Scent of a Woman

Around the time of the Royal Wedding I received a heap of notices from fragrance brands claiming some of their number to be Bridal Scents.

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Around the time of the Royal Wedding I received a heap of notices from fragrance brands claiming some of their number to be Bridal Scents.

The notion was a new one on me - to pick a unique fragrance for your wedding day seems an odd thing to do. Memory is so closely linked to smell that what with the amount of unfamiliar factors at the occasion, it’s kind of nice that at least your scent is recognisable.

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But fast-forward six months and as you’re busy throwing money at products and treatments you’ve never tried before so that you can safely say that no stone was unturned in your quest for the perfect day, the whole Bridal Scent idea suddenly has legs.

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As most brides choose the gorgeous romance remit over hard-edged sex appeal for their dress, hair and make-up, the same logic should apply to your fragrance. So Dior’s Poison out, Jo Malone’s Vintage Gardenia in. For something uniquely pretty you can’t fail picking a scent from one of the brilliant British triumvirate of Penhaligon’s, Floris and Jo Malone.

Penhaligon’s Blenheim Bouquet, from £58, has long been a favourite of mine for its citrus and pine notes, great for Christmas too and it has a matching bath and shower gel, £25, for extra enveloping. Penhaligon’s Gardenia, £110, is a spring-like bouquet of Gardenia, Lily of the Valley and Orange Blossom, while Eau de Verveine, £110, is a beautiful complimentary scent for him, or you if you like something stronger.

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Penhaligon's also do fragrance favours, £12

Over at Floris, its Wedding Bouquet, £90, was created for the Royal Wedding and combines Jasmine (signifies eternal love), Lily of the Valley (says “you have made my life complete”), Orange Blossom (innocence and marriage) and Stephanotis (happiness in marriage). All nice things to have and the juice lasts an equally long time too. White Rose, £65, is also a popular choice with Rose, Violet, Jasmine and Iris.

Floris' Wedding Bouquet

Jo Malone’s roster of scents is well known and your options are numerous, but our pick for your big day are Vintage Gardenia, White Jasmine and Mint, Red Roses or English Pear & Freesia, all from £36. Scenting your venue with candles is a big trend and all of the above can be found in candle version for £38, try Pine & Eucalyptus for winter weddings too.

Jo Malone's Red Roses

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