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Belgravia is a masculine fragrance by Dukes of Pall Mall.

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United States
It is with great jubilation that I am able to review this fine fragrance. Although there were only two short lived perfumes from the Dukes of Pall Mall, namely Belgravia and the citrus-floral Cotswold. Belgravia is a middle of the road, tan in color aromatic fougere perhaps in the style of vintage Monsieur Rochas and the original 1934 Dunhill for Men. It is a shame that Dukes was so short lived. I will horde my sample villainously until perhaps one day I find a full bottle! From smelling it I conjecture that the notes might be something like this:

Bergamot, English Lavender, Orris
Jasmine,Tobacco, Beeswax, Geranium
Tonka, Cedar, Sandalwood, Musk, Patchouli, Ambergris, Vanilla, and Oakmoss

Strikingly similar to Penhaligon's new Sartorial, but done with much better ingredients and without the bothersome "effects."
13th October, 2011
Despite sporting the patina of a venerable gentlemen's establishment in the style of Trumper's or DR Harris it seems that Dukes of Pall Mall actually came into being in the early 1980s, perhaps in response to the revival of Penhaligon's and the success of Czech & Speake some years prior. What is verified by journalistic evidence is that Belgravia and Cotswold were launched as a "town and country" pair of fragrances in 1983, clearly evoking the traditional style of English perfumery. Belgravia is supposedly based on a formula from the 1860s, but it is in fact a classic and beautiful fougère with a 1980s vibe. I cannot get over how close it comes to Penhaligon's recent Sartorial - if you subtract the modern ozonic elements from the latter and imagine it done with really good raw materials. Both are orientalized fougères, featuring lavender, floral notes, patchouli, spice, moss, coumarin and most characteristically a wonderful warm heart built around beeswax in the case of Sartorial, and (I now assume) Opoponax in Belgravia. I do not actually find it particularly urban(e), but nearly romantic, though it is unquestionably sophisticated, elegant and never gets loud. In the context of the 1980's powerhouse fragrances it would perhaps indeed seem lean and clean. The quality, if perhaps not the complexity of the composition, I find to be on par with the famed Patou pour homme. That applies to Cotswold as well and perhaps it explains the reverence these rare scents enjoy amongst the small circle of Anglophile traditional shaving aficionados - deservedly so.
10th August, 2011 (last edited: 06th November, 2012)

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