Grossmith, an English perfume house originally established in 1835, has been relaunched by the great-grandson of the original founder working in collaboration with Roja Dove of the Haute Parfumerie at Harrods. Three of the original fragrances are now available:
Phul-Nana ~ "Hindi for 'lovely flower'. A fresh, sweet Floral composition with Aromatic Fougère overtones on a soft, warm, woody base. Originally created in 1891, this scent is a rare marriage of the herb garden with the flower garden, unusual in a feminine fragrance. It paved the way for the ‘oriental’ fragrances that were to follow." Fragrance notes include bergamot, orange, neroli, geranium, tuberose, ylang ylang, patchouli, benzoin, cedar, sandalwood, opoponax, tonka bean and vanilla.
Shem-el-Nessim ~ "Arabic for 'smelling the breeze'. The current trend for orris comes full circle with the rebirth of Shem-el-Nessim. This fragrance reprises the original orris formula, using Florentine iris, known for its rarity and expense, costing three times more than gold bullion. Originally created in 1906, this rich, luxurious creation typifies the L’Origan style with its warm, soft, powdery, floral aspect. A scent which personifies the Edwardian era in which femininity was fêted." The notes feature bergamot, neroli, geranium, jasmine, rose, ylang ylang, orris, musk, patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, heliotrope and vanilla.
Hasu-no-Hana ~ "The scent of the Japanese Lotus Lily. A bright, radiant Floral composition with pronounced Chypré and Oriental facets on a woody, dry, very sensual base. Originally created in 1888 this scent has a timeless quality which comes from its pioneering spirit. From the dawn of modern creative perfumery it is one of the scents that paved the way for modern fragrances." Notes include bergamot, bitter orange, rose, jasmine, ylang ylang, iris, patchouli, oakmoss, vetiver, cedar, sandalwood and tonka bean.
Grossmith Phul-Nana, Shem-el-Nessim and Hasu-no-Hana are available in 50 or 100 ml Eau de Parfum (see image at top, £95-185, a coffret of all three in 50 ml is £310) or in 10 or 100 ml Parfum (not shown, £110-425, a coffret of all 3 in 10 ml is £365), or in 85 ml Parfum in a limited edition Baccarat bottle etched with pure gold (second image from top). The bottle was reproduced from a 1919 Grossmith design, and is £5750. The range can be purchased in the UK at the Roja Dove Haute Parfumerie, at Fortnum & Mason, or online at Les Senteurs. (via press release)