurible particularly well.
For the rest of the day, Jo Malone Iris and Lady Moore Cologne from the London Blooms collection, with its refined foresty note can work as an elegant outdoorsy perfume. Plus it is slightly spicy and the Queen's favorite floral is said to be carnation.