Today is Sweden's National Day, so we're celebrating by choosing fragrances for some of Sweden's most popular exports.
So, Greta Garbo gets Guerlain’s Eau de Fleurs de Cedrat – light, clear and on the masculine side.
HOWEVER, the rumours of her affair with Marlene Dietrich persist and as such I imagine there could have been traces of something else lingering on her person. As a young woman Marlene favoured a violet fragrance, before moving on to Estee Lauder’s Youth Dew as she grew older.
So we need something opulent and fun with a dark side. Luckily, Penhaligon’s have just released EXACTLY THAT. Tralala begins all soft violets and bright aldehydes, and maintains it’s brilliantly colourful softness pretty much throughout, but that leather… that incense… there’s something sinister lurking underneath.
BONUS ABBA GIF:
Dolph needs something exaggeratedly masculine, but at the same time refined. I’m going for Tom Ford’s Italian Cypress, or perhaps Kouros from Yves Saint Laurent. Both are almost absurdly masculine, in the traditional sense, but carry something a bit weightier hidden beneath the rugged exterior.
I’m basing my decision here based entirely on the fact the euro-reggae feel of AoB’s songs. Close you’re eyes while listening to them and you could be on a distant, tropical shore. A tropical shore, surrounded by Swedish people.
Coccobello from Heeley, it is. While certainly a tropical fragrance, with coconut and palm leaves, this scent is definitely grounded in Europe. Figs, gardenia and a pinch of sea salt to stop it becoming too sweet.
But, I suppose I am here to scent the idea of Lisbeth, and therefore I’m choosing Rossy de Palma Eau de Protection from Etat Libre d’Orange. Beautiful, but with a sharp, slightly uncanny edge to it. This is also a fragrance that a friend of mine swears by, claiming that “You cannot have a bad day in Rossy de Palma.” And I want Lisbeth to have good days, so there you go.
Mainly included because I wanted to use the gif. I will leave this up to you lot to decide. What fragrance would match Swedish Chef?