Betrothal (1895)
    by Grossmith




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    Betrothal Fragrance notes

    Citrus notes, Rose de Mai, Jasmine from Grasse

    Betrothal information

    Relaunched in 2011 to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton in 2011. The original Betrothal was created in 1893 to celebrate another Royal engagement and wedding.

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    This is precisely the sort of perfume for which the word 'lovely' was invented. With its central accord of a powdery, translucent rose - bolstered by a generous dose of geranium and a base of understated woods - it instantly triggers a domino chain-reaction of thoughts and words associated with springtime: sunshine, warmth, new beginnings, open smiles... they're all in there. But what also comes across is a sense of over-familiarity. The uplifting citrus of the opening recalls No 5 Eau Premiere. The wide-eyed freshness of the heart veers into the territory of Géranium Pour Monsieur. The breathy sweetness of the whole feels like a nod to Habit Rouge. Of course, there's nothing intrinsically wrong with this: perfumes make reference to other perfumes all the time. However, great fragrances also need to have a strong sense of their own distinct identity. Betrothal is charming, cheerful and - here's that word again - quite lovely. But I just wonder if it's striking enough to be re-released into today's oversaturated market.

    [Review based on 2011 re-issue.]

    11th November, 2011

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