British perfume house Floris has launched three new fragrances, Royal Arms Diamond Edition, Victorious and Spencer Hart Palm Springs.
Royal Arms Diamond Edition (shown above) ~ "Royal Arms Diamond Edition is an adaptation of the highly acclaimed vintage Floris fragrance, ‘Royal Arms’, and has been reintroduced to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II. The original recipe from the 1920s is found within the hand written formula books and was created by the Floris family in the Jermyn Street Shop. The heart of this fragrance comes from the queen of flowers, the rose. Rose essence enrobed in a regal bouquet of jasmine, iris with ylang ylang and hints of sweet violet. Bergamot and lemon lift the heart of the perfume which is warmed by a nostalgic powdery base of amber, musk, patchouli and vanilla." In 100 ml Eau de Parfum.
Victorious ~ "Exclusively launched in 2012 to celebrate the spirit of Great Britain. Victorious brings together five fragrance families in a complex harmony to symbolise victory through endeavour." The scent features a marine accord, citrus (mandarin and grapefruit), floral (neroli, jasmine and petitgrain), woods (sandalwood and vetiver) and oriental notes (vanilla and spices). In 100 ml Eau de Parfum.
Spencer Hart Palm Springs (shown just above) ~ Developed for luxury tailor brand Spencer Hart. "Created to capture the essence of Palm Springs this bespoke blend is a reconstruction of a classical Floris fragrance from the 1950s. An intriguing mix of old and new, fresh and sultry, clean yet smoky, designed to express the originality and passion of Spencer Hart. An intriguing blend of clean citrus notes set against a smoky, spicy accord with a heart of carnation, lavender and ylang ylang underscored by sensual ambers, musk, sandalwood and vanilla." In 100 ml, concentration unknown.
The only one that I might want to try is Spencer Hart Palm Springs. The other two sound rather ordinary. Not a big Floris fan, me.
I will always have a fond place in my heart for Floris because of Malmaison. Admit I don’t have a favorite out of what they currently make, but it’s also true that I haven’t smelled many of the newer ones.
One word: wan.
Floris in general? One of those 3 new scents?
All of it makes me feel leached – but I’v never sniffed them so probably shouldn’t comment:)
SHPS sounds intriguing, but could be a hot mess. It almost seems as if some of those notes would have to be quite muted in order to get them to play well with each other. Worth trying, anyway!
Of the 3, that one sounds best to me.
Oh, I will probably have to get Royal Arms, as I am a big QE fangirl, and also because I like the idea that they’re using an older formula (and going on good faith that this is actually true!)
I loved Malmaison, as well. Sigh.
In a way though, I admire Floris for axing it rather than dumbing it down — if you can’t do it right, don’t do it!
Am I the only one wondering if “adaptation” means “We eliminated oakmoss, civet, and anything else that might at all be controversial and/or illegal”?
Oh, I’m sure — they haven’t much choice.