Elisabeth de Feydeau, author of A Scented Palace, on Marie Antoinette's daily bathing habits:
Each day, she dipped in a tub laced with a confection of blanched sweet almonds, pine nuts, linseed, marshmallow root and lily bulb, then rubbed her body clean with a sachet of bran.
A Scented Palace is about Marie Antoinette’s perfumer, Jean-Louis Fargeon. You may remember that last year Francis Kurkdjian recreated Sillage de la Reine, one of the perfumes Fargeon developed for the Queen, after Feydeau discovered the recipe in the French National Archives. You can read more about Sillage de la Reine at Osmoz (in French, and can I just add that the packaging does not live up to the romance of the back-story?); the quote is via an article by Bethan Cole in today's UK Times Online.
In other perfume news, George Dodd of Aroma Sciences hopes his new Spirit of Scotland fragrance, based on the aroma of malt whisky, will "form the basis of a new Scottish perfume industry". The fragrance will debut this fall, and includes notes of vetiver, narcissus and rose, blended to "recreate the traditional smoky and peaty smells of island malts such as Talisker and Laphroaig." Read the rest of the article in the Scotsman.