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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Prince Albert's Bouquet c1840

Prince Albert's Bouquet: created by Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain in 1840, may have been created for the Queen's marriage to Prince Albert, the counterpart fragrance for women is Bouquet de Victoria.

Fragrance Composition:

So what does it smell like? It is an aromatic floral amber fragrance for men and women. I have compiled the ingredients from various recipes of the era to make the pyramid below.

  • Top notes: neroli, citron, bergamot, orange, cassie, angelica
  • Middle notes: cloves, rosemary, cardamom, jasmine, tuberose, rose
  • Base notes: clary sage, ambergris, musk, balsam of Peru, tonka

This fragrance was also manufactured by John Gosnell & Company as well as other companies such as Robert Best Ede. "Court" perfumes were very popular during this time, as perfume companies created fragrances to commemorate special events, hoping to receive royal warrants for their products. Other fragrances were Victoria Bouquet, Adelaide Bouquet, Prince of Wales's Bouquet, Princess of Wales's Bouquet, etc. 

Many of these fragrances recipes were included in numerous publications for the druggist and perfumer, most of them are pretty much the same in composition, though one recipe might include a different ingredient or exclude one for another, etc.

A recipe from 1892:

Extrait Bouquet Prince Albert:
  • Jasmine extract, 150 drachms 
  • Tuberose, 50 drachms
  • Orange, 50 drachms
  • Cassie, 50 drachms
  • Rose, 25 drachms
  • Neroli oil, 2 drachms
  • Bergamot oil, 4 drachms
  • Musk tincture, 2 drachms
  • Tonka bean extract, 4 drachms
  • Angelica tincture, 10 drachms
  • Ambergris tincture, 2 drachms

Here's a recipe from 1847:

Prince Albert's Own Perfume: 


  • Ambergris, half an ounce 
  • musk, three drachms 
  • lump sugar, two drachms 
Grind these together in a Wedgwood ware mortar. Then add: 
  • oil of cloves, ten drops  
  • true balsam of Peru, twenty drops 
  • and of essence of jasmine or tuberose a sufficient quantity to convert it into a perfectly smooth paste.

Then put it into a strong bottle with rectified spirits of wine one quart. Observe before adding the whole of the last to rinse the mortar out well with it that nothing may be lost. Lastly digest for six or eight weeks. The result will be a remarkably fine product. A very small quantity added to lavender water, eau de cologne, tooth powder, wash balls, or a hogshead of claret, communicates a delicious fragrance. 


Presented in the ‘Carré’ styled bottle.

Fate of the Fragrance:

Most likely discontinued by 1900-1910.

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