Sandringham by Crown Perfumery (1873)

  1. odysseusm
    Top Notes: Lavender, Citrus, Neroli
    Heart Notes: "Muguet Oil" (lily of the valley)
    Base notes: Moss, Sweet Woody Notes

    Hmmm, wore this today after not having worn it for a long time. It certainly is a heritage scent. I fear that it has declined, although I store it carefully.
    No top or mid notes. Just a very prominent oak moss note. Dusky, smoky, herbal. Could be beautiful but can also be rather tiresome and brackish.
    A very brown scent, not green.
  2. odysseusm
    Well, for the sake of completeness I will continue my Crown Perfumery run. Tomorrow!
    The Perfume Handbook states the following about Lily of the Valley. "In early days LOV fragrance was obtained by infusing the flowers in olive oil or sweet almond oil (the process of enfleurage). In modern perfumery the scent is extracted by volatile solvents as a Concrete or Absolute and no essential oil is distilled. It is usually sold with a synthetic (Hydroxy citronellal) which almost duplicates the fragrance."
  3. odysseusm
    This has an interesting, dusky scent. Rather like mastic. It is the oak moss: salty, minty. I fear that all of the top and heart notes have vanished into the mists of time. What remains are the base notes, which are indeed mossy and of sweet wood. The juice is a rather amber colour. A pity that the top notes have vanished -- I love lily of the valley and would have been interested to see how it was done here. Well, I have a source of old-school moss if I need it... perhaps could layer...
  4. MonkeyBars
    Would love to try the original of this. I found the remake (Angel Perfumery was it?) very heavy on a classic 60s-70s resinous synthetic whose molecule name escapes me. (It's a rather brown, fibrous note present in many classics of that era such as Halston Z-14 etc. etc.)
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