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    Default The elusive Belgravia...found!

    In a recent thread on impossible-to-find perfumes I listed Dukes of Pall Mall Belgravia. You may recall that even the mysterious and well-connected naed_nitram, making a rare appearance on the forum to voice his appreciation of Dukes of Pall Mall Cotswold, noted he had never seen a bottle of this mythical stuff.

    Well, apparently Fortuna saw me helping an old lady across the street, or something, for out of the blue a bottle of Belgravia EdC appeared on ebay.uk and I bought it. It's on the way to me now bythe kind interlocution of hirch_duckfinder and I am one excited perfumista. Details will follow!
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    Default Re: The elusive Belgravia...found!

    That is fantastic! Congratulations on the only good news I've heard today.

    You MUST report back after you've tried it. I recall you mentioning this in a few threads.
    I had never heard of it until you're mention. I hope it lives up to expectations.

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    Default Re: The elusive Belgravia...found!

    Indeed!
    Tom, Id also love to see a photo of the bottle too

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    Default Re: The elusive Belgravia...found!

    Congrats!

    I'm interested to hear why you want this scent so bad t_gL - what have you heard about it?

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    Default Re: The elusive Belgravia...found!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Congrats!

    I'm interested to hear why you want this scent so bad t_gL - what have you heard about it?
    If you haven't already noticed - I have a manic fixation on Dukes of Pall Mall I came across Cotswold Aftershave accidentally at an online discounter and having always had a weakness for the old-fashioned English gentleman spiel (hey, where else can you wear hand tailored suits and take high tea while being a dedicated socialist and having really smutty sex ) and it really floored me. Luca Turin would die of boredom, but I was entranced with this citrus-floral thing and I became obsessed about finding the EdC version, which I ultimately did, and which was indeed even better (thank you ebay.uk!!!). So when I discovered there was another scent from this long-perished house - Cotswold being the "weekend at the country cottage" scent, Belgravia the "urban cosmopolitan" one, well, I had to have it. Kicked myself for having missed an auction of Belgravia AS and had given up hope. Now, the bottle I acquired is from the late period of the house when a guy in Middlesex bought the license. The Cotswold from that era was actually quite different from the original, but I'm hoping the best for Belgravia. I should be getting it today or tomorrow.
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    Default Re: The elusive Belgravia...found!

    So, it has arrived. And what is it like?

    Very trad. Whereas Cotswold is a fresh citrus-floral, this is a dry chypre: peppery, soapy-clove, smoky-spicy-mossy, with a touch of floral hidden somewhere way back, perhaps, but absolutely no sweetness. It reminds me somewhat of Trumper's Eucris (minus the fruit), which I actually did not like upon first spray, but revisited recently with much better impressions. I'd like to get the aftershave of this as well (oh will he never have enough )-. No, actually I am really happy to have this among by beloved bottles. I'll wear it side to side with Eucris and explore it some more in the next couple of days.
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    Default Re: The elusive Belgravia...found!

    Are we talking about Cotswold, as in the perfumer behind No. 88 by Czech & Speake, Cotswold??
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    Default Re: The elusive Belgravia...found!

    Very cool.
    I would have never guessed the profile at all. I still consider Eucris pretty cutting edge, especially for a British house.
    Do you find yourself getting the longevity of Eucris? That would equal surprise #2!

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    Default Re: The elusive Belgravia...found!

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Are we talking about Cotswold, as in the perfumer behind No. 88 by Czech & Speake, Cotswold??
    I doubt DoPM Cotswold has anything to do with John Stephen's Cotswold Perfumery. The Cotswolds is a region west of Oxford known for its particular "Englishness" and synonymously used with country (gentry) life - that makes it a popular name for products wishing to evoke that association.
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    I have an empty bottle of this product and have tried over the years to purchase another, but to no avail. I saved the bottle, which I purchased in London back in 1985, to use as a reference in replacing it. Since I couldn't find it in the shops on either side of the pond, I searched for it on the internet and found this site.

    The scent was unique and pleasant, which is why I continue to search for it. I assume that it is no longer manufactured.

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    Default Re: The elusive Belgravia...found!

    Since I can no longer find Dukes of Pall Mall Belgravia, I use Czech & Speake No 88, which is wonderful but different. If anyone knows if Belgravia is still produced, please inform. Thanks!

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