Diamond Jubilee Bouquet 2012 is a new limited edition from Grossmith, the brand which was successfully revived a few years ago by Simon and Amanda Brooke. Back in 1897, the venerable English house produced a scent to mark Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee, so this latest creation marks what you might call the establishment of a tradition... although heaven only knows when there might be a need for another diamond jubilee perfume!
I have been fortunate enough to receive a sample of DJB, but I haven't tried it yet, so I'm afraid I must turn to the marketing blurb for help on what to tell you about it. Reportedly a "creamy floral", it contains notes of narcissus, rose, vanilla, amber and hawthorn. Only 500 bottles will be produced and a percentage of all sales will be donated to the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Trust. All being well, I should be able to post a review of it here before too long, but I wanted to let you all know about its availability without delay, as I expect it'll sell out fairly quickly. Here endeth the cutting and pasting.
Whilst I'm in a disseminating mood, I'll just mention Chandler Burr's latest venture on OpenSky. It's called the Untitled Series, and every month, it'll see the sale of a limited number of bottles of an anonymous scent, in plain, lab-style containers. The identity of the perfume will be revealed on the last day of the month, just in time for the start of the next secret sale. In a somewhat inexplicable move, each fragrance will be coded in the manner of a TV programme: Season 1 Episode 1, Season 1 Episode 2, and so on. I confess I'm intrigued by the enterprise, not least because it raises the usual questions about the merits of blind testing. I, for one, prefer to know if a scent I'm wearing is called Enter The Boudoir or Summer Meadow, but then, if the Untitled Series makes us all fall in love with Escada's Taj Sunset, it'll certainly have proved some sort of point. I'll definitely be watching OpenSky with interest, but I won't be buying any episodes myself because... yes, you guessed it, only US residents are currently allowed to make purchases.
Finally - and, perhaps, most importantly - I have been informed that IFRA may have set their sights on Cashmeran, a beautiful, velvety, intimate-smelling synthetic musk from IFF. The material is vital to the formulae of fragrances such as Alien (Mugler), Dans Tes Bras (Frederic Malle) and Wonderwood (Comme Des Garçons) as well as much of the work of Mathilde Laurent. Please bear in mind that a restriction on the usage of Cashmeran has not yet been confirmed: we won't know exactly what's happening until IFRA release their next Amendment in a few weeks. But even so... perhaps it's time to stock up.