The Queen’s Perfume

Floris Royal Arms Diamond Edition

Who better to create a special Royal Jubilee fragrance than Floris? Did you know that Floris are Her Majesty the Queen’s own appointed perfumers? I’m sure that I’ve mentioned this before – perhaps in my bespoke perfumery post – but Floris really are a brand with an amazing heritage, and a trip to their magical shop on Jermyn Street is always a joy.

The Diamond Edition Royal Arms fragrance is an adaptation of a 1926 recipe that was created to celebrate Elizabeth II’s birth. If you’re a perfume collector or a collector of royal ‘memorabilia’ then this could be quite a special acquisition – I’m not sure ‘memorabilia’ is quite the right word, actually, but I’m at a loss for something better!

I suppose if you were a (very rich) perfume fanatic then you’d go for the luxe version which has been hand poured into an antique crystal bottle and finished with a 50 point white diamond suspended on a delicate chain…

…yours for £15,000, but snap it up quickly because only six have been made.

You and I, the serfs, (speak for yourself, Crilly! I hear you shout), will have to be content with the 100ml Eau de Parfum in the classic Floris bottle. It still looks extremely posh, but there’s no diamond. (Pah! Get yourself down to Elizabeth Duke at Argos, pick up one of those ‘gemstones on a chain’ things for a fiver. Sling it round the bottle. Poor Man’s Edition.) Seriously, though, this is posh stuff – beautifully bottled, beautifully blended, and you won’t smell every Tom, Dick and Harry wearing it as you regally waft down your local high-street.

If you want some scent-guidance, I can tell you that Royal Arms Diamond Edition is seriously floral. Things don’t get much more floral. It’s not the lightest fragrance in the world, but it’s complex and ever-changing as all interesting perfumes are. There’s Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Iris but then lighter, fresher, lemony notes and deeper, muskier notes. It’s described as having a ‘rose heart’, but don’t be fooled into thinking that this literally ‘smells like roses’. It doesn’t. It’s quite powdery, more powerful and absolutely what one would wear should one be invited to play croquet on the lawns.

Floris Royal Arms Diamond Edition is £99 for 100ml from Floris

10 comments

  1. Unfortunately even the “poor man’s” edition is way beyond this poor girl’s means! Will you look at that bottle?! It is just soooo luxurious & posh

  2. Ruth, you nasty girl:) Because of your post, after Robert Browning, I had to go and listen to Sam West (looove his voice) and Benedict Cumberbatch read “The Eve of St. Agnes” and “Ode to a nightingale”!:)
    Again, I’m not joking in spite of the smile. I do have these recordings and listen to them quite often.

  3. Finally! A lot of work + a very unstable internet connection have prevented me to keep up with the last posts (very interesting the one about the bread).
    I’d love to sniff this perfume:”Rose, Jasmine, Ylang Ylang and Iris but then lighter, fresher, lemony notes and deeper, muskier notes” sounds promising. I like flowery perfumes with musk undertones.
    The last sentence – about the croquet – evoked countless scenes from British films/TV series where people play this game in beautiful gardens and stirred up my anglophile feelings. This together with one of Ruth’s comments about walking a lot through the streets of London reminded me that it has been much too long since I’ve been there and then these verses came to my mind:
    “O, to be in England
    Now that April’s there,
    And whoever wakes in England
    Sees, some morning, unaware,
    That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf
    Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf,
    While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough
    In England – now!”

    Though the post’s “croquet remark” was a joke, I am absolutely not joking. I did have these feelings.

    • Oh Maria, I do love a bit of culture in my comments section! : )

      • Oh you are killing me…so miss not having been to England in way too long! The flowers alone at this time of year. (A very ancient MA in English lit who was less than a dissertation away from PhD when stopped to marry…you go, Ruth!!!)

  4. Hello Ruth,

    You’ve talked in one previous post of an up coming review of Emma Hardie products. Could you please do it this week ? I really want to know what you think about it !

  5. That is a real luxury perfume! Just had a look at the floris site; the JF seems nice. Have you scented/tried (for lack of a better word) any of the scents for men?
    Also are there any other scents for men you would recommend? The more “you won’t smell every Tom, Dick and Harry wearing it” the better. Currently I use Francis kurkdjian oud and lumiere noire. They both smell amazing though I seem to be getting quite use to the smell and am ready to try something new. Also really liked the bread maker post sounds like a great idea. The idea of fresh bread so easily done from your own kitchen is more than likely going to end up persuading to purchase one. Ah the simple luxuries.
    All of this was done from the iPhone in the car and it’s a bit hard to be able to read the message back as a whole; so please forgive what could be a very rambley poorly punctuated comment.

    • Hello Jason! The comment has come out just fine! Have you tried any of the Tom Ford Private Blend fragrances? Expensive, but you won’t smell many other people wearing them. Or as many! Azure Lime is really gorgeous! Floris do a fragrance called (I think) Mahon Leather. That’s pretty unusual. Also Penhaligons are worth a try. All of these smaller places will have more unusual scents. Try also Carter and Bond, and have a look on Ape to Gentleman for inspiration too! x