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    Default Grossmith Fragrances

    From luckyscent.com:

    Grossmith: Since 1835
    Grossmith is one of England’s oldest perfume houses having been founded in London in 1835 by John Grossmith. Grossmith had a reputation for producing beautiful perfumes using natural ingredients imported from Grasse. The business was family run for three generations until 1924. Having been out of family ownership for 30 years, Grossmith is now owned by Simon Brooke, the great great grandson of the founder, John Grossmith.

    The Revival of Grossmith
    Grossmith brought in Robertet, the Grasse based fragrance house specialising in natural materials, to reproduce three classic fragrances: Hasu-No-Hana (1888), Phul-Nana (1891) and Shem-el-Nessim (1906) using the original formulae without reference to cost and keeping naturals wherever possible.

    Roja Dove, the world’s leading fragrance authority and only Professeur des Parfums has described the remastered versions of these fragrances as being truly classic English perfumes, comparable to the greats of French perfumery of the time produced by Guerlain and Houbigant.

    We welcome you to take a step back in time and discover the quality, elegance and wonderful complexity that has been the hallmark of Grossmith since 1835. A Luckyscent exclusive.

    Hasu-No-Hana Notes
    Bergamot, bitter orange, rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, iris, patchouli, oakmoss, vetiver, cedar, sandalwood and tonka bean

    Phul-Nana Notes
    Bergamot, orange, neroli, geranium, tuberose, ylang ylang, patchouli, benzoin, cedar, sandalwood, opoponax, tonka bean and vanilla

    Shem-el-Nessim Notes
    Bergamot, neroli, geranium, jasmine, rose, ylang ylang, orris, musk, patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, heliotrope and vanilla

    http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/categ...aign=Grossmith
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    Available in the UK from Les Senteurs IIRC.

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    And I never heard of them until today!

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    Default Grossmith scents now in the U.S.

    No longer buying from Les Scenteurs for the Americans, as Lucky Scent now carry the line!

    They surely are luxe, and I want to try them, but a certain Guerlain release is ahead in place.

    BTW, can a historian here shed light on Grossmith's true history and its resurrection? (The site mentions Creed as an "old" perfume company.)

    http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/categ...Grossmith.html
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    I would love to try these at some point. Very pricey and a must-try before a buy.

    Are these unisex scents? Many 19th century scents were unisex, as the concept of a gender-specific perfume is really a late 19th century concept.
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Primrose View Post
    I would love to try these at some point. Very pricey and a must-try before a buy.

    Are these unisex scents? Many 19th century scents were unisex, as the concept of a gender-specific perfume is really a late 19th century concept.
    Luckyscent has given them strong feminine labels on their scale (I checked two of them). At any rate, they would be interesting to assess regardless. Somehow I find the names to sound "cute".

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    If I remember correctly, NEoTY26 tried the Shem-el-Nessim - perhaps he'll see this thread and post his comments on it.

    These sound so out of my price range.

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    I find the Hasu-no-Hana a bit condescending and a cashing in on the craze for Japanese-y things in the 1880s in England.

    The operetta "The Mikado" by Gilbert and Sullivan was a result of this craze--appropriating imagery without cultural understanding. (The Harajuku Lovers line is like this in spirit.) Come on...a Japanese man named "Nanki-poo"--where did they get those names??

    That aside, this is in the true spirit of the 1880s--regarding the exotic as a novelty as the earlier Romantic artists regarded the harems of the Middle East in their paintings.

    I would be interested in trying these.

    http://www.racialicious.com/2006/11/...racist-not-me/
    "No sweet perfume ever tortured me more than this." Desert Rose by Sting and Cheb Mami, Album 1999.

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    http://www.grossmithlondon.com/

    I purchased a sample of all 3 quite a while ago from Les Senteurs. I didn't like any on myself, but I did get these for my girlfriend and mother to try anyway. Shem-el-Nessim came out the favourite for both and I've now got two bottles in hiding for Christmas pressies lol

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    Generally speaking, the scents well worth trying. I'll be posting detailed reviews on my blog soon, together with a giveaway of a sample set of all three.
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    For giveaways, reviews of new perfume releases and thoughts on all sorts of scent-related matters, please visit Persolaise.com or find me on Twitter or Facebook.

    Many thanks.

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