Queen receives new perfume 'Adamas' from Royal Society of Chemists

by Lila Das Gupta, 23rd November, 2012

The Royal Society of Chemists (RSC) has presented The Queen with a specially commissioned perfume called 'Adamas' as a Christmas gift for the end of her Diamond Jubilee Year. The word 'adamas' means diamond in Greek. The fragrance, created by the British firm CPL Aromas, based in Hertfordshire , is intended for the Queen's nose only, never to be made available outside the royal household.

The bottle was hand-made at a small workshop in Pateley Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales by Andrew Sanders and David Wallace. The glassmakers specialise in perfume bottles and have been glass-blowing them for around 35 years. Presented alongside the empty bottle were three screw-top, custom-made test tubes bearing the RSC name, which were filled with the juice.

Bottles from the workshop usually retail at £30-£70

The glass used was recycled, 24% lead, Dartington crystal with red, gold and pink coloured powdered glass introduced into it.

Brian Emsley, a spokesperson based at the RSC 's headquarters in Burlington House, Piccadilly said:

"The Queen is our patron, so we wanted to think of some way to give her a gift which is related to chemistry. There aren’t many things which are to do with chemistry that can be easily made. There were no other options considered, but chemistry sets are making a come back at the moment!" he quipped.

Regarding the brief given to CPL Aromas, Mr Emsley said: "The brief was quite loose really. We thought we’d have something peachy in it – and the bottle is peachy and rotund too. We said we wanted something suitable for a queen and that was it. They came up with a range of three and then we selected one. I would like to say CPL was great to work with - they were very discreet."

Perfumer Angela Stavrevska found the brief a difficult one: "The Queen is such a well known person, but nobody really knows much about her... It was my idea to try to incorporate ingredients from the Commonwealth into the formula. We took inspiration from perfumes that were around at the time of the Coronation in 1952, thinkgs like Vent Vert and Fracas. I was trying combine those ideas with what would be suitable now, with a modern twist....

"There are 134 ingredients in the forumla. It's a bit fruity, green, with white florals in the heart and a touch of chypre in the base. About 5% are naturals, they include: jasmine, tuberose, sandalwood, tonka bean, olibanum, nutmeg, black pepper, pink pepper, cedar wood, ylang."

When asked if the Queen's formula contained the ubiquitous Iso E Super, Ms Stavrevska confirmed that there was some in the formula: "I think most fragrances have nowadays! It's unlikely that we'll hear back whether she likes it, but if she

wanted some more we could definitely make a repeat."

The official description of the perfume is given below:

The green opening of the fragrance is sweetened by modern notes of pear and peach whilst a dew drop accord adds freshness and Canadian Cedar Leaf oil adds a warm edge.

The blooming bouquet at the heart of the fragrance combines the freshness of lily-of-the-valley with classic touches of rose, Indian Jasmine oil and heady, exotic Indian Tuberose oil.

Warmth at the heart is provided by a subtle spice accord of Indian Black Pepper, Jamaican Pimento Leaf and Sri Lankan Cinnamon Leaf oils whilst the enveloping base combines sweet amber, Australian Sandalwood oil and tonka bean with clean vetiver, musks and patchouli.

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