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Nose-to-Nose – History lessons with Gwen and Kay - April 1, 2015


Image - Wikipedia - Taj Mahal at dusk - Acred99, 04-2004

Kay:            What’s wrong, Gwen? You look a little sad.

Gwen:        No, not sad. Just burnt out a little from working too hard.

 Kay:            OK, then! You need a change of mental scenery. Time for some fun. Let’s play a history game…

 Gwen:        Will it hurt? Do I have to think?

 Kay:            All you have to do is relax, let your mind go free…see if you know the answers to these questions.

 Gwen:        OK, hit me. What’s the first question?

 Kay:            What perfume was named after the wife of an Indian prince, who loved her so much he built a world-famous palace for her?

 Gwen:        That’s easy. The gorgeous classic Oriental, Shalimar by Guerlain, launched in 1921. I’ll forever love that rich ambery scent!

 Kay:            You get 100 bonus points for mentioning the date as well as the perfume! Next, name the famous French nobleman who was the creative inspiration for 1740 by Histoires de Parfums.

 Gwen:        Mais oui! C’est le Marquis de Sade. It’s definitely a fascinating frag with a delicious dark side.

 Kay:            Correct. Question #3 – Annick Goutal named three of her fragrances after a Roman Emperor. What was his name? And name the three fragrances.

 Gwen:        The guy was Hadrian, and the fragrances are Eau de Hadrien EdP 2007, Eau d'Hadrien Cologne, and Les Nuits d’Hadrien. They are among my favourite citrus scents – they remind me of the air in the Italian countryside.

 Kay:            Three for three. Let’s keep going. Name the Mongolian conquerer who inspired Serge Lutens sexy skin scent…

 Gwen:        Koubla Khan. And his musks. Muscs Koublaï Khän  is the name of the perfume. Now that’s a skin scent.

 Kay:            Great. Last question. What is the fragrance inspired by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon built by Nebuchadnezzar which were named for his queen. And who created it?

 Gwen:        Umm, you got me on this one. This is a double whammy. Wait a minute, hang on, it’s coming to me…I can smell it….Amyitis by Mona di Orio.

 Kay:            Yeah, It’s a beautiful soft green frag, lightly spiced and slightly floral. How did the heck did you remember this one – it’s not a front-and-center frag.

Gwen:        It helps to have a major in History with a minor in Classics.

 Kay:            And it also helps to have a memory like an elephant. You’ve perked up a little. Wanna keep going?

 Gwen:        No, gotta get back to the pile on my desk. But thanks, pal. I really do feel better now.

 Kay:            No problem. That’s what friends and perfume are for.    


Try some of our “historical” perfumes listed in our Decant Store. They’re all extremely memorable.